Echeverias, the Loveliest of Succulents

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Is any plant lovelier than a ruffled echeveria, especially one in hues of magenta, lavender, bronze or gold? These rosette succulents are soaring in popularity, and new cultivars are being introduced all the time…like this amazing indigo variety from Wright Nurseries: Look for echeverias throughout my books, in many of my videos, and enjoy photos of[...]

Succulents as Firebreak

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Dr. Camille Newton of Bonsall, CA, texted me immediately after the Lilac Fire to say that eight homes on her street had been destroyed, yet hers was unharmed. “Succulents saved the day,” she said.  Such reports aren’t unprecedented. Suzy Schaefer’s succulent garden in Rancho Santa Fe “saved our home,” she told me (and national media) after the Witch[...]

Succulent Topiary Holiday Tree

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A succulent topiary tree holiday centerpiece needs less care than a floral arrangement and lasts much longer—several months or more. Its requirements are similar to those of a succulent wreath: bright but not intense light (rotate occasionally for even exposure), weekly watering (from the top, to evenly moisten the moss), and pinching back if cuttings[...]

Succulent Cornucopia

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 The wicker cornucopia was $4.99 at a thrift store. So I grabbed it. At the supermarket, I sorted through gourds for “the best bottoms,” and got a bag of in-shell nuts. At the nursery, I went up and down the aisles muttering, “Succulents that look like fruit.” I grabbed sedums in fall colors and an aloe shaped like the basket.[...]

Four Ways to Overwinter Succulents

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Where you live makes a big difference when it comes to the well-being of your succulents in winter. Most varieties go dormant in winter and are frost-tender, meaning they can’t handle temps below 32 degrees F. These common winter conditions can lead to damage or death for dormant (not actively growing) succulents: — soggy soil[...]