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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!

Jun 27, 2022

Sweetheart Kerri Hoya

Can you tell me why my Kerri Hoya is growing one long stem? It’s has been growing like this for months now.

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Jun 27, 2022

How to Plant Sempervivum - tips from the horticulturist

Tips from the Horticulturist | How to Plant Sempervivum...

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Jun 26, 2022

Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative

Make a Thyme Lawn, and take the summer off; no mowing, fertilizing or fuss with a great lawn alternative...

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Jun 21, 2022

Remaking Hens and Chicks - Sempervivum Rejuvenation

Sempervivum getting a little tired looking? Remaking your Hens and Chicks is easy to do and gives them a new lease on life...

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Jun 20, 2022

What is a “responsible”:rose (if any), to use ?

In a garden in Santa Fe, NM , growing zone 6? For outdoor property beautification?

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Jun 20, 2022

How To Plant Sedum Cuttings - the tricks of the trade

Sedum cuttings take a few tricks - here's How To Plant Sedum Cuttings...

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Jun 20, 2022

Solstice - the longest day

Solstice - celebrate the longest day...

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Jun 19, 2022

Pocket Gardens - jewel like focal points in the xeriscape garden

Pocket Gardens are jewel like focal points in your xeriscape garden; plant them with special plants...

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Jun 18, 2022

How to Grow Sempervivum - tips for the happiest Hens and Chicks

Learn How to Grow Sempervivum, the hardy hens and chicks plants; tips and techniques for happy houseleeks

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Jun 16, 2022

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents

Make your own Succulent Sphere; globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Jun 16, 2022

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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Jun 12, 2022

Chemicals in plants

I am testing plants and am assuming the below are botanical expressions. Ph level was NV % of Ca0, N, P2, 05, K20, Mgo N = Nitrogen Mgo and the others

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Jun 09, 2022

Leaf Curl

I have a plum tree that we planted last year and I am seeing the leaves curl on the tree. I have sprayed with soapy water...to no avail. What can I do

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Jun 04, 2022

A Gravel Garden; more than just landscaping with rocks

A Gravel Garden is more than just a pile of crushed granite, or river rock dumped into your garden; it's a living, breathing and constantly evolving entity...

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Jun 02, 2022

Help with my paddle plant please.

I was gifted this guy by a well-meaning boyfriend who said, “Just water every couple weeks….” Well, then, he thought he should be put outside in spring

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May 31, 2022

Trailing plants

Hello! I haven’t recently really gotten into the houseplant game. I have a baby Pink princess philodendron and a white princess philodendron as well as

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May 25, 2022

Dehumidifier water for plants

Is dehumidifier water actually good for plants?

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May 23, 2022

Resilient Design - plan early, reap the rewards for years to come

Resilient Design; plan early, reap the rewards for years to come...

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May 17, 2022

propagate huge pothos

Now, I know I know, please don't slaughter it you might say, but it's just soooooooooo oogly, and I really don't have any space left. Besides, I really

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May 15, 2022

What do I even do with this Boston fern :’(

Hello! I had this Boston fern for 3 months now and it’s just never getting better. I have it on my west window, near a humidifier and it has a wicking

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May 14, 2022

What is infesting my Sambucus

Hi again Jacki. I'm now addicted to coming to you as my first stop with my plant problems. We live in South-East England and I inherited a beautiful Sambucus

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May 12, 2022

Tips To Grow Succulents From Seed - a guest post

Guest Post - Tips To Grow Succulents From Seed

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May 12, 2022

Modular Green Roof - an easy system for a tapestry roof

I built a Modular Green Roof; an easy and quick system for the green roof look, with less work; using modules makes for a seamless way to fix holes and add more plants...

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May 09, 2022

How do I start a aloe vera plant?

I was wondering how you can take an aloe vera start and replant it?

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May 09, 2022

Variegation or mosaic virus?

