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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!

Sep 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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Sep 21, 2020

21 Charming Succulent Planters - spring inspiration

Spring into a brand new season of fun with this round up of 21 Charming Succulent Planters - one or more of them will inspire you for sure...

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Sep 19, 2020

Overpruned outdoor Jade Plant

Hi, we have a giant outdoor Jade Plant that was wide and over 6ft tall. I’ve just come home to find it has been pruned back extensively, over 50% easily

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Sep 18, 2020

Roses in winter?

I live in Canada where it's freezing in winter -30 degrees Celsius. I have a hybrid rugosa rose plant in a large pot and a white drift rose Bush in a pot.

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Sep 18, 2020

What do I do with this 1 year old citron tree

I planted a citron seeds a little less than a year ago. I'm unsure what I need to do in terms of pruning or anything else for that matter. I've attached

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Sep 17, 2020

Corn Plant leaves dying

Hello, my corn plants leaves keep turning yellow and falling off at bottom of branch. Please help. It's still growing but tips are turning yellow more

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Sep 12, 2020

Semi-hydroponics Succulents - interesting way to grow succulent plants

Semi-Hydroponics Succulents - an interesting way to grow succulent plants...

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Sep 12, 2020

Dry Streambed - the look & feel of a water feature, without the water

A Dry Streambed gives you the look and feel of a water feature, but without the water; it can be a seasonal drainage area, disguised as a focal point

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Sep 10, 2020

Pine Needle Mulch - pros and cons for a natural mulch material

Pine Needle Mulch is an easy to spread and maintain mulching material; but is it all good? Find out when and why to use it in your garden...

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Sep 07, 2020

exposed 'bone structure'

what could cause this? it looks like the skeletal structure of the echeveria leaf is showing and the flesh has been eaten. this is an echeveria perle von

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Sep 06, 2020

Yoshino cherry has small white flowers in late summer

I have a yoshino cherry tree that I planted two springs ago as a sapling. This spring it actually had a few blossom clusters that were beautiful. Just

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Sep 05, 2020

Berries on Ligustrum Privet

Will trimming off the flowers or subsequent berries on my Ligustrum Privet limit the growth of the plants? My ultimate goal is get these privets as tall

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Sep 04, 2020

Topping an immature arborvitae

I planted Emerald Green arborvitae 2 years ago and this year they were about 6' high. The landscaper topped them back maybe 1', and that meant cutting

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Aug 31, 2020

Garden Critters; wild and not so wild visitors in your garden

What Garden Critters do you have in your garden? Some wild visitors are nocturnal, sneaking around at night; others are brazen daylight raiders...

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Aug 31, 2020

Elephant ear seed pods

I have several large elephant ear plants that I planted every year and dig up in the fall some of my bulbs are ginormous now. This year I have gotten

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Aug 31, 2020

Fickle fiddle

I have purchased a fiddle leaf from the nursery and I think it has developed root rot. What is the best way to rectify it?

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Aug 30, 2020

Water Conservation - our most precious resource - use it wisely

Water Conservation; a precious resource which we have to use wisely by growing succulents and drought tolerant plants in our xeriscape gardens

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Aug 27, 2020

Another Africian Milk Tree Question

I have an Africian Milk Tree and it is growing really well. I have had it for a couple of years. It is now almost 3 feet tall. When I planted it, I

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Aug 27, 2020

Is this normal? Or mold?

I am new in getting plants. I have bought two succulent plants that are doing great and just recent bought this Sansevieria Cylindrica. I bought it maybe

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Aug 26, 2020

I sprayed my new plant with ant killer.....

Ant, Roach & Fly Multi-Insect Trigger Spray safe to spray on plants? I just got a new plant and sprayed it with this because my old plant in the same pot

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Aug 26, 2020


Mushrooms are growing all over my yard and in my garden. I’ve tried everything to get rid of them but they keep popping up. How do I get rid of them?

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Aug 23, 2020

What is this?

This plant started growing in our yard. Is it a weed or?

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Aug 23, 2020

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana watering

I have bought a new kalanchoe blossfeldiana plant. But i might have to go for an important trip for over a month. Will my plant survive or should i keep

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Aug 20, 2020


What’s wrong with my fern? She doesn’t seem very happy (she’s inside a terrarium)

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Aug 18, 2020

Best Garden Tools - choose your favorite

Choose your favorite of these Best Garden Tools; arm yourself with the best tools for the job...

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Aug 16, 2020

Naming of Plants; how plants get their names; botanical Latin

The Naming of Plants is complicated, fascinating and fun; learning where all those tongue twisting botanical Latin names comes from is intriguing...

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Aug 16, 2020

Horticulturist or Horticulturalist - that is the question

Is it Horticulturist or Horticulturalist? That is the question; find out what it takes to become a garden and plant expert, you may be surprised!

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Aug 14, 2020

Black nightshade volunteer plant in my Porch pot of petunias

It’s a very long story but I was able to identify the black nightshade plant has it finally developed the berries but it nearly got the best of me. I must’ve

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Aug 14, 2020

Introduction to Horticulture Course Paper -- I have 6 questions

I am taking an Introduction to Horticulture Course that requires me to ask a professional the below 6 questions. I would do it in person but I am staying

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Aug 12, 2020

sudden black leaves

My name is Christie and I live in Thomasville GA which I believe is zone 8b. A few months ago I planted Sassy grass sisyrinchium in my flower bed and

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Aug 11, 2020

Do you have an Aeonium plant in your succulent collection?

You need an Aeonium Plant or two in your succulent collection...

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Aug 10, 2020

Xeric Plants - the crowning glory of your xeriscaping garden

Xeric Plants are drought tolerant, tough and beautiful; find out which are my most recommended for challenging conditions...

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Aug 10, 2020

Pumice - a gift from the volcano

Pumice, added to your garden or container soil adds drainage and water storage; these are not mutually exclusive things, but complementary...

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Aug 10, 2020

Saskatoon Berry Fungus on Leaves?

South of Calgary (3a-4a). I noticed yesterday that the leaves on my Saskatoon berries were yellowing. I flipped over the leaves and found ugly bumps.

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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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