How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe

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The Kalanchoe genus includes a range of perennial succulents that are hardy in Zones 9-12, depending on the variety. Our guide explains how to grow kalanchoe outdoors in warm areas or indoors as a houseplant. And it’s easily propagated from cuttings, seeds, or plantlets produced on leaf edges. Read more now.

How to Harvest Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Fruit

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Prickly pear cacti earned their name because of the edible, tasty, pear-shaped fruits they produce. These colorful fruits are tasty, nutritious, and easy to process! If you’ve avoided trying them because of their unfriendly-seeming spines, don’t worry – we’ll cover everything you need to know for a safe harvest.

How to Grow and Care for Donkey’s Tail Succulents

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With its trailing stems and plump, bluish leaves, donkey’s tail sedum makes a striking houseplant that’s easy to care for. This cliff-dwelling succulent is the perfect choice for a raised planter or hanging basket. Plus, it is nontoxic and fun to propagate. Read more now to learn how to grow and care for donkey’s tail.

How to Identify and Manage Cactus Longhorn Beetles

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Cactus longhorn beetles are prevalent in the desert climes of North America. If you grow cacti in your landscape, read on to discover which species of cacti these insect pests favor as their hosts, when they are most active, the damage they are capable of inflicting, and how to manage an infestation.

How to Save an Overwatered Christmas Cactus

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Christmas cactus is a low-maintenance flowering houseplant that thrives in bright, indirect sunlight with low to moderate moisture. Knowing when it is time to water and how much is needed is often challenging. Read on to discover ways to avoid overwatering and get instructions on how to rescue a soggy Christmas cactus.

11 of The Best Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Cultivars

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When growing dragon fruit (or pitayas) at home, you have options. Do you want to grow small sweet yellow fruits, big tangy red-fleshed ones, or something in between? Choose the best cultivars for your growing conditions – and your taste buds. Ready to learn about 11 of the best dragon fruit varieties? Read more now.

How to Grow Your Own Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

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Dragon fruit are a tasty tropical treat – and with the right techniques and know-how, you can grow your own crop of them at home. These colorful fruits are borne on the succulent stems of jungle cacti, which can produce a bountiful harvest in just a year and a half. Learn how to grow your own pitayas in this guide.

How to Identify and Control Mites on Succulents

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Succulents are a very popular category of plants, featuring a variety of shapes and colors, and seeming to thrive on neglect. Mites like them too, and if you let them, they’ll suck on your collection with gusto. Learn everything you need to know about succulent mites and how to deal with them in this guide. Read more now.

What Are Cactus Glochid Spines?

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All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Cacti have sharp, prominent spines that inhibit moisture loss and provide shade and protection for the fleshy stems. Many species also have clusters of smaller spines called glochids. Learn about these small yet troublesome ones so you’re not caught unawares.

How to Grow and Care for Variegated Tiger Aloe

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Tiger aloe is a compact succulent that offers enormous appeal. Learn how to bring it home as a houseplant where it’ll thrive on neglect while still offering beautiful color and an interesting pattern. Or, make it part of a xeriscape where it can spread and fill in a bed or planter. We’ve got the details that you need.

How to Grow and Care for Key Lime Pie Plants

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Key lime pie plants are unique succulents with gorgeous foliage and ornamental flexibility. Whether grown as a houseplant or outdoors, this specimen will truly stand out wherever you choose to put it! In our growing guide, we’ll cover propagation methods, cultivation tips, and plant health care techniques. Read more.

11 of the Best Types of Elephant Bush to Grow at Home

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Elephant bush, also known as spekboom, is a low-maintenance, succulent houseplant that is available in different leaf colors, sizes, and growth habits. From trailing to upright, variegated to bright yellow, there are wonderful options to choose from. Discover 11 of the best types of elephant bush in this guide. Read more.

How to Harvest Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Pads

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Though they may be just a tad fierce-looking with their large spines and strange shape, prickly pear cacti are not only edible, they’re delicious! It’s a little tricky to harvest nopales without being poked, but we’re going to discuss just how to do this so you can painlessly enjoy this treat at home for years to come.

How to Grow and Care for Panda Plants Indoors

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Panda plant is a succulent species for USDA Hardiness Zones 11 and 12 that also makes an exceptional houseplant. It has fuzzy foliage edged in brown, for a rich two-tone look. A striking addition to succulent collections, it also makes an eye-catching standalone specimen. Learn how to grow your own panda plant indoors.

How to Grow and Care for Elephant Bush Indoors

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With emerald-green, succulent leaves, elephant bush is an easy-care houseplant that can stand up to neglect. Also known as spekboom or dwarf jade, this plant has low water needs, plus it’s nontoxic and fun to propagate. Ready to learn more? Read our guide now to learn how to grow and care for elephant bush indoors.

Agave or Aloe? How to Tell These Plants Apart

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Get serious about succulents and learn the difference between agave and aloe. Don’t let their resemblance fool you anymore! After reading about them individually and discovering their notable differences, it’s simple to tell these stunning drought-tolerant plants apart – and they make a fantastic pair in the garden.

