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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!

Jan 20, 2022

Paddle plant

I have had my paddle plant for around 3 years. I originally kept it in the North window and it would have color on the ends of the leaves. About a year

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Jan 17, 2022

Can Roots grow from a Stem

I’m growing my first Marijuana plant. So the stem was a little flimsy so I added about 4 more inches of dirt to make it stabilized, and it worked and the

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Jan 16, 2022

Succulent identifier

Hello, I bought this beautiful succulent but I can’t find the name for it. What the species are? Thank you x

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Jan 15, 2022

Dying Dracaena

This plant looks like a type of dracaena to me. I've had it in the same spot for the past 15 years and it's always done well and grown to about 4 ft. A

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Jan 08, 2022

Tulip bulbs received as Christmas gift

I received some tulip bulbs and also an iris bulb as a Christmas gift. I live in central Kentucky, and I realize that the optimal time to have planted

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Jan 07, 2022

Amaryllis from Seed; grow your own gorgeous flowering bulb

Growing your own Amaryllis from Seed is a long term prospect, but one that will be so satisfying...

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Jan 03, 2022

Sedum spathufolium 'Purpureum'; mealy purple foliaged stonecrop

Sedum spathufolium 'Purpureum' is a larger version of the native Sedum spathufolium; purple tinged foliage that changes with the seasons; great ground cover plant for xeric gardens and rockeries

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Jan 03, 2022

Plants for Bees - attract pollinators & beneficial insects for nectar

Some of the best Plants for Bees include those that have both pollen and nectar; attracting bees to your garden is really quite simple; provide nectar, and they will come...

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Jan 01, 2022

Metal Planters - Some Tips and Tricks

Some Tips and Tricks when using Metal Planters...

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Jan 01, 2022

Is my clematis dying?

Hi Jacki. I know your speciality is succulents, but I would appreciate your horticultural advice. I live in South East UK and in my garden I've planted

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Dec 31, 2021

Echeveria Black Prince

This plant started dying from the top down.The stalk at the top became very mushy and then the leaves fell off and the stem became mushy all the way down.My

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Dec 27, 2021

Cactus ID request

Can you help me identify this cactus?

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Dec 17, 2021

Snow - What Good Is The White Stuff?

Snow - What Good Is The White Stuff? Are there any benefits at all?

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Dec 06, 2021

Rustic Twig Wreaths - how to make a natural wreath decoration

Rustic Twig Wreaths - porch decor...

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Dec 03, 2021

Styrofoam Planters - insulated and long lasting, surprisingly

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

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Nov 30, 2021

Sea Soil

We have a greenhouse that has Sea Soil in the beds, but it did not do too well this year. What can I add to the Sea Soil to make it richer?

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Nov 21, 2021

Paddle plant. Kalanchoe lucaie or thyrsiflora?

I’ve read conflicting comments about paddle plants, I live in zone 8b/9a and have read in some places that paddle plants can stay outside as low as 30

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Nov 18, 2021

6 Mistakes in Growing Succulents - Guest Post

Guest Post - 6 Mistakes in Growing Succulents

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Nov 14, 2021

Zen Garden Design - serenity, peace and meditation

Your Zen Garden Design will create a serene, tranquil and peaceful setting for meditation, yoga and relaxation

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Nov 14, 2021

Is this going to flower?

Hi Jacki. I have had this crassula perforata Thunb. for over five years and it has never flowered. I live in south east England and have just put all my

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Nov 14, 2021

Sick Aeonium :'(

Dear Jacki, I hope you can help my friend. I have what I believe to be a sick aeonium. I think it may have a fungus on the leaves? There are brown spots

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Nov 13, 2021

Shrubs for Xeriscaping - very best hardy shrubs for the dry garden

Shrubs for Xeriscaping are commonly grown in your garden; do you recognize them? Choose from a wide palette of sizes and shapes, textures and colors...

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Nov 03, 2021

Should Be worried about my jade plant?

I have had my jade plant for about 5-6 months now and I recently repotted it. Is there anything I should be worried about with my jade plant? specifically

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Nov 03, 2021

Is my succulent dying?? What is wrong with it?

