How To Care For and Grow Easter Cactus (Spring Cactus)

easter cactus in a white flower pot

There’s a good reason holiday cacti are among the most popular succulents. Easter cacti (a.k.a. spring cacti) are relatively easy and undemanding houseplants, non-toxic to pets and small children, and if cared for properly, produce a dazzling array of flowers that brighten up the months when most plants look drab. Holiday cacti (so named because … Read more

How to Grow the String of Dolphins Plant

string of dolphins plant in a white ceramic pot

Visual illusions, anything from shadow puppets to the art of M.C. Escher, have an entrancing quality. Many plant lovers enjoy the visual pun-play involved in raising plants that mimic other plants or animals, such as string of pearls (a.k.a. string of peas), Psychotria elata (a.k.a. hooker’s lips), or Orchis italica (the naked man orchid). If … Read more

Lithops Succulent: How To Grow Living Stone Plants

Close up picture of lithops in different colors

In the 1970s, a man named Gary Dahl became a millionaire selling Pet Rocks. This “toy” was literally a smooth gray stone that came nestled into a straw bed inside a cardboard box perforated with “breathing holes,” along with a 32-page tongue-in-cheek instruction manual for its proper care and feeding. While the original Pet Rock … Read more

Hens and Chicks Plant: How to Grow and Care For

a picture of hens and chicks plant

Since the 1980s, a hens and chicks plant has been growing on an old tree stump in my grandmother’s flower bed in Indiana, USDA zone 6. It has survived forty years or more despite annual snowstorms, without any maintenance, fertilizer, or even soil to grow in.  Sempervivum is just as attractive as it is resilient, … Read more

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

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

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