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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!

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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Jul 04, 2021

How to Plant Succulent Seeds - tips from the Horticulturist

Tips from the Horticulturist - How to Plant Succulent Seeds...

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Jul 03, 2021

Help with cherry laurel

Dear Jacki, I require assistance with my cherry laurel. We purchased four plants in March and wanted to make a small hedge of them on our balcony. The

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Jul 01, 2021

My lotus plant leaves torn in rain

I germinated a lotus plant from seeds..their leaves were torn in rain ..will it affect the plant?

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Jun 30, 2021

Linden suckers

I have a Linden that has a problem with suckers. I am thinking about digging down cutting, backfilling, putting down a thick rubber tree mat, and filling

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Jun 28, 2021

Mystery plant! Haworthia?

Hi! I recently picked this little guy up at the hardware store and of course there was no label other than “succulent”. I *think* it could be a haworthia

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Jun 26, 2021

Sad paddle plant

I have had this paddle plant for a few years. It had been doing really well right next to my sink in a north facing window (one of my sunniest windows).

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Jun 24, 2021

Sedum ewersii - round leaved, sweet little stonecrop

Sedum ewersii with its blue foliage and pink flowers bustles around busily - it's one of the most valued stonecrops for green roofs, and also for special gardens

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Jun 23, 2021

Sedum ussuriense 'Turkish Delight' - odd and unusual stonecrop

Sedum ussuriense 'Turkish Delight' does indeed look like the confection, with deep purple tinged round leaves; it's a great addition to beds and borders with it's half way sized growth habit

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Jun 19, 2021

Sedum Cuttings - economically increasing your stonecrop groundcover

Increase your stonecrop groundcover, economically - with Sedum Cuttings...

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Jun 17, 2021

My poor tomato plants

Hello, I am in need of some help. I think all of my tomato plants that are in individual pots have caught something or at least something is happening

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Jun 15, 2021

Rejuvenating the Sempervivum Sphere - replacing hens and chicks

After a tough winter, I get going on Rejuvenating the Sempervivum Sphere to refresh and refurbish...

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Jun 13, 2021

Zebra plant

My plant lost all the leaves in winter. what am i doing wrong? the stem has become brown but it starts to grow leaves on the top.

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Jun 12, 2021

Xeriscaping Crossword - have fun with this online crossword puzzle

Jump in - do the Xeriscaping Crossword - the clues will help you discover the words; gardening is so much more than just growing plants, now you can do the puzzle too...

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Jun 12, 2021

My Hindu rope hoya has spots

My hoya has sticky white web like spots. They get deep into the curled leaves and difficult to remove.

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Jun 12, 2021

Weird comfrey flowers

Have you ever seen comfrey with unusual flower growth? My comfrey spot has plants that are a handful of years old. Last year, some had weird flowers.

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Jun 09, 2021

fill in the gaps

Hi, I have a long straight row of mature 22 year old Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) that creates a nice visual barrier near a property line.

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Jun 05, 2021


Hi I recently transplanted my crown of thorns plant from pure mud.....I live in 1/2 mud on bottom of planter to potting soil on top layer.....I

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Jun 03, 2021

Bad idea for indoor plant

Would you recommend Nerium oleander as an indoor plant?

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Jun 02, 2021

Wound on peach tree

Help! I noticed a gash at the bottom of the trunk of my peach tree. It looks like ants are inside it now and the peaches have stopped growing. Some

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Jun 01, 2021

New Rose Grower

Hi I have new Rose Bushes I have Planted. They are the Knockout Roses. They all of a sudden are shooting up like this. Way past the Rose Bush itself. And

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May 31, 2021

Bishop Weed troubles

My garden is overrun with Bishop's weed. I've been digging it up for years and it still returns. This year it returned with a vengeance. I know an herbicide

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May 26, 2021

Sempervivum Picture Gallery A-D species and varieties

This Sempervivum Picture Gallery shows species and varieties alphabetically from A-D - don't miss the other three galleries for more great varieties and species of these fascinating plants...

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May 24, 2021

Money tree plant

My money tree has sap. I didn't know they did that. Is it normal? Rose-Marie

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May 23, 2021

Pruning my Holly

Hi, I live in Oklahoma City. Last winter in February Oklahoma suffered a polar vortex, and on the first day of the week long event the temperature went

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May 20, 2021

Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic - rustic garden crafts

Here's a different way to grow succulents - in this Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic...

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May 17, 2021

String of hearts

My string of hearts have been doing well, as you can see in one pot but the other has the white bulbs showing. I have pulled some out but haven’t had

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May 16, 2021

Succulent Plant Business e-Book - the manual for microbusiness success

Your manual for microbusiness success - the Succulent Plant Business E-Book...

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May 16, 2021

Potential Foraging Problem

Please help asap! The boys i babysit (very intelligent boys) informed me they had wild onions in the woods behind their house. After ensuring their parents

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May 15, 2021

30-year old Jade in need

Jade came from very old home. Lived in a north facing room so struggled for light. Would like to save it. What do you recommend?

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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

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

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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