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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!

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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Dec 02, 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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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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Nov 27, 2019

The Cactus Garden in Lanzarote

The Cactus Garden in Lanzarote - a guest post

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Nov 26, 2019

Xeric Garden Birds - feathered pest control

Xeric Garden Birds are always present in my garden; migratory songbirds visit and nest, lots of others are year round residents; all are welcome in my Xeric Garden...

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Nov 25, 2019

Succulents for Sale - see them, buy them!

If you are looking for Succulents for Sale, buy them here...I dare you to resist...

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Nov 25, 2019

Plant Guides - how to grow our favorite succulent plants

Plant Guides; how to grow our favorite succulent plants and other special houseplants; learn from a Certified Horticulturist what not to do...

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Nov 25, 2019

What's the Difference Between Sempervivum and Echeveria?

What's the Difference Between Sempervivum and Echeveria? Even though they look alike, they're not the same...

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Nov 23, 2019

Miniature Japanese Garden - a bowl, some moss and a rock

Make your own Miniature Japanese Garden; take one rustic rock, a hypertufa bowl, some moss, mix well and enjoy

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Nov 22, 2019

Debra Lee Baldwin - succulent plant maven and author

Debra Lee Baldwin is a household name in the succulent plant world; read my interview with her...

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Nov 20, 2019

Fuzzy Succulents - Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves

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

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Nov 20, 2019

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Hi, Home Depot is practically giving away the trees they have left. They are all outdoors. Do you think they are still alive if I plant them now will

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Nov 19, 2019

Japanese Rock Garden - natures rugged beauty, tamed

Japanese Rock Garden; natures rugged beauty, tamed and grown in carefully tended courtyards

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Nov 19, 2019

Landscaping with Rocks - from pebbles to boulders

Landscaping with Rocks; everything from pebbles to boulders are great additions in your xeriscape garden; special found stones gleaned from beaches, unique focal points...

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Nov 19, 2019

What to do with crunchy, brown leaves at base of plant?

I inherited this plant at my office from someone who was not doing a good job at remembering to water it. The leaves at the base of the plant are crispy/crunchy

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Nov 18, 2019

Schlumbergera; Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus & Thanksgiving too

Schlumbergera are more commonly known as Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus or Holiday Cactus; we have all seen them or owned one or two

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Nov 16, 2019

Gasteria - warty, strappy strange little long lived succulents

Gasteria are warty, strappy strange little long lived succulents with some unique characteristics to add some texture to your succulent house plant collection...

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Nov 08, 2019

Small, rich green succulent that looks to be in the Aloe genus...

My initial guess is Aloe aristata. From the pictures you can see that it has uniform small white nodules on the exterior face of the leaves. The edges

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Nov 07, 2019

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

Download the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book and learn the Horticulturists secrets...

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Nov 04, 2019

Adromischus - baby toes, frog toes and key lime plant

Adromischus cristata also goes by the names baby toes, frog toes and key lime plant...

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Nov 04, 2019

Succulent Identification Archive 3

Succulent Identification Archive 3

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Nov 03, 2019

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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Nov 02, 2019

Freak Cherry Tree?

About 35 years ago we planted a Montmorency cherry tree in our back yard in a suburb of Montreal. It has grown to about 40 ft, and yesterday a wind storm

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Nov 02, 2019

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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Oct 31, 2019

Faux Driftwood Moss Garden - the final result

Faux Driftwood Moss Garden - these flat dish like planters are getting their facelift, after a winter of weathering...

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Oct 30, 2019

Bye Bye Thirsty Lawn: Drought Resistant Lawn Alternatives

Many of us will have great memories of expanses of soft green grass, an idyllic place for playing baseball and games of hide and seek, having picnics,

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Oct 28, 2019

Topiary Turtle - an amusing & fun succulent garden craft

This Topiary Turtle is an amusing little creature covered with succulent plants; make one for a fun focal point in your garden...

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Oct 26, 2019

Garden Disaster - prevention is half the battle

Got a Garden Disaster on your hands? How to prevent them, or fix them after the damage is done...

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Oct 23, 2019

How to Take Pictures of Succulents - tips and tricks

How to Take Pictures of Succulents; tips and tricks to succulent photography...

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Oct 23, 2019

Master gardener uplimbed my cedar and magnolia trees. Want to cry

We just had some work done in our backyard by a Master Gardener and her team (my husband found this company on greenpal to mow our lawn a few times and

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Oct 21, 2019

Water Conservation - our most precious resource - use it wisely

Water Conservation; a precious resource which we have to use wisely by growing succulents and drought tolerant plants in our xeriscape gardens

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Oct 18, 2019

How To Make Hypertufa

How To Make Hypertufa...

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Oct 18, 2019

Columar Spruce Loosing Bark

My Columar Spruce is loosing bark at the base of the tree. This started happening two years ago. Is my spruce doomed? We live Colorado in Zone 5a.

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Oct 18, 2019

Growing and dormant times

I have lots of succulents but still confused with growing and dormant times. Since most are from different countries do we follow that countries growing

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Oct 17, 2019

10 Best Perennials for Butterflies - choose from these...

Choose from these 10 Best Perennials for Butterflies, and attract flying flowers to your garden...

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Oct 16, 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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Oct 16, 2019

Diatomaceous Earth - tiny fossilized sea creatures

Diatomaceous Earth is one of the best natural pest controls there is; and it's completely safe for the environment, not so much for the bugs in your garden...

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Oct 16, 2019

How do I grow white Agapathus from seed? They seem to always grow blue!

How do I grow White Agapathus from seed? They seem to always grow blue!

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Oct 14, 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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Oct 11, 2019

Too much or too little watering?

The leaves on my avocado seedling are turning black, curling and getting dry and brittle on the edges. I keep the soil moist and it gets light, indirect

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Oct 09, 2019

Drought Tolerant Plants - water wise & low maintenance landscaping

Drought Tolerant Plants can add a lush and luxurious look to your garden, xeric or not...

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Oct 09, 2019

Fairy Garden Plants; get in on the miniature landscape craze

Which are the best Fairy Garden Plants? You may already have some in your garden right now; look for compact growth, tiny leaves, and the ability to take a challenge...

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Oct 09, 2019

Epiphyllum - the tree dwelling Orchid Cactus

Epiphyllum are commonly known as Orchid Cactus for their dinner plate sized flowers; once you see them, you recognize them anywhere...

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Oct 08, 2019

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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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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