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The Drought Smart Plants Blog...

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!

May 25, 2020

How do I prune this rhodehedron

I want this to look fuller but I’m looking at all the new growth and have no idea where to make cuts.

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May 24, 2020

Small soft spikes on succulent?

I got this little guy at my work because I thought he looked really different. I have tried looking up what species but I cannot find anything on him.

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May 23, 2020

Identification and value of this Cactus? Thank you!

Hi there - My grandfather bought this as a tiny little thing decades ago and planted it in his yard. I live here now and this thing has morphed into the

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May 23, 2020

Watering Cacti Seedlings and Humidity

Hello, I recently bought a Cacti Mix pack of seeds and just put them into a 10.5 by 21 inch seed starter pan that's about 2.5 inches deep, it also has

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May 22, 2020

Revive my jade plant after 2 months of confinement

Hello, after 2 months of confinement I was finally allowed to go back briefly to my office this morning. Most of my plants have died, but my jade plant

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May 21, 2020

Cultivating Creosote Curiosity

Hey hey! I live in Seattle, in hardiness zone 8b from what I'm told. I have two creosote bushes coming and am curious what kind of soil to get for the

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May 20, 2020

Two plants one pot

Hello! I am wondering if I would be safe to plant two plants in one pot together. I have an Aloe Plant and a Hawaiian Ti plant. I live in zone 5a, but

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May 20, 2020

Purple fountain Beech

We just purchased this beech. The leader appears missing. Should I plant this tree?

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May 20, 2020

What's the name of this "tree plant"...

What is the name of this plant? Somebody gave this to me as a gift when I lived in Santa Monica, CA. When I drove cross-country back to Massachusetts,

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May 20, 2020

Growing Your Own Dry Garden

Growing garden plants on dry land can be tricky Limitations of water and the selection of compatible plants are some challenges to begin with, accrued

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May 17, 2020

Sedum Plant List - find your favorite stonecrop here

Finding your favorite Sedum plant is a challenge; there are so many to choose from; tall, short creeping, blue foliage, green with white flowers...

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May 16, 2020

Rock Retaining Wall - nooks, crannies & niches for hardy succulents

Build a Rock Retaining Wall, and make your hardy succulents extremely happy; perfect drainage and warmth from the rocks provide ideal conditions for hardy succulents and wildlife alike...

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May 16, 2020

Growing Flowering Plants from Seed

Twice I have attempted to grow Floss Flower from seed. Now this is the first year I've done this, so I have no experience. I also tried Marigolds and

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May 16, 2020

Water Saving Tips to conserve water in your home and garden

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

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May 16, 2020

I loathe grasshoppers

I hate saying that, but I do. Any tips on getting rid of them? And while you are at it, ground squirrels. They may be worse than grasshoppers!

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May 15, 2020

Succulent Plant Business E-Book - the manual for microbusiness success

Your manual for microbusiness success - the Succulent Plant Business E-Book...

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May 14, 2020

Pest Repellent for indoor plants

My cat is always interested in my plants. I recently bought two Dracaena plants and used Cayenne Pepper as a repellent. It has worked but now I am seeing

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May 12, 2020

How can I save my beloved flower tree from dying?

Hello, I hope you can help me to save my tree. I have enjoyed its beautiful flowers and shade in my garden for about 20 years until this year. Normally,

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May 11, 2020

Mothers day gift mystery succulent

My daughter got me a succulent for mothers day.it had a care stake in it but no name. The leaves are puffy and it has a purple tinted. Please help me identify.

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May 11, 2020

Light Requirements for Succulents - how bright is bright?

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

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May 10, 2020

Plant suggestions

I live in Kansas City. Our house has a sloped back yard toward the house. We have very rocky soil and lots of shade. We would like suggestions on what

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May 09, 2020

Was this a HUGE mistake?

