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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!

May 11, 2021

Propagation idea

I have this string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) inside of a glass bauble and I wanted to cut in between each rooted node to spawn new shoots off each

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May 10, 2021

plant help me identify this plant

Hi there, I bought this succulent from a local garden center and forgot its name. can you please help me identify? I'm attaching a photo of it.

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May 09, 2021


Propagation of a succulent, start to finish

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May 06, 2021

zinnia leaves in distress

We planted zinnias (from pots) into our garden about three weeks ago, early May. We had two cold nights, but we covered all the zinnias well to prevent

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May 06, 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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May 06, 2021

Dying or dead succulents?!

I discovered these at my moms recently, I believe they were originally green! I’ve been told they are possibly a haworthia succulent? Is there any way

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May 06, 2021

tulips and ranuculus

Hello Jackie, a couple of ranunculi i planted late in october(zone 11) are starting to grow leaves,i keep them outside lots of light with no direct sunlight

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May 06, 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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May 04, 2021

How do I propagate string of hearts leaves?

I bought these variegated string of hearts leaves from a seller on Etsy and I cannot find anywhere a way to propagate them. This seller says she´s done

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May 04, 2021


Crossandra, or Firecracker Flower

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May 03, 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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Apr 29, 2021

Succulent Plant Propagation e-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

Download the Succulent Plant Propagation e-Book and learn the Horticulturists secrets...

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Apr 28, 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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Apr 28, 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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Apr 25, 2021

Succulent turning white

My agaves are turning white and dying. What is it and how do I fix it? Thanks

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Apr 24, 2021

Coppertina 9 bark

1) When you first plant them, how often do you water them ? 2) When do you consider them Established ? 3) we are in zone 5, Wisconsin

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Apr 23, 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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Apr 17, 2021

Xeric Garden Style - blend your personal style, and the way you live

Your Xeric Garden Style reflects your own personal style, as well as your life style; harmonize them all...

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Apr 15, 2021

"scarring" on bird of paradise leaf

Hello, Do you have any idea what might be going on with my bird of paradise? It looks healthy (is giant, and always growing new leaves), but the appearance

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Apr 15, 2021

Over Reaching Succulent

Hi Jacki, I have a small Lilac Mist on my desk at work and she has began to grow up and now leaning. Is this normal? How do I keep her from leaning to

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Apr 15, 2021

Peace lily not Growing new Leaves

Its been 3 months my peace lily is not growing new leaves, even after giving adequate sunlight and water. I changed the soil 10 days ago and still don't

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Apr 14, 2021

Weed-free Xeriscaping - lush dry landscapes without weeds

Your Weed-free Xeriscaping begins with the preparation of the soil; barring that, mulch, mulch, mulch...

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Apr 13, 2021

Earth Day Inspiration - save the world; plant junk

Keeping your junk out of the landfill is one way to celebrate Earth Day; what will you do to celebrate?

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Apr 13, 2021

Avocado Bonsai

Growing an Avocado exposed root Bonsai from seed

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Apr 12, 2021

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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Apr 11, 2021

It's About Blooming Time - spring, finally

It's About Blooming Time - spring is here, and gardening may commence; if your winter was unbearably long, you'll enjoy this...

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Apr 10, 2021

Are these Echiveria haagai and Echiveria sedoides?

Hi, please help to identify these 2 plants. From my search I have narrowed down on Echiveria haagai and Echiveria sedoides. But, looking for expert opinion.

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Apr 10, 2021

Euphorbia - strange & dangerous succulent plants

Euphorbia; strange, dangerous succulents; spiny, contorted and crested, these interesting and unique plants are surprisingly easy to grow; but watch out for their poisonous sap

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Apr 10, 2021

Sad Succulent

A succulent struggling to survive

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Apr 08, 2021

Solarization - use the power of the sun - simple soil sterilization

Solarization uses the power of the sun to sterilize soil and prepare it for planting; how do you do it? Find out here how to prevent weeds and pathogens with a simple technique...

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Apr 08, 2021

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to successfully overwinter your succulent plants with the Winterizing Succulents E-Course...

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Apr 06, 2021

Wildflowers - drought tolerant hardy perennials &annuals

Planting Wildflowers in your garden gives you the opportunity of growing and enjoying some of the most drought tolerant perennial and annual plants...

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Apr 06, 2021

Growing Wildflowers

Lots of people in Eastern Ontario have started growing wildflowers. I was thinking of doing the same as I figured that if they can survive in the wild,

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Mar 31, 2021

Avocado tree is losing its leaves

I am new to South West Florida and know that plants are different here. My boyfriend has an avocado tree that is quite old and very tall, over 15 feet.

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Mar 31, 2021

Flowers for gravesite.

I was wondering if you could give me some advice about what I could plant on my mom and dad's grave that doesn't get real high of say about four to six

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Mar 24, 2021

Stem Propagation

Hey Jacki, Here it is ... my natural light west facing succulent stem propagation attempt. Wish me luck and let me know what I should be looking for

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Mar 22, 2021

That’s not where roots are meant to be!

Hi! I have this beautiful 2m tall fiddle leave fig in my bedroom. It’s been here for approx 3 months after purchasing second hand. It sits in the corner

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Mar 22, 2021

Kalanchoe daigremontiana - Maternity Plant, or Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe daigremontiana is the Maternity Plant or Mother of Thousands; bearing live young on the edges of the leaves is not a common trait

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Mar 22, 2021

How to Know When to Repot - an illustrated guide

How to Know When to Repot - An Illustrated Guide; Directions and Tips...

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Mar 21, 2021

Sempervivum - Jewels of the Xeriscape Garden

Sempervivum are hardy succulents that will take your breath away with their beauty, texture and color

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Mar 21, 2021

Duped by FB Marketplace sellers :(

Hi Jacki! My boyfriend picked up these Yucca Cane plants from a facebook marketplace seller two days ago for a GREAT price - we were so pumped to get

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Mar 20, 2021

Growing point raphidophora tetrasperma

I accidentally gently scratched with my nail the growing point of my rhaphidophora tetrasperma cutting and now I’m scared it might never branch! Help!!

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Mar 17, 2021

Scindapsus aureus

Hi! I have a old scindapsus aureus. However, after some time where parts of the plant were kept away from sunlight, leaves started to turn yellow and

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Mar 16, 2021

How to change rootball soil

Good morning, I have a pothos in this small pot and I want to change the soil for a more aerated one. Can I just remove the soil from the roots and change

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Mar 14, 2021

Rice husk or burnt rice hull?

Hello! I want to repot some of my aroids in the next days and I want to provide the best soil possible. I’ve been making my research online and I have

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Mar 10, 2021

Guest Post - How To Know When To Water Succulents

How To Know When To Water Succulents | A Guest Post

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Mar 10, 2021

Paddle plant spots

I’m in Oceanside California. My paddle plant is about 2 yrs old. It seems to be developing spots and I have no idea why. Can you take a look and tell me

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Mar 07, 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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Mar 07, 2021

Sedum album 'Faro Form'; miniature sweet little stonecrop

Sedum album 'Faro Form' is one of my all time favorites, equally at home in a garden bed, a miniature landscape, or in tiny containers like hypertufa pinch pots.

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Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this five part e-course;

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - click here to sign up...