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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 13, 2018

Root Planters - unique rustic garden crafts to display succulents

Root Planters; use roots and stumps to make unique rustic containers for hardy succulents...

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Dec 13, 2018

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 08, 2018

Amaryllis from Seed; grow your own gorgeous flowering bulb

Growing your own Amaryllis from Seed is a long term prospect, but one that will be so satisfying...

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Dec 04, 2018

Is it okay to trim a succulent?

I have had these two gems for a while. The shorter one I believe to be an Aloe nobilis that has suddenly grown tall leaves. I've had that one about a year.

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Dec 01, 2018

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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Dec 01, 2018

Waterlogged Succulents - helpful tips for drowning plants

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

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Nov 30, 2018

Succulent Care Handbook - How to Care For Succulents

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

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Nov 26, 2018

The Mexican Strawberry Pot - well loved and often planted

That old Mexican Strawberry Pot is one of the most loved and often planted containers for succulents

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Nov 25, 2018

Oh really over watered outside succulent plants in pots due to heavy rains

I live in Northern California and we've had plenty of rain for the past 3 days. I'm new to actually really taking care of my succulent plants and I found

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Nov 22, 2018

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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Nov 22, 2018

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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Nov 19, 2018

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 19, 2018

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 18, 2018

What is the Difference Between Sedum and Sempervivum?

What is the Difference Between Sedum and Sempervivum?

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Nov 17, 2018

21 Charming Succulent Planters - spring inspiration

Spring into a brand new season of fun with this round up of 21 Charming Succulent Planters - one or more of them will inspire you for sure...

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Nov 16, 2018

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to successfully overwinter your succulent plants with the Winterizing Succulents E-Course...

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Nov 15, 2018

Succulent Plant Business; how to do it right

Thinking of starting a Succulent Plant Business? Do it right with the guidelines here...

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Nov 12, 2018

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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Nov 08, 2018

What is your mystery Succulent? Succulent Plant Identification

The correct Succulent Plant Identification will help you to look after your plants and make them thrive; ask here what on earth your succulents are...

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Nov 06, 2018

Mexican petunias

We live in central Texas. Should the Mexican Petunias be in a green house during the freezing temps and snow or will they be fine left out in the yard?

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Nov 05, 2018

Funny Garden Signs - more whimsy for your garden

Funny Garden Signs - design your own whimsical garden accessories...

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Nov 04, 2018

How Many Plants can I plant into a shallow dish?

How Many Plants should I plant into a container for the best and most lush look?

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Nov 03, 2018

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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Nov 03, 2018

Echeveria Flowering - the most beautiful blooms

When you see an Echeveria Flowering, you'll gasp in awe - they are so beautiful as a flowering succulent...

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Nov 03, 2018

Hardy Succulents; tough and reliable in cold winter climates

Grow the Hardy Succulents that I recommend in your garden; you'll be amazed at their toughness, and beauty...

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Oct 23, 2018

Sempervivum Picture Gallery R-Z

This Sempervivum Picture Gallery shows species and varieties alphabetically from R-Z; rich, lush textural foliage and colors...how fascinating and awe inspiring...

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Oct 22, 2018

Daffodils - the golden host

Daffodils thrive in dry gardens - there are indeed drought tolerant bulbs...

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Oct 19, 2018

Write For This Site - guest posts accepted

Guest Posts Accepted - Write for this Site...

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Oct 17, 2018

Overwintering Geraniums - tips and methods

Learn the tips and techniques for successfully Overwintering Geraniums...

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Oct 12, 2018

Wood Sorrel

We have many potted wood sorrel plants and bring them in the house in the winter. Is it possible to just dig up and store the tubers over the winter instead

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Oct 11, 2018

Elephant Ears with seed Pods

I have grown elephant ears for years and have loved them. This spring I bought about 5 more and planted them and I have seed pods galore. I would like

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Oct 09, 2018

weeds

where does cutleaf ground cherry come from? Do deer like it?

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Oct 06, 2018

Would you separate these trees?

A few years back family members gave us several Hibiscus trees which we planted in a row. One had several branches right off the base but we thought nothing

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Oct 05, 2018

Bradford Pears

I live in eastern SC and the Bradford Pear trees are blooming. Not sure why, but I think it's because it was unusually warm all September and continues

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Oct 03, 2018

Water Saving Tips to conserve water in your home and garden

Water Saving Tips can conserve our most precious resource; use water wisely in the garden and utilize what we have - no wanton waste here!

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Sep 30, 2018

cannot identify this succulent; can you help please

would like to purchase this succulent for our daughter; however, the teller in the bank who owns it doesn't know the name of it. Hoping you can help.

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Sep 22, 2018

Echeveria Laui lost its coating

Hello! I have just started to cultivate succulents and I think I have already made my first mistake. My laui got mealy bugs, so I went at my local gardening

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Sep 17, 2018

Hardy Orchids of British Columbia - fragile, yet tough wildflowers

The Hardy Orchids of British Columbia are amazing, varied and tough; their fragile appearance can fool you into believing they're not able to withstand drought...

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Sep 14, 2018

Can you identify this plant please?

We bought this at a plant sale in the UK. The seller didn’t know what it was. It’s now about 12 inches high. Thank you.

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Sep 12, 2018

Autumn in the Xeric Garden - you thought summer color was great...

If you thought the summer color was great, wait until Autumn in the Xeric Garden; it will rip your eyeballs out...

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Sep 10, 2018

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

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

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Sep 10, 2018

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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Sep 09, 2018

Xeria E-Zine - keep up to date with succulents

Xeria E-Zine; stay up to date with all the news & announcements from Drought Smart Plants...

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Sep 08, 2018

Ferns - not as needy as you might think

Ferns are not normally thought of as drought tolerant, but you might be surprised at their tactics and strategies...

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Sep 06, 2018

Succulent Wedding Bouquet - flowers that aren't flowers at all

Make your own Succulent Wedding Bouquet for the bride and her attendants; what could be more in style, and sustainable?

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Sep 06, 2018

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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Sep 06, 2018

Cactus and identification and value

Unfortunately, A negligent driver jumped the curb in front of my house and took out a large portion of my favorite cactus. I am hoping that you can identify

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Sep 04, 2018

Overwintering Tender Succulents E-Course - quick version

Learn all about Overwintering Tender Succulents with the E-Course quick version; information, fast...

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Sep 01, 2018

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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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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