How to Grow & Care for String of Pearls Plant (Curio rowleyanus)

a pot of curio rowleyanus or string of pearls

Don’t eat these peas! The succulent known as string of pearls—otherwise known as string of beads or string of peas, for obvious reasons once you’ve seen it—is poisonous. However, in a pet and toddler-free household string of pearls makes an ideal houseplant.  The long trailing stems festooned with round green leaves that look just like … Read more

What To Do With Succulents Growing Tall – Leggy Succulents

succulents growing tall

Does your succulent look like an adolescent—tall, gangly, and awkward, with limbs that look thin as toothpicks? Does it resemble a Charlie Brown Christmas tree more than it does than the bushy succulent you brought home from the store? What did you do wrong? The simple answer is that your succulent is leggy (or, in … Read more

Mother of Thousands – Kalanchoe daigremontiana Care and Growing Guide

Mother of Thousands succulent on top of a wooden table

Many people have a love-hate relationship with their mother, so it makes sense that Mother of Thousands, Kalanchoe daigremontiana, is considered both a charming and beloved houseplant and a toxic invasive weed. Its bluish-green foliage is eye-catching, mainly because it grows dozens of adorable baby plantlets along the edges of its leaves. Once they fall … Read more

How To Grow Bear Paw Succulents – Cotyledon Tomentosa

close-up picture of a Cotyledon Tomentosa

Bear Paw, Cotyledon tomentosa, is an adorable and easy to grow succulent known for its chubby, hairy paws with ridges at the tip reminiscent of little claws. It can also produce small bell-shaped flowers that vary in color from yellow-green to red-orange.  But how do you grow and care for this succulent? If you aren’t … Read more

Why Is My Succulent Dying? How To Revive a Dying Succulent

a woman holding a cactus with root rot

There’s a common misconception that succulents are idiot-proof. Succulents are mostly low maintenance and resilient to neglect, but that doesn’t make them immortal. Growing a plant from a semi-desert and in a north-facing window in Wisconsin is asking a lot. So if your succulent is wilting, discolored, or covered in bugs, don’t take it personally; … Read more

A Guide To Choosing The Best Pot For Your Succulents

different pots on a shelf

There is no one perfect succulent pot. The truth is most pots and planters will work, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Different kinds of pots will create slightly different care needs for your succulents (for example, affecting how often you water). This guide will help you choose the best pot for your … Read more

How to Care for Succulents – How To Grow Succulents Indoors and Outdoors

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You (yes, you!) are definitely capable of growing a healthy succulent. After all, succulents are resilient, low-maintenance plants that grow abundantly in environments that would challenge most plants.  However, when you take a plant from Mozambique or Mexico and grow it in Maine or Minnesota, some challenges are inevitable. And, for many houseplant lovers, it … Read more

How to Propagate Succulents – Easy Ways Using Leaves, Cuttings and Seeds

Newly cut succulents planted in a small blue planter box for propagation

The word propagation may sound intimidatingly scientific, but take heart. Reproducing your succulents couldn’t be easier. The joints of succulent leaves and stems contain special “meristem” tissue–like human stem cells–designed to replicate the plant when a leaf drops off a plant and falls to the ground. In other words, succulents easily replicate themselves without human … Read more

Are Succulents Poisonous To Cats and Dogs?

Cat next to succulents

For many people, a house isn’t really a home without two things: pets and plants. Flora and fauna can be compatible cohabitants, but not all plants are pet-safe. Even the most well-behaved pets will occasionally snack on a succulent. And, many popular, attractive succulents are highly poisonous that can lead to medical emergencies and the … Read more

Sedum Nussbaumerianum – How To Grow, Care For and Propagate

a hand holding a pot of Sedum Nussbaumerianum

Coppertone Sedum has a split personality. It is a dramatic, gold, and coral succulent that grows into short bushes and spreads as ground cover when grown outdoors. Indoors, it is a cute but easily overlooked succulent, with leaves like green bananas just beginning to ripen. Wherever you grow it, Coppertone succulent is a resilient, low-maintenance … Read more

How To Grow and Care For Echeveria Agavoides

A picture of different echeveria in pots

Lipstick echeveria is a popular, attractive, low-maintenance succulent. It grows well in an arrangement with other potted succulents and looks great in warm-weather gardens, on its own in a small pot, or even in warm-weather rock gardens. Plus, you don’t even need a green thumb to grow lipstick echeveria – all it requires is a … Read more

How To Grow a Moon Cactus – Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii

woman holding a pot of ruby ball moon cactus

Even though succulents and cacti are less colorful and dramatic than other plants, they are popular houseplants because they are resilient and easy enough for beginning gardeners to grow successfully. Plus, there are many varieties to choose from.  If you want to add a little glamour to your cactus garden and have the patience for … Read more

How To Grow and Look After An Elephant Bush – Portulacaria Afra

man holding a pot of elephant bush

If you’ve ever wanted to grow a bonsai tree, but aren’t sure if you have the discipline, you should try an elephant bush. Also known as dwarf jade, porkbush, and spekboom, the elephant bush is a popular semi-perennial succulent shrub.  Elephant bush has a reddish-brown stem and small glossy green leaves. There are several variants, … Read more

Zebra Plant – Haworthiopsis fasciata & attenuata

a Zebra haworthia on a table

Zebra plant is a term commonly used to describe a pair of succulent doppelgängers: Haworthiopsis fasciata and Haworthiopsis attenuata. Both are like tiny aloes, with dark green spiky leaves decorated with thin, bumpy, white stripes.  There’s a lot of controversy over the classification of Zebra plants. It is common for garden centers to sell H. … Read more

Variegated String of Hearts – Ceropegia Woodii Variegata

close-up picture of ceropegia woodie Variegata in a pot

If you are looking for a pretty, easy-to-care-for plant — a perfect gift for your sweetheart — you’ll fall in love with the variegated string of hearts. Its tiny, heart-shaped leaves are mottled sage-green and silver. The leaves of the variegated variety of these plants are edged in an eye-catching pink. The string of hearts … Read more

Fairy Castle Cactus Care Information – Acanthocereus tetragonus

fairy castle cactus behind a pink background

If your sunny windowsill needs a little more magic, consider adopting a fairy castle cactus. This columnar cactus got its name because the multiple clumping stems grow up in a formation reminiscent of the turrets of a medieval castle.  Each stem of the fairy castle cactus is a five-sided fleshy branch with wooly spines on … Read more

Cold Hardy Succulents – the Complete Guide

hardy succulents

You might associate succulents with balmy climes, tumbleweed, and arid desert landscapes,  so you might be surprised to discover that some succulents thrive in cooler climates. There’s a surprisingly wide array of hardy succulents that can survive and thrive in cold weather, so there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the exotic, almost alien attraction … Read more

How to Get a Christmas Cactus to Bloom

how to get christmas cactus to bloom

Christmas Cactus plants are one of my favorite types of succulents, it is a lovely flowering cactus that is actually originates from the forest, not the desert (despite its name)! If you have ever seen one in bloom, then you will understand why it is one of the most popular types of succulent. But actually … Read more