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The Drought Smart Plants Blog...

Succulents of all kinds are easy to use in crafts and projects; find the latest weird and wonderful ways to plant these tough yet beautiful plants in odd and unusual displays.

Growing them in containers or in gardens doesn't mean you'll be glued to the garden hose; they don't need lots of water.

Low maintenance doesn't mean dull; you'll see lots of fun ideas and ways to use drought tolerant plants in your garden.

These are new or updated pages; nothing but the most current releases here!

Apr 22, 2019

Succulent Care Handbook - How to Care For Succulents

Your Guide to Healthy Succulents - Succulent Care Handbook...

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Apr 21, 2019

Aloe Succulent Plants - identification chart

Aloe Succulent Plants; identification chart for these striped, spotted and speckled collectors dream plants - reliable, textural and drought tolerant...

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Apr 21, 2019

Please don't let my 35yr old gardenia die!

I have a 30+ yr old gardenia plant. Purchased at a nursery over 30yrs ago for mother's Day. I inherited the plant from my mum. She was able to propagate

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Apr 14, 2019

Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous

The Best Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous with these ideas...

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Apr 14, 2019

Flowering Plant Life Cycle - how the blooming cycle works

Find out how the blooming cycle works; Flowering Plant Life Cycle...

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Apr 09, 2019

Containers for Succulents - rustic, classic, rugged, funky or salvaged

Containers for Succulents; rustic salvage planters; sleekly classic urns; funky hypertufa or rugged natural materials; it's all fair game when planting succulents...

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Apr 05, 2019

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

Textured, smooth, chubby, spikey; there are all Types of Succulents to choose from...

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Apr 05, 2019

Succulents with Stinky Flowers

Succulents With Stinky Flowers...

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Apr 02, 2019

Terracotta Clay Pots - my favorite containers for succulents

Terracotta Clay Pots have many benefits for your succulents; heavy enough to keep them upright in a windstorm, porous for air exchange, and beautiful...

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Mar 31, 2019

An you grow Blueberries from planting them?

Can you start Blueberries from planting them??My grand babies asked me that and we live in Zone 9

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Mar 28, 2019

Identify my tree

Is this an Ornamental Peach or Cherry Blossom? It sure looks like a Japanese Cherry Blossom with the single layer of petals, but the neighbor who gave

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Mar 25, 2019

Write For This Site - guest posts accepted

Guest Posts Accepted - Write for this Site...

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Mar 23, 2019

Japanese stonecrop leaves falling off

I have a Japanese stonecrop plant. The leaves are falling off sooner than expected. Been putting it in sunlight all day and still nothing has improved.

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Mar 17, 2019

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents

Make your own Succulent Sphere; globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Mar 15, 2019

Pest Control - eliminate insects and pests on succulent plants

Use natural Pest Control to eliminate insects and pests on your succulent plants; mechanical methods such as trapping, using diatomaceous earth or other natural materials or cultivation...

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Mar 15, 2019

Mealy bugs

Do you have a solution for dealing with mealy bugs? They seem to only be on my jade plants. Most of what I read is wipe down every leaf with a Qtip.

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Mar 14, 2019

My new plant is drooping

I have got this Jade plant as a gift. Its with me for a month now. I have followed the instructions; (1) water 10ml twice a week (2)sunlight 2hrs per

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Mar 13, 2019

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - the Flapjacks Plant

Growing Kalanchoe thyrsiflora in your succulent collection adds height and drama; there are no lightweight and dainty plants here...

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Mar 11, 2019

Blue Succulents - a favorite color

Is your favorite color blue? Then you'll like these Blue Succulents...

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Mar 11, 2019

Spiky Leaf Succulents

Spiky Leaf Succulents - find out what kind of succulent you have...

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Mar 05, 2019

Valentine's succulents

I was gifted a pot of succulents, and while they're looking better than in the photo (taken the day they arrived), I honestly can't figure out what they

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Mar 05, 2019

White flies from cotton plants are eating my lantana?

Last spring I planted colorful lantana outside my back wall. Usually pest resistant in other areas I lived in, but I now live near cotton fields. And

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Mar 01, 2019

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business; learn how here...

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business; growing succulents for profit...

