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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.

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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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Sep 08, 2021

Please help !! Dieffenbachia plant has drooped since being repotted

A few days ago I repotted my dieffenbachia plant from a 8inch pot with succulent soil into a 10 inch pot with indoor plant soil and started to notice the

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Sep 08, 2021

Curling sempervivum leaves

The bottom leaves have curled under. I removed it from the dirt to dry and am wondering if the bottom leaves will recover or should they be removed from

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Sep 08, 2021

When to Repot Sticks on Fire

when to repot sticks on fire

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Sep 06, 2021

Metal Planters - Some Tips and Tricks

Some Tips and Tricks when using Metal Planters...

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Sep 04, 2021

Alien plant

We found this plant growing in our front yard in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It's the southeastern part of Arizona. We have no idea what it could be! Please

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Sep 02, 2021

Mandevilla Problem

I have 3 Mendevilla plants growing on a Trellis on my deck that the older leaves are yellowing with brown spots, quickly. Need help on how to treat this

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Aug 29, 2021

Xeric Garden Insects - pollinators, predators and prey

Predators, Pollinators and Prey; Xeric Garden Insects are diverse and countless, and the more you have the better - even those we call pests are useful as food for beneficial insects...

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Aug 18, 2021

bougainvillea suddenly dying

I have a couple bougainvillea plants, which are about 14 yrs old, and which were thriving up until a few days ago. It has been unusually wet here in Southern

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Aug 16, 2021

Sick Magnolia

I live in Zone 7, on the east coast. This is a magnolia tree planted just this past spring outside in a very sunny area. It was planted with 50% soil and

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Aug 14, 2021

Help ID my Squash.

Hello, I've been growing this type of Squash for several years, but I still don't know the name of it. The closest I have found are called Striped Cushaw...but

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Aug 13, 2021

Anaphylaxis from Hydrangea?

Question: Have you heard of anyone having an anaphylaxic reaction to a Pinky Winky Hydrangea.. AKA Hydrangea paniculata.. or what I believe is more likely,

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Aug 12, 2021

Large African Milk Plant

Hello, I have a large African milk plant that I have just trimmed and washed each leaf because it had black dots all over it, Can I cut through the large

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Aug 10, 2021

Guest Post; The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant

The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant...a Guest Post...

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Aug 07, 2021

My Flapjack isn’t happy

Hello, I am from the northeast and have recently have really gotten into place the past couple months. I bought a good looking flapjack succulent with

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Aug 06, 2021

Sempervivum Globe - if it's round, plant it with hens and chicks

Plant a wire garden sphere with hens and chicks for a gorgeous Sempervivum Globe; choose from two hanging baskets wired together, or find a complete wire globe and fill it with panty hose...

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Aug 05, 2021

Hoya - the wax plant or wax flower

Hoya is known as the wax plant or wax flower for good reason; the flowers look exactly like they are made out of wax

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Aug 02, 2021

Strange yellow 'wasp nest' feature on string of pearls plant.

Hello I have just noticed a strange yellow lump on one of my string of pearls plants. It looks like a yellow wasps nest but it's sitting on the pearls

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Aug 01, 2021

Air circulation and watering

Hi Jackie I live in Deal, in South East England and have over 60 succulents, many of them brought with me when I returned five years ago from living in

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Jul 29, 2021

Propagate ceropegia woodii?

My ceropegia woodii is about to flower, and with summer coming to an end in a month, the length of this plant is getting out of control so I would like

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Jul 26, 2021

HELP with Pothos cuttings

Hi, I have two houseplants with issues, both with the same problem. Both of these plants were from cuttings that were originally rooted in water. When

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Jul 26, 2021

Help with my jade plant

Hello, I have a jade plant in a pot with a couple Of other succulents. It has always done well, but in the last couple of weeks it very quickly developed

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Jul 22, 2021

Potager Gardens - the ingredients for soup in a lush, lovely garden

Lush, lovely Potager Gardens; imagine picking all the ingredients for a nourishing soup right from your garden; scented herbs, parterres of flowers and vegetables

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Jul 14, 2021

My Anthurium is not doing well

I've been growing two anthurium plants ...they started drying up so I changed the soil composition to cocopeat, soil and cow dung ...but still I don't

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Jul 12, 2021

Fun and Interesting Succulent Planters - Pottery, Ceramic and Glass

Pottery, Ceramic and Glass Succulent Planters - Fun and Interesting Ideas...

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Jul 12, 2021

Help with Struggling Succulent

I have this plant that started out very small. Now look at it. I don’t know what to do. Should I trim off the long scraggly pieces and see what happens?

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Jul 10, 2021

My spider plant is wilting and seems lifeless

My spider plant has dramatically wilted within a day , i water it every 3-4 days and that too just to moist the soil , i repotted it last night and its

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Jul 04, 2021

New Pilea

I’ve done so much research in my new Pilea plant I got. I watered it on the bottom and it flourished. it’s grown so much. It even has new little buds growing

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