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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!

Oct 30, 2020

What’s wrong with my cactus?

Hi! Both of these cacti live outside, south facing, 6 hours a day of direct sun, and have been doing fine, but recently both started becoming discolored.

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Oct 29, 2020

grafting stock tree/plant

what is the type/name of root stock to graft a tamarind seedling in/onto. thanks graeme. i live in brisbane qld

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Oct 27, 2020

Deer repellent

Dear Sir, Do you feel that deer are bothered by the smell of domestic cat waste? I’ve heard some say they use used kitty litter to repel deer? I also

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Oct 26, 2020

Bugs on Leaf

Bugs on a Leaf - what are they?

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Oct 24, 2020

Natural Gardens - take a page from Mother Natures planting guide

Natural Gardens take a page from Mother Natures planting guide - learn how to place plants in your landscape to mesh perfectly

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Oct 20, 2020

UPO - Unidentified Plant Object!

Idk what type of plet this is. Bought it from a garage sale because it was pretty. HELP!

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Oct 19, 2020

Holes in Flapjack

Two leaves on my flapjack Kalanchoe are getting holes in them. They are drying up from the inside it looks like, or something is eating it. These leaves

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Oct 17, 2020

Which tree/plant/ fruit is this

I have planted this tree but not aware which tree is this. Now j can these fruits in this. Pls help me know whaf is this tree and fruit

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Oct 17, 2020

My basil plant isn’t happy

My Basil plant has these weird textured looking projections on its stems. The leaves are still fine though it seems like it’s only attracted to the stems.

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Oct 16, 2020

What would cause this

We live in Becket MA in Sherwood forest, we noticed driving into the forest it looked like some one had put aluminum in the trees. Or spray painted a reflective

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Oct 16, 2020

Learn how to make your own Rustic Crafts with the e-Book

Immerse yourself in the Craft Tutorials e-Book, and learn how to make unique and unusual garden art and upcycle found objects to create funky accents...

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Oct 15, 2020

How to Make Worm Castings Tea - simple fertilizer for succulents

How to Make Worm Castings Tea - a simple fertilizer for succulents

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Oct 13, 2020

Pups growing off main stalk + dying lower leaves. What’s next???

My flapjack is over two years old and is in a large pot outside under covered porch facing east. It’s been lush and green but stretching (because my

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Oct 13, 2020

Virus on Zamorano dragon fruit?

Hello! I purchased 2 rooted cuttings of a Zamorano dragon fruit about 5 weeks ago. The plants are healthy, although they have not grown at all. Upon

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Oct 08, 2020

Chili plant

So in March, when the quarantine started, I decided to plant some chili seeds I had leftover and this beautiful plant sprouted and grew through the months.

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Oct 06, 2020

Romantic Gardens - timelessness and weathered beauty

Romantic Gardens invite you in, and have the sense of timelessness and weathered beauty. Evocative and poignant, they look as though they have existed forever...

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Oct 06, 2020

Hearts in The Garden - what's with this shape that we love so much?

Hearts in The Garden - what do you do to show your love? Stone hearts, twigs and even topiary shapes...

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Oct 06, 2020

American persimmon tree

I received an American Persimmon tree seedling (I believe that’s what they’re called) from my township a few months back and I’m wondering when it should

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Oct 03, 2020

Ligustrum Hedge - Curled/Wilted Leaves On New Growth

I recently noticed that new growth on two of my many ligustrum plants have curled up/wilted leaves. Any idea what this could be from or how to address?

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Oct 01, 2020

Water E-Course; if you are a gardener, you need to learn about water

Sign up for the Water E-Course and learn about saving water, how to direct it to your valuable garden plants, and how to landscape with less

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Sep 28, 2020

Weed Turns into Tree

Can you tell me what type of tree this is? It started as a small plant. I thought it was a weed. I grew to this height within 2 years. Thank you.

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Sep 27, 2020

Avocado seed

So, like a lot of people, during quarantine I tried to germinate an avocado seed and now I have this beautiful, 22cm tall avocado plant. I know it’s a

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Sep 27, 2020

Succulent Crafts - mosaics, tapestries, topiaries and more

Build your Succulent Crafts to decorate your garden; choose from Sempervivum mosaics, succulent topiaries and much more

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Sep 22, 2020

Prickly Pear Cactus

I live in Las Vegas and harvest the wild Prickly pears every year. THIS YEAR the pears are just getting ripe & some others are still green. Usually

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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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