Hi Jacki, I live in Orlando, FL, USA (looks like zone 9B to me) and a landscaper planted these plants just outside my house a couple of years ago. They

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May 08, 2020

Grow more Pelargonium from Cuttings

Keep your favorite geraniums going with Pelargonium Cuttings...

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May 06, 2020

10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; my recommended xeric plants

There are the 10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; if you're starting out, these are fool proof, iron tough and gorgeous xeriscape plants to start with....

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May 03, 2020

Is this plant healthy?

There's white sticky stuff in the middle of my succulent normal?

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Apr 28, 2020

French Marigolds? Maybe.

The seeds from which these three plants germinated were in a seed packet which was labelled “French Marigolds”. All the other resultant plants were clearly

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Apr 27, 2020

The Case of the Stolen Madagascar Palm

The Case of the Stolen Madagascar Palm...

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Apr 26, 2020

Crown of Thorns Plant - Euphorbia millii

Euphorbia millii is the Crown of Thorns plant...

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Apr 25, 2020

Fairy Garden Supplies - what you need to build a miniature landscape

Building a miniature landscape? Get your Fairy Garden Supplies here...

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Apr 24, 2020

what is wrong with my kalanchoe

Please see the attached photo. The leaves have holes in them, could something be eating away at the plant? Thanks

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Apr 20, 2020

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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Apr 20, 2020

How To Plant Thyme Between Pavers - some tips and tricks

Tips and Tricks - How To Plant Thyme Between Pavers

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Apr 19, 2020

Earth Day Inspiration - save the world; plant junk

Keeping your junk out of the landfill is one way to celebrate Earth Day; what will you do to celebrate?

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Apr 19, 2020

Help! Whats wrong with my Kalanchoe Paddle?

Hi, please help me understand whats going on with this Kalanchoe Paddle. The leaves have some dark colored spots and any new leaves on top seem to be rotting

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Apr 19, 2020

DIY Koi Pond Filter - cheap, quick way to clean the water in your pond

Here's a simple way to build a DIY Koi Pond Filter - easily accessible materials, quick to make...

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Apr 19, 2020

Crassula - unique textures and forms

Crassula have graced homes, dorm rooms and dim corners for ages; recognize them for their contribution of an iron tough plant, with the ability to keep on going in challenging conditions...

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Apr 19, 2020

Identify something that was attached to a tree

These things were attached to a tree like an epiphyte they were relatively easy to flick off. Do you know what they are and should I be worried about them

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Apr 19, 2020

Scarring/Tracking on my succulents

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my question. I live in the midwest, just outside of Chicago Illinois. Right now my succs are still inside

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Apr 18, 2020

Sweet potatoes from vines?

I know to use slips started from a potato but I let one get really long then cut it and the sections have started rooting. But will the sections of cut

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Apr 16, 2020

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

Textured, smooth, chubby, spikey; there are all Types of Succulents to choose from...

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Apr 13, 2020

Dwarf Alberta Spruce Root system

I have a concrete patio that I would like to plant some Dwarf Albert Spruce trees around for privacy. My concern is as they get bigger will their roots

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Apr 13, 2020

Fuzzy Succulents - Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves

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

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Apr 12, 2020

Remaking Hens and Chicks - Sempervivum Rejuvenation

Sempervivum getting a little tired looking? Remaking your Hens and Chicks is easy to do and gives them a new lease on life...

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Apr 12, 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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Apr 11, 2020

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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Apr 09, 2020

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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Apr 09, 2020

Struggling to keep my rubber tree plant growing.

I've had a rubber tree plant for about 18 months and after over watering, not enough sunlight at times and lack of fertilizer I am wondering if there is

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Apr 09, 2020

Landscaping in sand

We r building a vacation home in northern Michigan on Lake Michigan. The property is 100% sand. Was hoping u had recommendations for plantings, including

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Apr 08, 2020

easter hydrangeas

Can you plant Easter Hydrangeas outside ? Any care tips for this type of plant? Thanks Keyta Nacy

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