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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!

Aug 24, 2019

Fungus on sunflowers

I recently got around to treating my fungus infected sunflowers too late. Should I uproot them or cut them at the base?

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Aug 23, 2019

Soggy leaves

Good morning thank you for your response . I purchased this plant about 3 weeks ago and the leaves were thick and plump. Some of the leaves are wilted

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Aug 22, 2019

Help with my cactus

Hi! I have a cactus that did excellent last year and this year is brown and yellow. The cactus is located in the same spot as last year. I can’t tell the

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Aug 21, 2019

Help! What are these?

Hi, I have two succulents that I have no idea what they are. I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide. The first is the green bushy

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Aug 20, 2019

Light Requirements for Succulents - how bright is bright?

How bright is bright? Light Requirements for Succulents...

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Aug 19, 2019

Xeric Plants - the crowning glory of your xeriscaping garden

Xeric Plants are drought tolerant, tough and beautiful; find out which are my most recommended for challenging conditions...

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Aug 19, 2019

Distressed and weathered Shabby Chic Painted Pots

Shabby Chic Painted Pots - distressed and weathered, on purpose...

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Aug 17, 2019

Indian climate for succulents

I'm from middle India. In summers it's around 45° celsius or 113° Fahrenheit. 90% of my succulents died. They were quite easy to grow species but still

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Aug 15, 2019

Aphids on Succulents

Most species of succulent such as Jade Plant, Agave, or Crassula Tetragona are tough and will survive on a strong heat of summer. They are drought-tolerant

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Aug 14, 2019

Vine growing on fence

I’m in East Tennessee and there is a vine growing on my fence and producing big green bulbs with seeds in them, what are they?

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Aug 07, 2019

reminds me of a cat tail

It's green and has these thorn looking leaves sprouting upwards and it curls like a cats tail, do you know what it is? Drought Smart Plants reply: Hi

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Aug 07, 2019

Flower or Leaf?

Can you give the name of this flower?

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Jul 30, 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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Jul 24, 2019

Yellow/brown spots on dwarf Myer lemon tree

Help! I discovered yellow/orangish spots on my dwarf Myer Lemon tree on the top of the leaves and branches. Could you please identify the disease/insect/fungus

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Jul 22, 2019

Vinca Major problem

Here in Dallas, my vinca major has gone from healthy to looking like it's been sprayed with weed killer. Someone mentioned leaf rollers but I don't see

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Jul 21, 2019

Converting a tiled water fountain to an above ground flower garden

I am converting an 8x8x1’ ceramic tile lined water fountain to an above ground flower garden. I live in Greeley co which is in hardiness zone 5b, and is

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Jul 16, 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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Jul 14, 2019

Is it really dead?

Zone 5 My yard always floods a little but this spring was brutal! Cool/cold, cloudy, rainy all March, April, May and even into June. 3, burgundy star

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Jul 08, 2019

Male Mulberry tree with fruit

We have a huge male mulberry tree. This year for the first time that I have noticed, there are a few branches on it loaded with mulberries. My neighbour

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Jul 02, 2019

Brown balls

I found brown balls in my outdoor plant that are hard and when I busted them they let out powder. When I wet them they let off smoke. Can you tell me what

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Jul 02, 2019

What are these plants?

Hello: This is my 3rd try... can you please identify the plants in this photo? I know the one in the back is a jade but what are the two in the foreground?

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Jun 28, 2019

leaves

What trees do these leaves belong to?

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Jun 19, 2019

Crepe Myrtle tree

We live in Delaware and one of our Crepe Myrtle trees has issues with the trunk as evidenced by various photos. Our landscaping department in our community

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Jun 19, 2019

half of my burning bush is dying

What would cause my burning bush (fire bush) to suddenly die on just one side, in less than a week? (It's approximately 10 years old).

