How to Grow and Use Succulents

Accurate, expert information for lovers of succulent plants

As the proud author of three bestselling books about succulents, I provide timely, information-packed tips on showcasing succulent plants in gardens, pots and projects. Use the SEARCH bar or simply browse! ~ Debra Lee Baldwin 

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Discover how to plan and design lovely, carefree succulent gardens in containers or in the landscape. Also in the menu under Design you'll find firewise landscaping info, DIY gifts and projects and holiday decorating ideas - all showcasing succulents.

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In the Succulent Info menu I answer your Qs about growing, caring for and propagating succulents. Under Varieties, see hundreds of labeled photos of those I recommend. Also learn how to water, fertilize, control pests and diseases, overwinter succulents, and grow them indoors and by season and region

succulents in pots on a windowsill



Wondering where to find and purchase top-quality succulents? Which tools, books and supplies you need? It's all here under Resources, along with nurseries, public gardens and destinations in America's finest succulent city (San Diego) and beyond.

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Succulent Updates From the Blog

Echeveria flowers video

Should You Cut Echeveria Flowers?

Here and in my new video, "Should You Cut Echeveria Flowers?" I explain why you should snip echeveria bloom stalks, and how you and your plants both benefit. You may not think of succulents as a source of cut flowers for ...
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How Succulent Designer Laura Eubanks Does It

Succulent designer Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity (DFS) is no stranger to crises. The challenges she's had to overcome---including a horrific childhood---have given her wisdom, compassion and a keen desire to mentor and inspire, as you'll read in my new ...
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Saguaro cactus at maturity

What You Should Know about Saguaro Cactus

Are you intrigued by saguaro cactus---those desert icons depicted on everything from bath mats to baby rompers? If you're wondering if you might be able to own one, here's what you should know. Saguaro National Park poster (Amazon photo) Online ...
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Best succulent site

The Best Succulent Site EVER

I'm so proud and pleased! I don't think there's anything like my redone, best-ever succulent site anywhere on the Internet, a claim I don't make lightly. On the Home page, Agave guiengola appears to like being petted.  Photo: Pat Roach.  My newly revamped site ...
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Gymnocalyciums from Thailand

Hidden Gymnos: My Thai Succulent Mystery

Will you help me solve a mystery? I'm wondering why someone would hide valuable, collectible cacti (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii variegata) in a pastry box and ship them to me from overseas. Eight months ago In mid-December a package from Thailand arrived with no ...
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Mail order succulents

Where do YOU shop for succulents?

Where do YOU shop for succulents? See fellow succulent lovers' favorite sources---both mail-order and walk-in---below, and add yours in a comment too! Above: Waterwise Botanicals north of San Diego is a premier source of landscape succulents and hosts a two-day ...
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