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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!

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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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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