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Jun 18, 2019

My Cactus Is REALLY Growing

Hi there! We got our cactus about 6 months ago and since then it's REALLY been growing. The top of the cactus is mushrooming out, and it's starting to

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Jun 16, 2019

Flower Garden Tips - make yours fabulous

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

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Jun 16, 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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Jun 16, 2019

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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Jun 15, 2019

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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Jun 14, 2019

21 Unique Succulent Planters - Summer Ideas

21 Unique Succulent Planters; odd and unusual ways to grow succulent plants...

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Jun 12, 2019

How to Grow Thyme - best tips for happy, healthy thyme plants

How to Grow Thyme; tips and secrets for successfully growing thyme...

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Jun 12, 2019

Thymus pseudolanuginosus - Woolly Thyme

Thymus pseudolanuniginosus, the woolly thyme is hard to resist; looking just like a pale blue green Shetland sweater, it flows down steps in a soft wave and makes a textural thyme lawn

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Jun 12, 2019

Mother's Day

Good morning from Ohio. My 1 year old grandson(so my son and daughter-in-law) got this for me for Mother's Day this year. I've never had a succulent

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Jun 10, 2019

What seed did I buy

Hi,I bought pyracantha seeds and these are what are growing. Are they pyracantha?

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Jun 09, 2019

I done F-ed up. Help please?

Hello I think I made a huge mistake and I’d like help please. I planted three cypress trees about a foot apart, because they’re gorgeous and fill the

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Jun 07, 2019

When can my Mother of Millions go Outside

I have some newly potted Mother of Millions plants. How warm do warm do temperatures need to be for me to leave them outside day and night?

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Jun 07, 2019

Landscaper Shares 4 Tips For Low Water Consumption Landscaping Design

Being able to efficiently use water is an important part about being not just a good landscaper, but also an environmentally conscious one. However,

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Jun 06, 2019

Xeriscaping - dry gardening and xeric gardens; fad, or new mindset?

Xeriscaping is now on all gardeners minds; whether you like it or not, we have challenging conditions to grow our gardens in; get used to it

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Jun 04, 2019

21 Charming Succulent Planters - stay motivated for more ideas

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...page 3

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Jun 03, 2019

How to Grow Cold Hardy Cacti - the ultimate drought smart plants

Learn How to Grow Cold Hardy Cacti; the ultimate Drought Smart Plants

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Jun 03, 2019

How to Grow Sempervivum - tips for the happiest Hens and Chicks

Learn How to Grow Sempervivum, the hardy hens and chicks plants; tips and techniques for happy houseleeks

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Jun 03, 2019

Insect Identification - identify the bugs in your xeric garden

Insect Identification is one more facet of gardening to combat pests, attract beneficial pollinators and butterflies, as well as fascinate in its own right...

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Jun 03, 2019

Multi message

Location: Indoors, London, UK Light: Lots of light Temperature: 15-25°C 1.Aloe vera with pups. How much water does it need? Could I get it to flower?

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Jun 03, 2019

Climate Adjustment

I live in Michigan, but I like tropical plants. Is there a way, even if it is over years or something, to adapt tropical plants to growing outside in

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Jun 02, 2019

Spider mites or Fungi

Does my Avocado plant have Fungus or mites? I am terrified to loose him. He is almost 1yr old. about 8 months. I am new to growing and know I have a lot

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May 29, 2019

Best Succulent Containers - patio planters & deck pots with succulents

The Best Succulent Containers are textural, lush and overflowing with a wide selection of healthy succulent plants; get ideas here...

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May 29, 2019

Bouys and The tree of lost soles

I have turned beach trash into art. I have planted succulents in buoys and shoes found on the beach and decorated a dead tree. Drought Smart Plants reply:

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May 29, 2019

Crepe Myrtle: Witches Broom

I am located in Atlanta GA. I have a 6 ft Crepe Myrtle total consumed with Witches Broom disease. A Cyprus was previously removed and replaced with this

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May 28, 2019

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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