Success With Succulents

Discover succulents with Debra Lee Baldwin, bestselling author of
Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens and Succulents Simplified

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My site has 100+ ad-free pages on every aspect of succulents. Need a plant ID? Go to TYPES OF SUCCULENTS. Worried? Go to PESTS AND PROBLEMS. Want to grow succulents perfectly? Go to SUCCULENT CARE BASICS. Need garden maintenance? See REFERRALS. Also use the MENU or SEARCH BAR above. Overwhelmed? Browse until you're better, or CONTACT me.

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Then you'll love my YouTube Channel. With over 7,500,000 views, it provides entertaining, expert info on succulent design, cultivation, plants, tips, tours, and much more.

SUCCULENT CALENDARS: I'm proud to announce two for 2023: Succulent Gardens and Succulents with Spirals: Celebrating the Fibonacci Sequence

succulents in the ground

HOW-TO'S, TIPS & IDEAS

SUCCULENT DESIGN

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

succulent being watered

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

SUCCULENT CARE

Get expert advice on growing, caring for and propagating succulents. Find out how to water, fertilize, control pests and diseases, overwinter succulents, grow them indoors, and by season and region. Under Varieties, view hundreds of labeled photos of easy-care kinds. 

succulents in pots on a windowsill

LOCAL & NATIONAL

SUCCULENT RESOURCES

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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Debra's 7 best succulents

In this free PDF exclusively for subscribers to my "Celebrating the Joy of Succulents" newsletter, you'll learn the 7 best easy-care succulents that thrive in pots and landscapes. Whether you're new to growing succulents or an experienced succulent "parent", you'll love these 7 beautiful plants.

Succulent Updates and Articles

Debra Lee Baldwin

Nov 28 2022

My 70-Succulent Deck Collection

See how I display treasured succulents in pots that contain and frame them. Discover how to pick pots for your own collection, group them on your deck or patio, utilize sight lines and focal points, and delight your guests.
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Nov 12 2022

Succulent Christmas Tree Holiday Centerpiece

[With Video] Make a succulent Christmas tree for your holiday tabletop centerpiece. This topiary cone with cuttings inserted into the moss needs less care than a floral arrangement and lasts much longer.
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Frozen agave (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Nov 7 2022

Protect Your Succulents From Rain, Hail, Frost

Prolonged damp and cold are death to succulents. Rot begins in the soil and goes up the trunk. Tissues soften, turn dark, and leaves fall off.
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Stapelia grandiflora w cat (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Nov 4 2022

Success with Stapeliads (Carrion Flowers)

Star-shaped blooms of stapeliads, from South Africa and Arabia, use color, texture, and scent to resemble decomposing meat, in order to attract pollinating flies.
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Succulents and light

Nov 2 2022

How Much Light Do Succulents Need?

How much light do your succulents need? It depends on the type of plant and where you live. Most haworthias and gasterias prefer shade but can handle some sun along the coast. Many but not all cacti are fine in full desert sun. As a general rule, the majority of soft-leaved succulents want half a day's sun (in mild climates) and dappled or "bright" shade.
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Graptopetalum paraguayense (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 20 2022

Graptopetalums: Lovely, Easy Succulents

Of all the succulents I grow, lovely Graptopetalum paraguayense is among the easiest. Here's how I plant, cultivate, propagate, keep healthy, and show graptopetalums to advantage. Plus intergeneric hybrids such as Graptoveria and Graptosedum. 
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Succulent poolside garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 18 2022

Two New Succulent Calendars

I have two new succulent calendars this year! One is "Succulent Gardens;" the other, “Succulents with Spirals: Celebrating the Fibonacci Sequence.” I think you'll agree the images are mesmerizing. View them below and at my Zazzle store, where you can order calendars and other succulent-themed gifts.
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Euphorbia inermis Fibonacci spiral (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 6 2022

Succulents with Fibonacci Spirals

Many cacti and succulents form geometric spirals similar to those of sunflowers, pine cones and nautilus shells. Spiral leaf arrangements funnel rainwater to roots and keep leaves from shading each other.
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Ratty succulent garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 15 2022

How to Refresh a Succulent Garden

Hi Debra, I’m in charge of getting my kids' school succulent garden back to its beautiful self. The aeoniums are super leggy and the fire torches look terrible. When and what should we cut, replant or add? -- Tiffany in San Marcos
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Barrel cactus fell over (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 4 2022

25 Succulent Mistakes and Solutions

My what-not-to-do's are simple to avoid, but not necessarily easy to remedy. A smart succulent owner learns what can be expensive to fix, might cause prized plants to look dreadful, and could even kill them.
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Hannah Eubanks succulent reef garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 30 2022

Hannah’s Stunning Succulent Reef

Hannah Eubanks, 24, shows us a stunning succulent reef garden she created for a client in Vista, CA. The youngest of three daughters of celebrity landscaper Laura Eubanks, Hannah expedited the project start-to-finish. "My mom was totally hand's-off," she says proudly.
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Succulent planter and spa (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Aug 17 2022

See a City Hacienda Succulent Garden

Bright colors inspired by Mexican tile and Talavera pottery enhance an urban succulent oasis with a hacienda theme. See how owners have utilized minimal space, created inviting and practical living areas, muffled neighborhood noise, and maximized their privacy.
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