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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 05, 2022

Sand for potting mix

I shoveled sand for my daughter to mix with potting soil for her succulents and cacti. However it was sprayed cause weeds were growing in the pile. There

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Jul 30, 2022

burning walnut leaves

will burning the leaves from walnut trees destroy the juglone?

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Jul 25, 2022

Sedum matrona - stonecrop for borders and beds

Sedum matrona is as the name suggests, rather motherly and robust; the unusual tone of the foliage combines well with other hardy succulents with Matrona as a sturdy and robust backbone...

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Jul 23, 2022

What should I do about this Cactus?

Hi, I live in London and I have recently bought home a nopal cactus that was in clearance in a market. Despite it being a bit marked, I bought it home

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Jul 19, 2022

Pest Control - eliminate insects and pests on succulent plants

Use natural Pest Control to eliminate insects and pests on your succulent plants; mechanical methods such as trapping, using diatomaceous earth or other natural materials or cultivation...

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Jul 19, 2022

ornamental crabapple tree

My ornamental crabapple tree had three limbs. One was cut off summer 2020 by order of hydro because it was interfering with incoming power line. Last summer

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Jul 17, 2022

Ginko seeds

This may be a silly question but, Im in central Oklahoma and I am trying to grow a Ginko tree from seeds dropped from my tree. I watched videos and

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Jul 15, 2022

Potted Museum Palo Verde?

Hello! I just bought a home in Central California, Hardiness Zone 9, and I am planning the landscaping for my small yard. There is not a lot of room to

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Jul 14, 2022

rehome mango

I have a stump of a mango tree that is dead but a tree has grow out of its root. can I this tree to another location and transplant it. if so. then how

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Jul 11, 2022

Mini Hypertufa Garden - especially for the fairies

Making a Mini Hypertufa Garden especially for the fairies that hide in your garden; pick some tiny plants to go with it...

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Jul 09, 2022

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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Jul 06, 2022

A pest is eating my succulents

Hello, I live in Los Angeles, CA and am growing several succulents outdoors. They've been growing about 3 years and have been doing great. This morning

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Jul 04, 2022

Styrofoam Planters - insulated and long lasting, surprisingly

Styrofoam Planters - keep it out of the waste stream...

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Jul 03, 2022

Dreaded Marestail

I have loads of marestail in my garden. I started trying to dig it up,then read that the roots are very deep. What is the best way to get it under control

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Jul 02, 2022

Clematis species; who knew they were so tough?

Who would have guessed that Clematis species were so tough and reliable? They look as though a stiff breeze would break them into a million pieces...

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Jul 02, 2022

Your HOA and Xeriscaping - Lobby for your ideal landscaping

Change the covenant of your Home Owners Association and get them to allow (happily and eagerly) Xeriscaping...

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Jun 30, 2022

A bolting tropical?

Hi I am wondering what this plant is doing! I don’t even know what kind of plant this is! It has been making that extra stem for months now! I thought

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Jun 28, 2022

Should I Repot My String of Pearls?

I purchased this string of pearls plant on March 17, 2022. It’s been in the same nursery pot since. It seems to be doing ok, but I’ve lost a good amount

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Jun 28, 2022

AccidentalPlantKiller123

Can you tell me what is wrong with my aglaonema? Over water? Underwater? I just repotted her from a department store, she is in mild indirect sunlight

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Jun 27, 2022

Sweetheart Kerri Hoya

Can you tell me why my Kerri Hoya is growing one long stem? It’s has been growing like this for months now.

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Jun 27, 2022

How to Plant Sempervivum - tips from the horticulturist

Tips from the Horticulturist | How to Plant Sempervivum...

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Jun 26, 2022

Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative

Make a Thyme Lawn, and take the summer off; no mowing, fertilizing or fuss with a great lawn alternative...

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Jun 21, 2022

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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Jun 20, 2022

What is a “responsible”:rose (if any), to use ?

In a garden in Santa Fe, NM , growing zone 6? For outdoor property beautification?

