Success With 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

Autumn succulent arrangement

Ten Autumn Succulent Must-Do’s

You're aware of autumn in sun and shadows, shorter days and drier air, and so is your garden. Smart plant parents are attuned to wind, rain and frost. And they're vigilant. Succulents recovering from summer heat and sun are especially vulnerable to pests. These ...
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Snail on cactus

Prepare Your Succulents for Rainstorms

During rainy weather, succulents, which come from arid climates, may rot. Stems or trunks turn squishy and collapse. See my YouTube video: The Squish Test for Succulents (3:36) If there's healthy top growth, take cuttings well above the rot and ...
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Senecio herrianus (String of tears)

Avoid Mail-Order Succulent Misery

If you've tried to ship succulents or ordered them from afar, you've likely experienced the miseries of spilled soil, damaged leaves, and poorly padded spines. I know whereof I speak. I've received shipments in a sorry state, and I've also mailed gift ...
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Aloe rosette closed up

Tina’s Tips & 16 Things Your Succulents Want You to Know

According to Cactus & Succulent Society vendor and expert grower Tina Zucker, you don't need to be a scientist to be successful with succulents.  "It's all about observation," she says, "and anyone can do that." Tina calls it "gardening from ...
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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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