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Growing Succulents

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Succulents are an excellent plant choice for container gardens. They are easy to grow, require little water, and minimal care. Add some to your houseplant collection or your garden. This is a guide about growing succulents.


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June 29, 2016

My friend planted her terra cotta strawberry pot with different succulents. It looks fabulous. I have an old strawberry pot that is currently empty so I'm going to try my own version.

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July 5, 2014

I have a short wall between my garden and the neighbor's driveway. It is a pretty old cinderblock construction with some of the cement patches over the holes gone. I had some leftover succulent starts and decided to plant them in the wall.

I filled the openings with garden soil and added the small plants. Two seasons later they are flourishing. Right now they have their summer yellow tint on, but in the cooler months they are a pretty green.

I water them occasionally in the summer, but here in the northwest the climate takes care of the rest of the year. I may add a variety that has pretty flowers and see how it does in this setting.

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April 28, 20135 found this helpful

Hens and Chicks

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This guide is about growing hens and chicks. These semi succulents grow best in poor soil conditions, and are especially suitable for the rock garden.


July 16, 20151 found this helpful

Growing Purslane (Portulaca) oleracea

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This is a guide about growing purslane (portulaca). Thriving in a hot, dry climate these edible plants, also called pigweed, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.


May 18, 20131 found this helpful

Growing Sedum

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This is a guide about growing sedum. There are many types of these succulents known as sedum. They are easy to grow and quite tolerant of poor growing conditions.


March 4, 20130 found this helpful

Flowering Jade (Crassula)

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This is a guide about growing jade (Crassula). The jade plant is a popular succulent that is often grown as a houseplant.


November 9, 20110 found this helpful

An aloe plant in a pot.

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This is a guide about growing aloe. Not only is aloe a neat looking plant, it has medicinal uses too. It is easy to grow aloe at home and have access to its soothing qualities the next time you get sunburned.



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February 3, 2007

Are coffee grounds safe for succulents?

Lara from Santa Rosa, CA

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February 5, 20071 found this helpful

Coffee grounds create an acid soil. Any plant that likes an acid environment will love these, esp camellias, azaleas and roses.

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June 5, 2014

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A lovely display of succulents found on a garden wall in Chester County, PA.

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Chester County, PA

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

Nice that someone has planted these outside for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for a lovely photo.


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By 16 found this helpful
June 2, 2010

I love to collect tiny containers (bought from thrift shops) for my succulent collections; if I see an interesting shape (plastic animal mugs, etc.) I drill drainage holes in them and fill them with succulents.

By Renee

various containers and pots

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June 6, 20100 found this helpful

Awesome tip. Can you please tell me what type of drill tip you use for putting holes in the ceramic stuff? I tried once a long time ago and it just shattered the container. You must have a special trick! Please tell!

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September 16, 2011

As a professional photographer, I enjoy tootling around in my off time, looking for opportunities to photograph just about anything. I recently photographed some succulents from my garden and particularly love this one. It has soft, yet very distinct contrasting color.

Source: Beth Damon Photography

By bethcriner

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

I love the colors in this one. Great shot!

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