Entries by Debra

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How to Propagate Succulents

Ever wondered how to propagate a certain succulent? For example, lithops (living stones)…is it possible to take cuttings from those thick, molar-shaped leaves? How about ruffled echeverias…can a solitary rosette be made to offset? And stacked crassulas…what do you do when stems are tightly lined with leaves?  Most succulents can be propagated vegetatively—via stem cuttings, pulling apart offsets, or rooting leaves. To the novice, of […]

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Seen at Succulent Extravaganza ’17

The 7th annual Succulent Extravaganza (Fri-Sat, Sept. 29-30) at Succulent Gardens Nursery in Castroville, CA drew about 1,000 visitors a day. Not bad for a relatively small wholesale/retail nursery out in the boonies 100 miles south of San Francisco. There’s an energy there, some might say a vortex, that whirls visitors into a state of […]

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Ten Reasons Why You Really Need Rock

My new YouTube video Remember when crushed-rock front yards were a ’60s retirement-community cliche? Not any longer! Nowadays smart designers cover bare soil with rocks to create gardens that are as sophisticated and good-looking as they are practical. “Before” photo of driveway planting   Driveway garden, “after” (newly installed) In my latest video, Van Liew Garden Redo, San Diego landscape designer Steve […]

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Is Cactus the New Black?

Dish garden by Matthew Maggio Long a pariah plant, cactus is becoming cool. The first edition of my book, Designing with Succulents (Timber Press, 2007) showed few cacti—mainly golden barrels. A decade later, the completely revised second edition devotes 15 pages to numerous varieties of spiny succulents in gardens large and small. Golden barrels backlit […]

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Watch How You Water!

OK, we all know that succulents are low-water plants. But they’re not “no-water” plants. Although they may survive without irrigation during the heat of summer, they’re unlikely to be lush and healthy. I suggest that you ~ — Check your automatic irrigation system. Trust me, it needs it, and maintaining it can mean life or death to prized […]

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Summer Care for Your Succulents

Don’t let midsummer heat, sun and dryness damage your succulents!  If you live in an arid climate and grow succulents in the open garden (as I do), I recommend you ~ — Watch and enjoy my latest video: Succulents, Sun and Summer. On an 89-degree day I give a tour of my garden, noting what’s in bloom, lookin’ good (or […]