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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!

Jan 27, 2020

Why Is My Succulent Dusty? What is that stuff?

What is that stuff? Why Is My Succulent Dusty?

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Jan 26, 2020

Succulent Hanging Basket - a beautiful, low maintenance display

Make a Succulent Hanging Basket; buck the trend and have something totally unique to hang on your porch...

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Jan 26, 2020

Modular Green Roof - an easy system for a tapestry roof

I built a Modular Green Roof; an easy and quick system for the green roof look, with less work; using modules makes for a seamless way to fix holes and add more plants...

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Jan 25, 2020

Flowering Succulent Plants - succulent plants with flowers

Flowering Succulent Plants; as if the beauty of the plants themselves wasn't enough, succulent plants with flowers in addition will knock your socks off...

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Jan 24, 2020

Tender Sedum - frost free stonecrop

Frost Free Sedum - tender stonecrop...

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Jan 22, 2020

Is something eating my plant baby?

I have had these brownish-red spots of my succulent for the past couple of weeks. I am wondering if it is either some sort of pest or maybe a soil or nutrient

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Jan 22, 2020

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective

Green Roofs Around the World - a geographic perspective...

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Jan 21, 2020

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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Jan 19, 2020

Garden Pictures | Photos and Images of Gardens

Garden Pictures, images and photos of gardens are the best way to find new designs, ideas and inspiration; use photographs of your garden for future planning

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Jan 17, 2020

Aeonium Flower - a rare occurrence, and bittersweet

A rare occurrence - and bittersweet - an Aeonium Flower...

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Jan 17, 2020

Poisonous Succulent Plants - common sense guidelines for safety

Use common sense for growing Poisonous Succulent Plants; here are some guidelines for safe growing

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Jan 15, 2020

rat tail cactus

Rat Tail Cactus in Trouble

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Jan 13, 2020

The Benefits of Xeriscaping for Your Home and the Environment

A yard is hard to take care of, especially when you need to keep plants alive. If you’re tired of taking care of a lawn that just won’t seem to stay green,

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Jan 10, 2020

Plant Identification - the mystery, solved

Plant Identification; how to recognize your plants, and why; learn what kinds of things are essential for knowing what your plant is so you know how they grow best...

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Jan 07, 2020

Rhipsalis - unusual plants that mimic others

Rhipsalis are a genus of uncommon but fascinating succulents; find out more about them here

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Jan 05, 2020

Vegetative Propagation in Plants

I'm addicted cutting pieces off plants, smuggling them home, and making them grow. I love the feeling of tugging on the plant in a week or two, and finding

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Jan 05, 2020

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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Jan 04, 2020

Help! Why am I dying

I can not make this plant happy and do not know what I am doing wrong

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Dec 31, 2019

Blue string of pearls

Hi Jacki, I live in Australia and someone here is selling seeds for blue string of pearls. I have only heard of the green and the variegated variety,

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Dec 29, 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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Dec 27, 2019

Courtyard Landscaping - your tiny garden oasis

Courtyard Landscaping should welcome your guests into a tiny garden oasis; as an entry to your dwelling, it is a sheltered area for relaxing, as well as an invitation to enter...

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Dec 27, 2019

Plant Pests Handbook - natural methods of biological pest control

Buy the Plant Pests HandBook here; biological pest control, natural insect repellents...

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Dec 26, 2019

Planting Ephemeral Containers - short lived beauty

Short lived beauty - Planting Ephemeral Containers...

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Dec 26, 2019

Succulent Identification Chart - find your unknown plant here

Use the Succulent Identification Chart to find your unknown succulents; puzzling over their names and how to care for them?

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Dec 24, 2019

Echeveria List A-Z - gorgeous 'hens and chicks' - the tender kind

Echeveria List A-Z; see if your favorite variety is here; beautiful and interesting succulent plants...

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Dec 24, 2019

Echeveria derenbergii - another lovely species

Echeveria derenbergii

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Dec 23, 2019

Crassula Bonsai - make a charming tiny tree from your Jade Plant

Crassula Bonsai are a new twist on an ancient art; training tiny trees to emulate the way nature makes them is easy using jade plants...