Hello. I noticed recently that something was going on with the stem of my succulent plant. It started to look weird and started turning a more yellowish

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Nov 03, 2021

What is the Difference Between Sedum and Sempervivum?

What is the Difference Between Sedum and Sempervivum?

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Oct 28, 2021

Fuzzy Succulents - Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves

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

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Oct 28, 2021

Garden Pests; insects, microorganisms and four legged pests

Garden Pests can be tiny, microscopic bacteria, or enormous four legged critters; they all like to munch on your plants while your back is turned...

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Oct 15, 2021

Is my crassula dying?

The bottom of the stems on my Crassula mucosa have turned brown. Is this normal or do I have a problem, please? Should I start taking cuttings from the

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Oct 14, 2021

Begonia problem

My begonias did very well; then those on one side of my porch started dying while the other side continued to do well. Here are pictures.

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Oct 12, 2021

Dying Lisa Plant

Hi My Lisa Plant seems to be dying and I'm not sure why. I water it once a week when the soil dries out and with filtered water. Any help appreciated

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Oct 02, 2021

What’s happening to my ZZ plant

My ZZ is turning yellow and the stock is looking withered. I use a meter to measure moisture so it’s not over watered.

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Oct 02, 2021

Poisonous Succulent Plants - common sense guidelines for safety

Use common sense for growing Poisonous Succulent Plants; here are some guidelines for safe growing

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Oct 01, 2021

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

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

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Oct 01, 2021

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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Sep 30, 2021

Dying Dracaena?

My Dracaena Draco plant is losing its leaves but I am not sure why? I will leave the plant until the top soil is dry about an inch deep. Please help, is

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Sep 29, 2021

Echeveria repotting

Hello, my name is Nadia. I live in Southern California USA. I believe my growing zone is nine. I have echeveria that grows in the pot in my backyard. I

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Sep 26, 2021

Giant succulent that blooms white flowers

Hello, I have no idea what this succulent is as it was given to me from someone who didn't know the name of it either lol. All I see when I look at it

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Sep 23, 2021

Can I trim this and make new plants?

Can I trim and make new plants?

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Sep 16, 2021

Orange critters on my Mandevilla.

Can someone tell me what these are and how to get rid of them?

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Sep 16, 2021

MUST I repot my Jade?

I was given many large pieces from a monster Jade that fell off after it was moved. Unknowingly, I potted them in a giant glazed pot using succulent soil

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Sep 14, 2021

Starnge things growing on my spider plant!

I noticed a strange growth on one of the leaves on my spider plant. I have never seen anything like this on any plant. It's very uniformed, and very deleciate.

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Sep 08, 2021

HELP! What are these?

I noticed these yellow curled worms on the top layer of my plants soil last night. I sprayed the soil with neem oil and none of them moved which confirmed

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Sep 08, 2021

Help! What are these?

Hi, I have two succulents that I have no idea what they are. I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide. The first is the green bushy

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Sep 08, 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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Sep 08, 2021

Why are my paddle plant's leaves curling inward? Please help!

I live in San Francisco, zone 10. I have 2 problems. I have 2 paddle plants which I placed indoor south facing. They were doing great, then one with leaves

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Sep 08, 2021

Monstera deliciosa brown leaves

Hi! My beautiful monstera has been developing these brown areas in 4 of their leaves. I recall noticing that they were like this when they arrived, but

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Sep 08, 2021

SOH: Save Our Hibiscus

I inherited this tree from my grandparents. I was told it is a Chinese Hibiscus/Chinese Rose Bush. It was down in a basement for years near a window and

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Sep 08, 2021

How can I look after this plant best?

I have a succulent that’s growing upwards and can’t support itself, the bottom leaves are dropping off as well. Can you help me all? Do you know how I

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Sep 08, 2021

Help save my mother

My Mother of Thousands developed thin white spots on the leaves that would dry and flake. Thinking it was a pest I sprayed my pretty with neem oil and

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