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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 22, 2019

Sedum Root Over Rock Bonsai - not your every day bonsai

Sedum is not your first choice of bonsai material, but check out this Sedum Root Over Rock Bonsai - it's amazing...

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Feb 21, 2019

Please identify this beautiful succulent!

Hi, I live in Mentone California. I bought this lovely bluish plant with purple stalks about 3 years ago, as a plant about 6 inches high. The plant was

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Feb 21, 2019

Waterlogged Succulents - helpful tips for drowning plants

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

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Feb 21, 2019

What kind of succulents did I buy?

Can you help me identify these two succulents and maybe give me some advice on how to care for them? Thank you! (You can’t see in the photo but the striped

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Feb 19, 2019

Succulent without a label that I have named Ferdinand.

I was helping my roommate out by going with him to the home and garden store with my pickup for a few big purchases, and I saw this little dixie cup sized

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Feb 16, 2019

Miniature Gardens - Lilliputian, diminutive jewels

Building your own Miniature Gardens is so much fun - your imagination can run wild; these fascinating miniature scenes aren't just for kids...

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Feb 14, 2019

Possibly an Australian shrub

Hi, I would appreciate if you’re able to help. I have two questions. 1. We have a shrub in our garden (South Devon) and have been told it’s native to

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Feb 12, 2019

Sedum niveum - adorable and tiny stonecrop species

Sedum niveum is a delicate appearing but surprisingly tough little plant, but such a little charmer that you just have to have it...

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Feb 12, 2019

Over watered Sansevieria

When I bought a Sansevieria a few weeks ago I noticed that the soil was wet. A couple of weeks later one of the leaves fell off. Although I haven´t watered

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Feb 11, 2019

Please identify, if possible.

Hello, I bought this plant at a local supermarket here in U.K. It was labelled as Succulent, very helpful. The whole plant is about 5 across and appears

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Feb 11, 2019

Rosularia - lovely hardy succulents for troughs and rockeries

Rosularia are a misleading genus; they make you believe that they're delicate and frail, but in realiity, they are tough as nails; rockeries, troughs and xeric gardens are their favorite haunts...

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Feb 10, 2019

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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Feb 10, 2019

Succulent Soil - good drainage, happy succulent plants

The right Succulent Soil is the most important part of growing succulent plants; if they don't have good drainage they won't be happy; most succulent plants like a lean soil...

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Feb 10, 2019

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

Succulent ID App - the handy little application for any device...

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Feb 07, 2019

My philodendron is not growing well

Well, that was the heading.... I spent 30+ minutes figuring out what to write and typing it as well as taking and uploading 4 photos (additional time).

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Feb 06, 2019

Photos of Troubled Flapjack Plant

Hey. I posted about brown spots on my flapjack. I've attached some photos this time. I havent had him very long. He didnt have any spots when I bought

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Feb 01, 2019

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

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

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Jan 29, 2019

Plant name changes

Hi i am studying for a qualification in horticulture. I wondering how to define why plants change name and maybe some examples of recent name changes

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Jan 27, 2019

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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Jan 26, 2019

Miniature Landscapes; fairy gardens, miniature villages and railways

Miniature Landscapes range from tiny villages and railways, complete with diminutive shrubs and trees, to fairy gardens in a bowl, to penjing and bonsai

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Jan 24, 2019

Container Gardening Soil - water retentive, yet well drained

Getting the right Container Gardening Soil...

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Jan 24, 2019

Can I plant shrubs in January?

I bought a bunch of shrubs in pots at a winter discount sale. I live in zone 8a.

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Jan 22, 2019

Butterfly Garden - entice those beautiful insects to come closer

Make a Butterfly Garden to entice those lovely insects in; create drifts of bloom, in sequence over the summer and caterpillar food sources too...

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Jan 22, 2019

Water Capture - rain water harvest

Harvesting rainwater with your Water Capture system will give you clean, non-mineralized and naturally softened water for your garden; with climate change it's time to learn how

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Jan 14, 2019

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 14, 2019

Hypertufa - playing with mud

Use Hypertufa to create some unusual garden crafts and unique rugged and rustic planters to display planted with your favorite tiny hardy succulents, or alpines...

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Jan 14, 2019

Hypertufa Gardening - ways to give your garden the edge

There is no denying it; Hypertufa Gardening is a lot of fun, both to make the pots and containers, and to display them...

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Jan 13, 2019

Thyme List of my favorite kinds of thyme

This Thyme List is of the best kinds of thyme in my garden; in a xeriscape landscape, the conditions are tough on plants; these ones have passed the test with flying colors

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Jan 11, 2019

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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Jan 10, 2019

Why does my avocado plant look like this?

I’m a complete beginner when it comes to gardening. I’ve managed to grow an avocado plant (1yo now) from seed and I feel like I’ve done something wrong

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Jan 09, 2019

Fire Smart Gardening - reduce your wildfire risk now

Learn some Fire Smart Gardening techniques and stop your home from being a victim of wildfires; choose garden plants, and minimize fuels

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Jan 08, 2019

Garden Quotes - funny, punny, witty and whimsical

Paint a Garden Quote on a garden sign - what's your favorite; funny, witty whimsical or punny?

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Dec 30, 2018

Christmas Succulents - did you get a lovely plant for the holiday?

Did you get a lovely plant for the holiday? Find out how to care for your Christmas Succulents...

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Dec 29, 2018

Sprouting calla lilies

I always take my calla lilies indoors in autumn and the following spring I check them regularly to see if they´ve begun to sprout so that I can put them

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Dec 29, 2018

Help me to identify this fancy flower

Hi Jacki, Greeting from Indonesia. Im dying getting know what kind of name of this flower, i couldnt sleep for several days cause of it you know. I found

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Dec 27, 2018

9 Succulent Problems - the Horticulturist answers

Here are 9 Succulent Problems by the readers of this site; see the solutions to the issues in growing them...

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Dec 27, 2018

Succulent Problems - when it all goes embarrassingly wrong...

When it all goes horribly wrong - Succulent Problems...

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Dec 24, 2018

Learn Xeriscape Gardening - your drought tolerant paradise awaits

Xeriscape Gardening; low water, but lush and beautiful gardens? How is this possible?

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Dec 21, 2018

Growing Moss - getting it started

Encouraging moss to grow is easy; it just takes time. Here are some ways to get it going faster...

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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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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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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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