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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!

Mar 01, 2021

Diagnosing Plant Problems - a Guest Post

Diagnosing Plant Problems - a Guest Post

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Mar 01, 2021

Orchid plant is wilting

Hello, I bought an orchid plant around two months ago, and now the petals are all wilting! It’s placed in a 10 cm diameter plastic container that has

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Mar 01, 2021

Pine Needles Growing Out of my Oak Tree

There is a cluster of what appear to be pine needles growing from the side of my mother’s oak tree. They live in the western Piedmont region of NC.

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Feb 26, 2021

Should I plant it in soil?

I’ve been growing this avocado for months (yes, months, the B**** is slow). And now it has these 2 dramatic roots growing in this direction. Should I wait

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Feb 22, 2021

Garden Disaster - prevention is half the battle

Got a Garden Disaster on your hands? How to prevent them, or fix them after the damage is done...

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Feb 21, 2021

Age of Bonsai

Hello! I am trying to find out what the age of my Ficus microcarpa Bonsai is. I have checked multiple websites that say that I have to use the growth factor

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Feb 17, 2021

Water Conservation Facts - wise water use for everyone

Water Conservation Facts to help you prioritize your water use; gardeners, homeowners and municipalities alike need to get together on this important issue...

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Feb 16, 2021

Dolomite Lime - change the pH of your soil, add calcium too

Add Dolomite Lime to your soil for a natural way to change the pH; add calcium at the same time...

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Feb 14, 2021

Illinois perinials.

I want to plant bulbs ONCE. I'm looking for a list of no effort flowers for me. I want some bulbs/flowers that each bloom in March, April, May, June,

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Feb 13, 2021

Dying Easter plant needs drastic help

I have an Easter plant that is almost a hundred years old.. It bloomed beautifully up until about a year ago. I have been to a few garden centers and followed

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Feb 13, 2021

Un H2O Garden - Kelowna's demonstration xeriscape garden

Kelowna has its very own Un H2O Garden - a demonstration garden showing how beautiful water wise landscaping can be...

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Feb 11, 2021

Satellite Dish Planters; serve up your succulents on a platter

You've probably seen satellite dishes in the trash pile, going to the dump, but did you know that you can make fabulous Satellite Dish Planters from them? Succulent plants love them...

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Feb 11, 2021

Renovating the Satellite Dish Planter - a new lease on life

Renovating the Satellite Dish Planter took a while, but the new look is spectacular; moving it to a plinth or platform and putting new hardy succulents in has made all the difference...

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Feb 11, 2021

Outdoor succulent advice in NY

Hello, I live in Buffalo NY (zone 6a) and I wanted to know if you can recommend some perennial succulents that can be left outside during the winter months.

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Feb 09, 2021

Chinese Evergreen

Hello, Recently, I’ve taken an interest in plants. I bought a Chinese evergreen on Kijiji two days ago. When I got home and inspected it, I noticed there

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Feb 05, 2021

Will this ever grow into a full plant?

So I found these two leaves of monstera on the street. It has a thick root but the plant seems very thin? Do you think it will grow into a full plant?

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Jan 31, 2021

Flowering gum in distress

Hi, My partner has never had any luck with flowering gums. We planted one a couple of months ago and noticed the leaves were starting to droop - it then

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Jan 30, 2021

Crying giant

I just got a beautiful philodendron gigantum. I brought it home, watered it cause it was dry, have medium humidity 50%. There is so much water leaking

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Jan 29, 2021

Money Tree struggling

I just bought a Money Tree at Costco. They were such a great deal and so green and full. I live in Alberta, Canada so needless to say it’s pretty dang

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Jan 29, 2021

Choosing A Plant to Grow for An Experiment

Hello! I need to grow a plant for an experiment biology, I actually need to grow multiple of them in multiple trials. My experiment is How does pH affect

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Jan 28, 2021

Buy E-Books about Gardening Topics, Xeriscaping, and Propagation

Buy my E-Books - learn all about Xeriscaping, Succulent Plant Propagation and more Gardening topics...

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Jan 28, 2021

Droopy pilea leaves

I bought a pilea 2 weeks ago and after opening the parcel I found the leaves are droopy but the soil is dry. There is some white substance on the stem.

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Jan 25, 2021

House Plant succulent- add succulents to your house plant collection

Add some House Plant Succulents to your indoor garden or growing room; bright light is essential, warm temperatures optional...

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Jan 25, 2021

Crazy idea??