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Dec 23, 2019

Crassula - unique textures and forms

Crassula have graced homes, dorm rooms and dim corners for ages; recognize them for their contribution of an iron tough plant, with the ability to keep on going in challenging conditions...

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Dec 23, 2019

Echeveria - gorgeous tender succulents for containers & landscaping

Grow Echeveria, some of the most beautiful and varied tender succulents in containers, patio planters and garden displays; tender succulent plants with classic good looks...

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Dec 22, 2019

clusters of scalloped leaves, long creeping stems

This was labeled a Crassula when I bought it, but it doesn't seem quite like a jade to me. Those scalloped leaves? Is that jade-like? It grew so much

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Dec 22, 2019

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana - Flaming Katie

Flaming Katie, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana...

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Dec 22, 2019

Money Tree Care - Crassula ovata, the Jade Tree

Money Tree Care - Crassula ovata, the Jade Tree...

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Dec 22, 2019

Christmas Succulents - did you get a lovely plant for the holiday?

Did you get a lovely plant for the holiday? Find out how to care for your Christmas Succulents...

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Dec 22, 2019

Kalanchoe species - the more the merrier

There are so many great Kalanchoe species; you have most likely seen them, but may not have recognized them, as there are so many...

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Dec 21, 2019

Build a Moss Topiary for a centerpiece or display

Moss Topiary are not as difficult as they look, and they'll live and thrive for years without care...

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Dec 17, 2019

My succulent is out of control

Hi There, I purchased this plant back in the spring and it was lovely and compact.Now it seems to be stretching or putting out shoots. I'd like help

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Dec 17, 2019

Traumatized succulents

Hello, I bought a small garden wheelbarrow today with around 20 small succulents . Unfortunately on my way home the wheelbarrow fell over in the car and

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Dec 16, 2019

Propagation Tools - Best Tools for Plant Propagation

The Best Tools for Plant Propagation; make your job of growing more plants easier...

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Dec 16, 2019

Succulent Pictures - photos and images of succulents

Learn how to take the best Succulent Pictures for record keeping and pest control...

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Dec 15, 2019

Brown spots

I work for a woman who is 5 years into her succulent business Rooted stock in containers both outside and in greenhouse Zone 8b N. Central Florida (Gainesville)

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Dec 13, 2019

Succulent Plant Propagation - making more plants

Find out all about Succulent Plant Propagation and how to make more of our favorite plants by cuttings, pups and seeds...

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Dec 11, 2019

Find Your Planting Zone - plant hardiness depends on this

Before you plant, Find Your Planting Zone - there is no point in planting anything if it's not hardy in your garden...

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Dec 09, 2019

Thyme Project - are you using your Thyme wisely?

What is your latest Thyme Project? Are you using your Thyme wisely? Share your great landscaping project using thyme of any kind here...

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Dec 09, 2019

Will my succulent absorb toxins from plastic pot with cancer warning label

Hi,I've bought an aloe vera succulent, and it came in a small black plastic pot, which had a cancer warning label. Is there a chance my succulent absorbed

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Dec 07, 2019

Greenhouse roof shading

Hi, I have a 4 meter x 5 meter greenhouse on a cement slab. The roof is milky corrugated polycarbonate and the 4 walls are clear corrugated polycarbonate.

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Dec 04, 2019

How To Get a Cactus Thorn Out of Your Finger

How to Get a Cactus Thorn Out of Your Finger...

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Nov 28, 2019

Guest Post - How to Save Dying Cactus

How to Save Dying Cactus - a Guest Post

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Nov 27, 2019

Garden Mulch - the best mulching materials & how to use them

Using Garden Mulch maintains soil moisture, keeps weeds down, and leaches a tiny amount of nutrients every time it rains; your xeric garden needs mulch now

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Nov 27, 2019

Echeveria Hybrids - easy to grow plants for your succulent collection

Grow some of the most beautiful and easy going Echeveria Hybrids; add them to your succulent collection, or start yours now...

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Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this free e-course;  Fill in your name and email address on the form below to enroll!

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - click here to sign up...

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