How to Grow and Care for Old Man Cactus Indoors

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For texturally-rich vertical interest among your succulent houseplants, consider introducing old man cactus. Covered in cascading hairlike white spines, this column-shaped desert species matures slowly. It requires a bright location, little moisture, and occasional maintenance. Read on for indoor growing instructions.

Sempervivum Types: 11 of the Best Hens and Chicks Varieties

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All types of Sempervivum are easy-care, drought- and deer-resistant succulents suited to growing in containers or as ground cover. But which is best for you? Simplify the selection with our roundup of 11 of our favorite hens and chicks in various colors including lilac, red, and black, and one with a cobweb texture.

How to Grow and Care for Yucca

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Learn how to grow and care for yucca in your garden or landscape! This drought-tolerant plant thrives in hot climates, making it ideal for water-wise gardens. A stunning succulent that is perfect for xeriscaping and container gardening, yucca is low-maintenance while adding a dramatic statement to any space. Read more.

Do Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum) Plants Bloom?

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Can you expect your hens and chicks to bloom? Our guide explains how aging or stress causes succulent Sempervivum plants to form dainty flowers that are usually pink. After blooming just once, the plant dies. We also share tips for recognizing developing buds and keeping offsets alive once the parent plant passes on.

Learn How to Propagate Cacti

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Sporting sharp spines, and coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, cacti are also easy to propagate. There are a variety of ways you can do this, whether via cuttings, offsets, seeds, or division. To learn everything you need to know to propagate these pointy plants, visit Gardeners Path for all the details.

Growing Hens and Chicks: How to Care for Sempervivum Plants

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Hens and chicks have been a longtime favorite, especially for those gardeners who don’t have a lot of time to tend to their plants. These succulents are eager to grow in the poorest, driest soils, dividing freely to fill those inhospitable places. Learn about growing hens and chicks in our guide. Read more now.

23 of the Most Fabulous Types of Epiphyllums

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Epiphyllums are forest cacti that exhibit a dazzling assortment of flower colors and shapes, on both compact plants and prodigious growers. With their luxuriant foliage and extravagant blooms, species plants and hybrids are delights to discover. Read more now to learn about 23 of the most fabulous types of epiphyllums.

Growing Orchid Cacti: How to Care for Epiphyllums Indoors

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Epiphyllums are large forest cacti that produce incredibly showy, oversized blooms. With their large, flattened stems, these succulent plants are easy to care for, fun to propagate, and stand up well to neglect. To learn more about growing fabulous epiphyllum species and hybrids as houseplants, keep reading now.

How to Grow and Care for Haworthia Indoors

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Haworthias are succulents that grow outdoors in Zones 9 to 11 and indoors as houseplants. There are about 60 recognized species and many variations. Most have a rosette form. Distinctive traits include bumps, bristles, ridges, and stripes. Some have “windows” to aid photosynthesis. Learn how to grow your favorites indoors.

35 of the Best Hanging and Trailing Succulents and Cacti

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Cacti and succulents that trail over a planter’s edge create a beautiful vision of floral bounty. But not all of these plants have the same care needs – and each of them has a different visual appeal. Keep reading to discover 35 of the best hanging and trailing cacti and succulents, and choose your favorites!

How to Grow Succulents Outdoors in the Garden

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Low-maintenance, water-wise succulents are popular houseplants, but did you know that you can also cultivate them outdoors in the garden? Read on to discover species suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone and create eye-catching arrangements that display the varied forms, colors, and textures of these quirky desert plants.

How to Plant and Grow Sedum (Stonecrop)

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Sedums are a group of durable, gorgeous plants with very low maintenance requirements. Coming in both low and upright forms, stonecrop is versatile in the landscape, whether as specimen plantings or a complementary ground cover. They’ll even attract friendly pollinators! Read on to learn how to grow them for yourself.

How to Grow and Care for String of Pearls

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String of pearls is a desert succulent suited to gardens in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 12 and houseplant cultivation in all zones. It is noteworthy for having round, green, pearl-like leaves that adorn cascading stems. Suspend it in a hanging planter for a dramatic display. Read on to learn how to grow string of pearls.

How to Grow Prickly Pear Cactus

Whether you live in an arid region or a temperate climate, there is a prickly pear species suitable for your landscaping needs. Many Opuntias also come with the added bonus of edible pads and fruits. It’s super easy to get started and caretaking is a breeze. Learn how to grow prickly pear cactus in this guide. Read more.