My rhaphidophora tetrasperma cutting has been planted 5 weeks ago and it has been growing incredibly well. The newest leaf actually has this variegated-looking

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May 06, 2022

Growing Your Own Dry Garden

Growing garden plants on dry land can be tricky Limitations of water and the selection of compatible plants are some challenges to begin with, accrued

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May 06, 2022

Lower soil ph houseplants

My tropical plants (philodendrons, monsteras, scindapsus, epipremnums, etc) have a soil of around 7 PH. But they need a ph of around 5.5 or 6 (please correct

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May 05, 2022

Can You Root Succulents With Honey? Guest Post

Guest Post - Can You Root Succulents With Honey?

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Apr 25, 2022

Will these brown aloes return to being green?

The vera and squarrosa have turned brown during the winter. They were grown in my greenhouse (in the south of the UK) with a small amount of heat overnight.

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Apr 23, 2022

Pink princess philodendron stump recovery

This it the remainder of my first pink princess philodendron. I have propagated all the other nodes in February and left this stump in the soil hoping

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Apr 22, 2022

Philodendron Green Princess Root question: repotting into a chunkier mix

My office gave me this philodendron Green Princess plant. They took it out of the soil (it was in a very compacted, 100% peat moss substrate) and I want

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Apr 19, 2022

Raspberry plant is dying

Hi, I have this raspberry plant that I got two weeks ago. It was doing good and started to have new growth and now has started to die. I live in Phoenix

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Apr 17, 2022

Acer diseased?

Does this look Diseased it’s still alive but doesn’t thrive

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Apr 10, 2022

plant feed

i am looking for a plant food that will serve my peac lilly, clematis and geraniums would a 20-20-20 or similar ratio be suitable for all three?

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Apr 10, 2022

To Magnolia or to not Magnolia

I live in southeast Michigan. I have read that magnolias need a lot of sunlight. Where I want to plant them gets a lot of sun in spring and summer and

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Apr 05, 2022

What Are Succulent Plants - Definition of Succulent

Definition of Succulent - what are succulent plants?

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Apr 04, 2022

Choosing a seeding

Hi I have two true patato seeds that have sprouted but the one on the right grew first but it had the seed still attached for one or two days after germinating

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Apr 04, 2022

Leaves Cracking O Succulent

I am growing succulents in a grow room under grow lights. The temperature is between 23 and 28 degrees and the humidity is about 75 per cent. I water my

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Apr 01, 2022

Three separate sickly azaleas

I have a Rhododendron ‘Impeditum’, Azalea Japonica and an unnamed Azalea, all grown in pots for the last three years. They are planted in ericaceous compost,

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Apr 01, 2022

SEPTIC INTRUSION?

hi there! We live in Florida, zone 9, I believe. We are landscaping our front yard and looking for an option with regards to a tree or large shrub.

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Mar 30, 2022

Mold on soil of fig tree?

Hello, My fig tree gets watered once a week and the soil gets a bit white on top after few days. Is this mold? I just wanted to double check, thank you

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Mar 28, 2022

Pachyphytum blue haze

I had to cut off the blossoms on my Blue Haze due to aphids. I kept some that were not infested. Are these tiny new plants and if so will they grow after

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Mar 28, 2022

About ground coverings in shade in zone 6b

Hello. I need a ground cover that stays very short, grows in shade and I need to know how deep I need to put edging in the ground to keep it from growing

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Mar 27, 2022

Philodendron pink princess: Chop or no chop?

Hello! I bought this philodendron pink princess 2 or 3 months ago and it didn’t look good then, nor does it now. Im strongly considering chopping

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Mar 19, 2022

Can I plant a malus white angel crabapple tree in zone 9a

Will a white malus (white angel) crabapple tree live in zone 9a? This is Menifee, California 92584

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Mar 13, 2022

Grow Sunflowers for daughter’s wedding- Calgary, Ab

I need 60 single stem sunflowers 4’-6’ varieties to grow in a small space. The varieties are pro-cut Red and Pro-cut orange from Sunflowerselections.com.

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Mar 11, 2022

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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Mar 08, 2022

Epiphyllum - the tree dwelling Orchid Cactus

Epiphyllum are commonly known as Orchid Cactus for their dinner plate sized flowers; once you see them, you recognize them anywhere...

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Feb 20, 2022

Should I plant this now?

Hi Jacki. This is my first venture into propagating from leaves. I bought three leaves and they are progressing well. I understand that both the two small

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