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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!

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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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 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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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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