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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!

Aug 08, 2020

Light Green Leaves vs Dark Green Leaves

Why is one plant out of four so sickly?

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Aug 07, 2020

Sapling for Alstonia Scholaris from its leaf.

Madam I am eager to develop Alstonia scholaris tree sapling from its leaf.Can you offer your guidance on processing a sapling from Alstonia Scholaris leave

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Aug 06, 2020

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - some things that shouldn't be

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - no matter how bad they are...

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Aug 06, 2020

Hydragea Tree

Hello, My husband bought a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree and it was looking beautiful with green leaves and blossoms started to bloom He thought there

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Aug 05, 2020

What plant is this

I was given to believe that I was growing a lemon tree but ...........

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Aug 03, 2020

Basic Succulent Care Sheet - a free download

Get your free download of the Basic Succulent Care Sheet...

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Aug 02, 2020

Attach moss to wood.

Hi! We did a terrarium a couple of days ago and we were wondering how to establish moss on top of wood. We just laid it on top of the stick, and spritzed

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Aug 02, 2020

Weeping mulberry chaparral

Hello, I want to know if I can grow the weeping mulberry chaparral from scions from a weeping mulberry chaparral? Or must they be grafted from a root stock

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Aug 02, 2020

what is wrong with my cantaloupe

Hello sir/mam Looks like i have two different diseases affecting my Cantaloupe plants. Could you please help me Identify them Thank You Regards Chris

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Aug 01, 2020

What’s wrong with my Plumaria plant?

I have something growing on my Plumeria plants, and I want to know what it is and how to treat it. May I send a picture and how do I do that?

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Jul 31, 2020

Larvae Living in Soil??

I have a Garden Croton plant. I put it in the rain one day during the summer for a few hours. When I lifted up the pot I noticed there was larvae in

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Jul 31, 2020

Tasty Geraniums

Hey, I bought some beautiful red-budded geraiums the other day. I come across them after a few days and the buds are eaten CLEAN off, and the leaves are

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Jul 30, 2020

Succulent Advertising - Online Website Advertising

Online Website Advertising - Succulent Advertising

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Jul 30, 2020

My Flappjack are wilting?

Hi, I just got those beautiful flapjacks 2 weeks ago. I water them once a week. At first the leaves were upright but now they look almost flaccid! For

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Jul 27, 2020

Rootbound plant

So I have this new plant (which btw, I don’t know what species it is) that has this entangled root system where new offspring have started growing. I’m

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Jul 26, 2020

Brown holes are tips of rubber tree plant!

Hi there! My rubber tree plant has these browned tips with holes in them?? I just bought it about 3 weeks ago and it’s still in its original pot and soil.

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Jul 25, 2020

Columnar Aspen, Invasive Roots?

Hi, I have these trees planted next to my driveway, and have been told their roots can damage utility lines and sidewalks, is this true? Should I be concerned

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Jul 24, 2020

Damaged Paddle plant leaves

I live in FL andI recently repotted my paddle plants and changed their location. They were previously located where they get bright light in the morning

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Jul 23, 2020

[Those humbling mistake]

Hi Your website is honest and humbling about learning from your mistakes. Inspiring too. I've wanted to see what it's like working for a family-owned

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Jul 22, 2020

Dying White bird of paradise!

Hi, I live in Bradenton, FL and all 3 of my white bird of paradise I bought recently died. I went ahead and bought 5 slowly 3 of those are looking

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Jul 20, 2020

Libro electrónico Propagación de suculentas

Libro electrónico Propagación de suculentas

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Jul 20, 2020


My chives look: horrible. My dear son decided it was a good idea to cut them in half (because they were growing disproportionately) 3 weeks ago to see

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Jul 20, 2020

Could these plants conceivably be planted in the same garden?

Is it possible for hibiscus, valerian root, skullcap and hops be planted in the same garden? ALSO could ephedra be planted there too? I am asking because

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Jul 16, 2020

Birds nest anthurium

I have a bird nest anthurium with a new plant growing out of bottom side . Main trunk is about 13 inches tall and 6 inches wide . I would like to know

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Jul 14, 2020

Arborvitae Help!

Last year we removed over grown 20 year old Leylands. They were blocking the sun completely from our back yard. Had the soil tested and it was fine.