My hall has 0 natural light, but I have a string of LED Christmas lights hanging off the ceiling and I really really really want to make a vine trail around

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Jan 24, 2021

cycad going brown

every cycad we have gets brown leaves about 2 weeks after they shoot new leaves. We had them in the ground which was too wet in winter. Now we have put

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Jan 22, 2021

Hibiscus 911

I live in San Antonio, Texas. I have a potted hibiscus. It is normally out on my patio. As we entered Fall, there were less and less blooms, and then

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Jan 20, 2021

Rooting Willows; making more Salix from cuttings

Rooting Willows is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to increase your landscape plants; willows, the Salix are beautiful and attract many insects to their pollen...

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Jan 20, 2021

10 Best Succulents for Beginners - easiest succulents to grow

Have instant success with these 10 Best Succulents for Beginners; easiest succulents to grow...

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Jan 17, 2021

Succulents Safe For Cats - feline friendly succulent plants

Feline Friendly Succulent Plants - succulents that are safe for cats, even if they take a nibble...

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Jan 15, 2021

Write For This Site - guest posts accepted

Guest Posts Accepted - Write for this Site...

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Jan 10, 2021

Limelight Hydrangea pruning

Good evening, I have 124 Limelight Hydrangeas in my yard (it's a big yard)...they are 8 years old and I've pruned them every winter...they bloom profusely

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Jan 09, 2021

THE RIGHT PLANTS FOR YOUR GROW ZONE

Hello I'm very new to air plants but very interested in them - just bought over the holidays and I feel that I have made a error on what type don't want

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Jan 07, 2021

Use live sphagnum Moss for Venus flytrap

So I bought some sphagnum moss off eBay and it happens to be waaaay to much. I saw this video https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSvokWcP/ and I thought it’d be cool

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Jan 06, 2021

How to replant?

This beast is growing fast and well, but his pot is getting very enclosed. I have never replanted anything of this sort and I don't want to cause any damage.

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Jan 06, 2021

Buddleia advice.

I live in Bunbury W.A. and want to plant 2 or 3 Buddleias. Bunbury soil is ancient tired sand which can be improved. I'd like to plant a white, a lavender,

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Jan 02, 2021

Plant Root System - how plants get their nutrients

The way plants get their nutrients is a miracle - Plant Root System...

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Jan 01, 2021

Is it bad to plant desert museum Palo verde tree in the winter?

I just bought a 10 gallon desert museum Palo verde tree from Home Depot. I’ve started digging the hole in a sunny area of my back yard, but then I read

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Dec 31, 2020

pruning this plant

How do I safely prune this plant? It has grown out of control while I had left with someone else and I want to get it back to health and attractive Also,

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Dec 30, 2020

Winter hardy Sempervivum

I brought some Hens and chicks inside for winter and they're not happy. Basically they are shriveling up. Do they need to go dormant? I'm in Zone 5. I

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Dec 30, 2020

Desert Plants - succulent, fat & sassy - plants with attitude

Desert Plants originate in some of the most hostile environments on earth, which explains why they are so tough and reliable; decide if your garden needs some of the hardiest plants in the world...

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Dec 26, 2020

Jade outgrowing pot?

Hi, I'm wondering if I need to repot my jade plant. I recently moved from Las Vegas to Hot Springs, Arkansas and my jade plant seems to be loving its new

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Dec 25, 2020

Jade flowers

I have a beautiful healthy jade for many years the original plant flowers each December at my neighbors home mine has never flowered. I have added additional

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Dec 24, 2020

Vines in the shade, reaching for the sun

Hello! I was just curious...I have a vine along my back fence. It is mostly shaded and it has these darling little shoots that have reached up and grabbed

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Dec 24, 2020

problem on my aglaonema

yellow spots on aglaonema. im using cocopeat,soil,compost mix. sad about this. whattodo??

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Dec 22, 2020

trinette schefflera arboricola bacterial leaf spots

Hi there, Through my research about the symptoms of my beautiful and poor schefflera, I knew that it got infected with a bacterial disease as it shown

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Dec 18, 2020

Mystery Succulent/Cactus

Hello! I bought this plant from a local nursery a month or so ago. It didn't have any labels on it, and no matter where I search, I can't seem to find

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Dec 16, 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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Dec 15, 2020

Madagascar Jewel - over-watered and re-potted

Good afternoon! I would have a question please - Im desperately trying to save my Madagascar Jewel and I would appreciate your help very much! As its

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Dec 13, 2020

How to Pasteurize Soil - kill those pathogens

How to Pasteurize Soil and kill the pathogens...

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