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Mar 01, 2019

Angel trumpet growth problem

Every autumn I cut back my angel trumpet and bring it indoors. Around mid-May when all danger of frost has passed and it´s reached the ceiling I take it

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Feb 28, 2019

WHEN TO REPOT

I have a Sticks on Fire (Euphorbia tirucalli) that is 10 years old and 2 1/2 ft tall. Spends winters in side and outside when warms up in zone 5. My question

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Feb 28, 2019

WHEN TO REPOT

I have a large sticks on fire Euphorbia tirucalli that is about 10 years old and 2 1/2ft tall. In winter it is inside and then outside when weather warms.

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Feb 28, 2019

How To Start A Succulent Plant Business, step by step

Step by step instructions for How To Start a Succulent Plant Business...

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Feb 27, 2019

Lithops - living stones, split rocks or pebble plants

Lithops are the most well camouflaged of any plant; they are called living stones, split rocks or pebble plants for a good reason; they are well disguised...

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Feb 27, 2019

Echeveria Jackie Care

Hello. I received an Echeveria Jackie plant last year and this year it bloomed flowers on a long stem. Once the flowers have died, do I need to prune the

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Feb 25, 2019

Succulents Pot Size - how big a pot do they need?

How big a pot do succulent plants need? Succulents Pot Size tips...

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Feb 23, 2019

Rain Gardens - prevent siltation with seasonal plants

Rain Gardens prevent soil erosion and flooding; planting specialized plants that like being seasonally indundated with water...

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Feb 23, 2019

Tender Succulent Plants - those fabulous fat plants

Tender Succulent Plants; if your addiction is just getting off the ground, or well under way, this is information just for you...

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Feb 23, 2019

Fuzzy Succulents - Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves

Fuzzy Succulents - Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves...

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Feb 22, 2019

Sedum Root Over Rock Bonsai - not your every day bonsai

Sedum is not your first choice of bonsai material, but check out this Sedum Root Over Rock Bonsai - it's amazing...

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Feb 21, 2019

Please identify this beautiful succulent!

Hi, I live in Mentone California. I bought this lovely bluish plant with purple stalks about 3 years ago, as a plant about 6 inches high. The plant was

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Feb 21, 2019

Waterlogged Succulents - helpful tips for drowning plants

Helpful tips for your drowning plants; what to do with Waterlogged Succulents...

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Feb 21, 2019

What kind of succulents did I buy?

Can you help me identify these two succulents and maybe give me some advice on how to care for them? Thank you! (You can’t see in the photo but the striped

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Feb 19, 2019

Succulent without a label that I have named Ferdinand.

I was helping my roommate out by going with him to the home and garden store with my pickup for a few big purchases, and I saw this little dixie cup sized

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Feb 16, 2019

Miniature Gardens - Lilliputian, diminutive jewels

Building your own Miniature Gardens is so much fun - your imagination can run wild; these fascinating miniature scenes aren't just for kids...

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Feb 14, 2019

Possibly an Australian shrub

Hi, I would appreciate if you’re able to help. I have two questions. 1. We have a shrub in our garden (South Devon) and have been told it’s native to

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Feb 12, 2019

Sedum niveum - adorable and tiny stonecrop species

Sedum niveum is a delicate appearing but surprisingly tough little plant, but such a little charmer that you just have to have it...

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Feb 12, 2019

Over watered Sansevieria

When I bought a Sansevieria a few weeks ago I noticed that the soil was wet. A couple of weeks later one of the leaves fell off. Although I haven´t watered

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Feb 11, 2019

Please identify, if possible.

Hello, I bought this plant at a local supermarket here in U.K. It was labelled as Succulent, very helpful. The whole plant is about 5 across and appears

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Feb 11, 2019

Rosularia - lovely hardy succulents for troughs and rockeries

Rosularia are a misleading genus; they make you believe that they're delicate and frail, but in realiity, they are tough as nails; rockeries, troughs and xeric gardens are their favorite haunts...

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Feb 10, 2019

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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Feb 10, 2019

Succulent Soil - good drainage, happy succulent plants

The right Succulent Soil is the most important part of growing succulent plants; if they don't have good drainage they won't be happy; most succulent plants like a lean soil...

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Feb 10, 2019

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

Succulent ID App - the handy little application for any device...

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Feb 07, 2019

My philodendron is not growing well

Well, that was the heading.... I spent 30+ minutes figuring out what to write and typing it as well as taking and uploading 4 photos (additional time).

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Feb 06, 2019

Photos of Troubled Flapjack Plant

Hey. I posted about brown spots on my flapjack. I've attached some photos this time. I havent had him very long. He didnt have any spots when I bought

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