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With such a diverse array of succulents out in the marketplace these days, proper taxonomy and identification often gets overlooked. Succulent identification confusion exists even amongst experienced horticulturalists, and plants might leave a nursery mislabeled or even unlabeled.

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Lithops

May 10, 2017

Lithops is a genus of succulent plants from the family Mesembranthemaceae, endemic to arid regions of Southern Africa. Some common names include "Living Stones", or "Split Rocks", though these names can also apply to other genera of "mesembs", like Lapidaria, Pleiospilos or Argyroderma. 

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Many people turn to succulents for their plant therapy, but succulents can be used for more than our emotional well-being.  Succulents have long been used to soothe and heal.

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Propagation: Grafting

April 28, 2017

Grafting is propagating a plant by taking a cutting and uniting it with the base of a more vigorous species. In this video, we used Cleisteo cactus as the scion (top part). Most Echinopsis will be suitable for the root stock (base).

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The genus Crassula is comprised of hundreds of species and garden cultivars. Most varieties that we see circulating around nurseries are endemic to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They range from diminutive dwarf plants that barely surpass an inch in height like Crassula susannae, to larger shrubs, like the familiar jade plant, Crassula ovata. 

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 As we get deeper into the spring season, watering and fertilizing becomes important to help foster healthy growth. It is, however, important to keep an eye on the weather.


 

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Not all succulents are created equal, and some are simply not suited for long-term landscape functionality due to sensitivity to frost or heat, or to high care requirements. Here is a list of some tough succulents that have been proven to succeed in a California landscape.

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This propagation mandala is a fun way to display your cuttings while they root.

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Learn how to plant your own succulent shot glass favors for weddings and special events.

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"Succulent Gardens East" correspondent Katie spent a week in Disney World searching for succulents. (In between repeatedly riding "It's a Small World.")

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