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Jul 12, 2020

mock orange bush buds but will not bloom

I have a mock orange bush that I planted last year. It starts out absolutely covered in buds, but just as you expect it to burst into full bloom the buds

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Jul 10, 2020

My Poor Euphorbia

Euphorbia. A term I just learned thanks to some app my wife found for identifying plants. I pruned a limb once that looked sick. Wondered about the

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Jul 10, 2020

Drying Succulents for Shipping

I have a question about drying succulents for shipping. I understand the packaging, using a few layers of newspapers, and also using the heavy boxes

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Jul 09, 2020

Unknown Succulent , What is it?

Hi, My sister gave me this plant a few days ago. She got it at Lowes. It was not in the sun for the few weeks she had it. During that time most of the

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Jul 08, 2020

My Poor Kal!

Hi! This is my first Kalanchoe plant and it was nice and full and beautiful when I bought it a couple of months ago. I've only watered it twice, and about

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Jul 05, 2020

Plant Collecting Tools; don't leave the house empty handed

Keep your Plant Collecting Tools handy, and ready at a moments notice for any trip that may include a garden; pruners for taking a few cuttings, plastic bags to keep them in...

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Jul 05, 2020

Spots on leaves

We have black spots on leaves

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Jul 04, 2020

Where should I replant these flowers or should I leave them in the planter?

I planted butterfly and wildflower mix & hummingbird and wildflower mix in this planter (top shelf in the picture). As you can see they are beautiful

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Jul 04, 2020

Moss terrarium

We have this moss terrarium inside a maple syrup bottle that has been showing significant growth in the past days. Is this normal? As you can see, they

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Jul 02, 2020

What happened to my moon cactus?

Why my cactus is looking like this

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Jul 01, 2020

Collecting Geranium Seeds - Pelargonium Propagation

Learn all about Collecting Geranium Seeds...

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Jul 01, 2020

Beneficial Insects in your xeriscape garden - pollinators & predators

Beneficial Insects are an army of predators taking care of the pests in your xeriscape garden day and night

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Jun 30, 2020

Pilea Concern

I purchased this little pilea a week ago. Since then, the leaves have started to drop. The leaves, and all but 2 of the stems are still firm, but they

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Jun 30, 2020

Baby Rubber plant

This is my peperomia obtusifolia, she’s like 3 years old (or more idk) and hasn’t been doing her best recently: she fell on her side, and one of the branches

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Jun 29, 2020

Trouble growing Zuckinni and Cucumbers

I live in Cleveland Ohio.. Having trouble growing Zuckinni and cucumbers in my home garden. Plant start out OK then when they start to produce the leaves

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Jun 29, 2020

How To Water Succulent Plants - do's and don'ts

How To Water Succulent Plants correctly so they don't get damaged in the process...

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Jun 29, 2020

New Juniper Owner Help!

I just purchased this juniper from a friend 2 days ago. I have no idea how to care for it, but my gut tells me something is wrong. I was told to water

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Jun 27, 2020

Top 10 Succulents For a Dry Garden

Do you want to make your dry garden look colourful and fresh? If yes, then you have landed on the right article. In this article, we will provide you with

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Jun 24, 2020

cactus terrarium

I just got this terrarium with cacti and i was wondering what species the highlighted cacti are? C looks very interesting, A & B look similar but no idea.

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Jun 23, 2020

Sick Veggies

I have had a very successful container garden for the past few years. I built garden beds and this year my plants seem to be sick. The photos are, in

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Jun 22, 2020

Blood orange seedling

I planted a seed I got on a blood orange like 3 months ago and not only it is this small (like 2 inches tall) but also it has this amorphous leaf. What

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Jun 22, 2020

Epsom Salt?

Is Epsom Salt good for tomato and pepper plants?

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Jun 22, 2020

Neem Oil to Prevent Lethal Bronzing on Cabbage Palms?

HI I live in Tampa and four of my sixteen palms have lethal bronzing. Will Neem Oil protect my healthy palms from the mites that transmit this? Can I

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Jun 19, 2020

Ceropegia Wodii

Hi there, My string of hearts was growing new parts until I decided to move her to a bigger pot (she was in a veeeery small pot) and now these new parts

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