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Jun 20, 2022

How To Plant Sedum Cuttings - the tricks of the trade

Sedum cuttings take a few tricks - here's How To Plant Sedum Cuttings...

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Jun 20, 2022

Solstice - the longest day

Solstice - celebrate the longest day...

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Jun 19, 2022

Pocket Gardens - jewel like focal points in the xeriscape garden

Pocket Gardens are jewel like focal points in your xeriscape garden; plant them with special plants...

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Jun 18, 2022

How to Grow Sempervivum - tips for the happiest Hens and Chicks

Learn How to Grow Sempervivum, the hardy hens and chicks plants; tips and techniques for happy houseleeks

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Jun 16, 2022

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents

Make your own Succulent Sphere; globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Jun 16, 2022

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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Jun 12, 2022

Chemicals in plants

I am testing plants and am assuming the below are botanical expressions. Ph level was NV % of Ca0, N, P2, 05, K20, Mgo N = Nitrogen Mgo and the others

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Jun 09, 2022

Leaf Curl

I have a plum tree that we planted last year and I am seeing the leaves curl on the tree. I have sprayed with soapy water...to no avail. What can I do

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Jun 04, 2022

A Gravel Garden; more than just landscaping with rocks

A Gravel Garden is more than just a pile of crushed granite, or river rock dumped into your garden; it's a living, breathing and constantly evolving entity...

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Jun 02, 2022

Help with my paddle plant please.

I was gifted this guy by a well-meaning boyfriend who said, “Just water every couple weeks….” Well, then, he thought he should be put outside in spring

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May 31, 2022

Trailing plants

Hello! I haven’t recently really gotten into the houseplant game. I have a baby Pink princess philodendron and a white princess philodendron as well as

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May 25, 2022

Dehumidifier water for plants

Is dehumidifier water actually good for plants?

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May 23, 2022

Resilient Design - plan early, reap the rewards for years to come

Resilient Design; plan early, reap the rewards for years to come...

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May 17, 2022

propagate huge pothos

Now, I know I know, please don't slaughter it you might say, but it's just soooooooooo oogly, and I really don't have any space left. Besides, I really

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May 15, 2022

What do I even do with this Boston fern :’(

Hello! I had this Boston fern for 3 months now and it’s just never getting better. I have it on my west window, near a humidifier and it has a wicking

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May 14, 2022

What is infesting my Sambucus

Hi again Jacki. I'm now addicted to coming to you as my first stop with my plant problems. We live in South-East England and I inherited a beautiful Sambucus

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May 12, 2022

Modular Green Roof - an easy system for a tapestry roof

I built a Modular Green Roof; an easy and quick system for the green roof look, with less work; using modules makes for a seamless way to fix holes and add more plants...

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May 09, 2022

How do I start a aloe vera plant?

I was wondering how you can take an aloe vera start and replant it?

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May 09, 2022

Variegation or mosaic virus?

My rhaphidophora tetrasperma cutting has been planted 5 weeks ago and it has been growing incredibly well. The newest leaf actually has this variegated-looking

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May 06, 2022

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 06, 2022

Lower soil ph houseplants

My tropical plants (philodendrons, monsteras, scindapsus, epipremnums, etc) have a soil of around 7 PH. But they need a ph of around 5.5 or 6 (please correct

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May 05, 2022

Can You Root Succulents With Honey? Guest Post

Guest Post - Can You Root Succulents With Honey?

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Apr 25, 2022

Will these brown aloes return to being green?

The vera and squarrosa have turned brown during the winter. They were grown in my greenhouse (in the south of the UK) with a small amount of heat overnight.

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Apr 23, 2022

Pink princess philodendron stump recovery

This it the remainder of my first pink princess philodendron. I have propagated all the other nodes in February and left this stump in the soil hoping

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Apr 22, 2022

Philodendron Green Princess Root question: repotting into a chunkier mix

My office gave me this philodendron Green Princess plant. They took it out of the soil (it was in a very compacted, 100% peat moss substrate) and I want

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