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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 01, 2020

How to Grow Echeveria - a guide to the most gorgeous Echeveria ever

How to Grow Echeveria; find out the secrets, tips and hints from a Certified Horticulturist; these plants are some of the most beautiful of all succulent plants...

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Mar 31, 2020

What are these and are they worth keeping?

Bought a house- these are in front by the street. What are they, how do I trim them to make them look decent. I do need to keep them to block street

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Mar 30, 2020

kalanchoe rotten

My kalanchoe is seriously rotten. I have it inside. I already cut all rotten flowers and leaves but it is like this for some days now. I dont water it

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Mar 27, 2020

Is this poisonous?

I have Berries falling from a tree/bush that my dogs are eating. I am new to CA and need to know if they are dangerous to them. I have received conflicting

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Mar 26, 2020

Is it invasive

Hi there! I live in a woodland area in Nelson county VA and want to be mindful of not planting invasive around the house that could escape to the forest.

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Mar 25, 2020

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

Got top heavy succulents? Pruning Succulent Plants isn't difficult - let me teach you...

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Mar 22, 2020

An unhappy fiddle

I have had a fiddle tree for the last 5 months, lately it’s been a little unhappy, some leaves around the bottom have turned yellow and have fallen off.

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Mar 19, 2020

7 amazing Agave types for the desert garden

It doesn’t matter whether you live in a dry area that requires a desert garden (xeriscaping) or in a location that gets plenty of rain. Agaves are for

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Mar 15, 2020

Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative

Make a Thyme Lawn, and take the summer off; no mowing, fertilizing or fuss with a great lawn alternative...

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Mar 08, 2020

Neighbor Says She Planted It...I think it’s a weed...

Is this something that someone would plant or is this just a naturally occurring “weed”; like a dandelion?

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Mar 07, 2020

Moving Succulents - relocate them without hurting them

Moving Succulents - relocate them without hurting them...

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Mar 03, 2020

Sempervivum in Winter; Hens and Chicks go dormant

Sempervivum in Winter have a whole different look; don't worry, they're not dead, just dormant and resting...

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Feb 24, 2020

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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Feb 19, 2020

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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Feb 19, 2020

What Do I Do With My Succulent Flower Stalk?

What Do I Do With My Succulent Flower Stalk - leave it, or cut it off?

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Feb 17, 2020

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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Feb 17, 2020

Lava Rock - my favorite red volcanic mulch

Lava Rock is my favorite red volcanic mulch; leaching a tiny amount of nutrients, this mulching material also shades the soil, prevents weed growth, and protects the soil from erosion...

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Feb 17, 2020

Ask the Horticulturist - go on, ask me your question about plants!

Ask the Horticulturist your questions about plants and gardening; if you have a query about a plant problem here is the place to ask; yes, I am a Certified Horticulturist

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Feb 16, 2020

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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Feb 16, 2020

Senecio; daisy flowers on succulent stems and leaves - interesting!

The genus Senecio contains some very unique and beautiful plants, well worth adding to your collection. If you don't already have chalksticks, Vertical Leaved Senecio and others, get started now

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Feb 16, 2020

Paddle plant drooping help

Hi, What should I do with it? I live in Finland, the plant has been on south window and I try not to over water, but the lower leaves are kind of mushy.

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Feb 16, 2020

Plant on your website?

This image of a plant is on your website. I have two and would like to know what it is. I been told it might be a Senecio but im not sure. I got one from

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Feb 11, 2020

Pacific Tree Frog, Pseudacris regilla

The Pacific Tree Frog is a common sight in my xeric garden, once you know where to look...

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Feb 11, 2020

Xeric Garden Projects - add value with landscaping and xeriscaping

Add value to your landscaping with Xeric Garden Projects; whether it's planting more drought tolerant plants, building a rain garden, constructing a patio or pergola...

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Feb 11, 2020

10 Best Succulents for Beginners - Which Succulent Should I Get?

Have instant success with these 10 Best Succulents for Beginners; easy and most successful types of succulents

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Feb 11, 2020

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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Feb 11, 2020

Snake plant roots

I was propagating a snake plant and its roots were white a month go however now its roots he turned red and im concerned i planted it back into the soil

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Feb 10, 2020

Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds - succulent plant propagation

Wanting to grow more succulent plants? Start by Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds and learn how to propagate them...

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Feb 07, 2020

Heart Tin Mosaic - fun way to display succulents

A new way to display your succulents; a Heart Tin Mosaic to hang on a wall or fence...

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Feb 06, 2020

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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Feb 05, 2020

Succulent Plant Care - light, soil and cultivation requirements

Succulent Plant Care tips and instructions for caring for succulents; how to grow your favorite plants successfully...

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Feb 05, 2020

Rare Hardy Succulents - the uncommon, the unusual, the sought after

Rare Hardy Succulents; the uncommon and unusual sought after specialty plants; tough and beautiful...

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Feb 05, 2020

Planting; a guide to your gardening success

Planting is one of those tasks that seems simple, and then when your plants die, you realize that it's the most important thing to do right, for a successful garden

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Feb 04, 2020

How to Grow Lithops - cultivating Pebble Plants and Living Stones

How to Grow Lithops; those fascinating Pebble Plants and Living Stones; just because they look like rocks, don't let that fool you...

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Feb 04, 2020

How to Grow Jovibarba species - allionii, arenaria, hirta & sobolifera

How to Grow Jovibarba species in your rock garden, succulent crafts or topiary; the easiest and most forgiving of all the hardy succulents...

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Feb 03, 2020

Blue muffin vibernum

Can I cut the witches brooms of of my viburnum plants? They are out of control.I am try not to reduce the height of the bushes too much.These are blocking

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Jan 29, 2020

Succulent Crafts e-Course - find out how to make unique planters

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts e-Course - 10 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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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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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

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