9 Must-Have Succulent Planters

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Succulents are funky and fun to grow, especially in the trendy and functional containers we’ve gathered for you. Read on to discover 7 of our favorite pots and planters, plus key growing tips and a foolproof design scheme. Learn how to show off your water-wise plant collection now, right here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Root Aloe Vera Cuttings and Separate Pups

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For inexpensive succulent houseplants that grow quickly and are easy to care for, learn to root aloe vera cuttings from single leaves or divide pups from parent plants. The gel from the leaves soothes burns, and the starts you propagate make great gifts for indoor gardeners. Learn how to propagate aloe in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Agave in the Garden

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Agaves range in size, shape, and color, from stunning emerald and white to blue-green, and they’re sure to catch the eye. They can hold their own as a focal feature, a gorgeous addition to a succulent garden, or mixed with other drought tolerant plants. Learn how to grow and care for agaves in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Aloe Vera Outdoors

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Aloe vera is an easy-to-grow succulent plant that thrives outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. It makes an ideal addition to a xeriscape, foundation planting, or window box. If you’re ready to add spiky interest to your garden, learn how to plant and grow aloe out in the garden in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Aloe Vera

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Have you ever wanted to grow your own aloe vera? This versatile succulent is easy to grow on a sunny windowsill in your home. With your own aloe vera plant you’ll always have first aid on hand for minor burns and bug bites. Learn everything you need to know to grow and care for aloe vera indoors in this guide.

What To Do About Woody Stems on Your Christmas Cactus

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Tropical Christmas cactus is a relatively easy houseplant to grow. Native to the rainforests of South America, it thrives with indirect sunlight in organically-rich, well-draining potting medium. The fleshy stems are green and segmented, but sometimes they turn brown and become woody. Read on to learn what this means.

Why Is My Christmas Cactus Turning Yellow?

Tropical Christmas cactus is a rainforest epiphyte with beautiful blooms that has become a popular houseplant. It thrives in indirect sunlight, and organically-rich, well-draining potting medium. It has green segmented stems that sometimes turn yellow. Read on to find out why this happens and what you can do about it.

How to Grow Christmas Carol Aloe: Anti-Sting and Makes You Sing!

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Christmas Carol aloe has green leaves with red accents and is shaped like a star. This easygoing succulent is also suitable for growing outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Use the leaves to soothe minor burns, or let it shine as part of your festive holiday decor. Learn how to care for Christmas Carol aloe now.

How to Identify and Control 7 Common Christmas Cactus Pests

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Christmas cactus is a popular gift at holiday time that makes an attractive and long-lived houseplant. By manipulating its growing conditions, you can enjoy an abundance of blooms every year. Generally low-maintenance, sometimes a plant is troubled by pests. Read on to learn which ones they are and how to manage them.

Is Christmas Cactus Toxic to Cats?

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In certain circumstances, cats and houseplants can be a lethal combination. But what about Christmas cactus? This popular, easy-care houseplant provides a cascade of color in the holiday season, but is it safe for households with pets? Learn about whether Christmas cactus is safe for cats in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Christmas Cactus Turning Purple?

Christmas cactus is a relatively trouble-free, easy-care houseplant that puts on a show of abundant tropical blooms during the holiday season. Sometimes you may notice that the segmented stems are no longer green, but purplish-red. Read on to discover what may cause this to happen, and what you can do to prevent it.

What Is the Best Potting Mix for Christmas Cactus?

If you grow Christmas cactus, the time may come when it needs repotting, and that means you’ll need an appropriate potting mix. There are many products available for cacti, but the ingredients vary. Learn what essential elements are required for healthy growth, and how to make your own perfect potting mix. Read more now.

Why Do I See Hair-Like Roots on My Christmas Cactus?

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If you’re an indoor gardener, there’s a good chance that you have a Christmas cactus that bursts into a profusion of blooms every year. In caring for it, have you ever noticed hair-like growths sprouting from between the stem segments? These are aerial roots. Read on to learn what they can tell us about plant health.

How to Make Your Christmas Cactus Bloom

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The Christmas cactus is a rainforest plant that’s easy to grow at home in indirect sunlight and well-draining potting medium. Did you know that you can encourage it to bloom every holiday season with a few simple steps to mimic the natural dormancy process? Read on for instructions, and get set for a profusion of flowers.

How to Grow and Care for Christmas Cactus

With its bright and colorful blossoms, Christmas cactus is a gorgeous houseplant to have around during the holidays. To make sure this succulent plant produces vivid flowers to brighten your holidays year after year, it will need the right conditions. Learn more about growing and caring for Christmas cactus.

How to Grow and Care for Snake Plants

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Snake plants are a guaranteed winner for anybody, anywhere. Practically impossible to kill, sansevieria is a great addition to any home. Read about these hardy plants perfect for whatever shade of your green your thumb is here in our snake plant growing guide.

Propagating Succulents in 5 Easy Steps

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Are you looking for an affordable way to xeriscape with succulent plants? Create an enchanting low-maintenance array of colors, shapes, and textures by purchasing one of each of your favorites, and propagating the rest yourself. Learn how with easy instructions from your friends at Gardener’s Path.

11 Easy-Care Exotic Succulents to Grow at Home

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Succulent plants are not just for desert landscapes. Cluster them in bright containers to energize a patio, or among river rock for a serene garden bed. Set pots around the house for eye-catching color, shape, and texture. Easy and fun, they add style to any decor. Meet eleven beauties, here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Succulents

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Want to become a succulent gardening pro? We share our top tips for planting, watering, fertilizer needs, dealing with winter weather or warm spells, pests and diseases, and more. Whether you’re planting outdoors in Zone 11 or growing a few potted plants in a sunny windowsill, read our guide now on Gardener’s Path.