Spring succulent garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Your Spring Succulent and Garden Checklist

Use this Spring Succulent Checklist to help ensure your plants attain their full, glorious potential. Links below take you to detailed information elsewhere on my site.

Colorful ice plants (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

"Ice plant" is a general term for succulent ground covers that bloom brilliantly

  • Shop for flowering ice plants. They bloom gangbusters in spring, so now’s the time to select the colors you want.
  • Get rid of weeds, roots and all. They're easy to pull or hoe when small and the ground is soft. All too soon they’ll be looking you in the eye and going to seed.
  • Check succulents for rot. Remove mushy leaves before rot spreads to the plant's stem, trunk, or crown. If those parts are soft and discolored, discard the plant.

A palette of rock topdressings (gravel) for gardens (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Above: A supplier's palette of rock topdressings (gravel) for gardens and landscapes

  • Top-dress bare soil to enhance the look of planted areas, keep weeds at bay, reduce erosion, and hold in soil moisture.
  • If you've yet to do so, trim woody perennials (roses, mallow, salvias) by about half, and cut ornamental grasses to the ground.
  • Check your irrigation system and adjust as needed. Don't wait---as I've done, unfortunately---until July, when vulnerable plants have dried-and-died.

How to check an agave for snout weevil (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

I check an agave for snout weevil by seeing if it has lost its roots

  • Treat agaves for snout weevil. The pests also attack agave relatives, so drench yuccas, beaucarneas, mangaves and furcraeas too. View and learn more about them.
  • Fertilize your plants now as they enter their spring growth spurt, and before the soil goes dry. 
  • Obtain nursery plants. The goal is to get them established before summer heat hits.

Succulent cuttings, ready to be planted (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent cuttings, ready to be planted


Debra Lee Baldwin garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

See Debra’s Idea-Filled Garden

Welcome to my site’s “Debra’s Garden” page. This is where you’ll find photos of plants in my half-acre succulent garden, as shown in my recently released, 15-min. video:” See My Idea-Filled Succulent Spring Garden.” The video came about as a result of my garden looking amazingly beautiful after a rainy April here

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How to Propagate Succulents

How to Propagate Succulents Learn the many ways to make more succulents from existing plants Recognize growth-producing tissue Most succulents can be propagated vegetatively—via stem cuttings, pulling apart offsets, or rooting leaves. The key is to locate the growth tissue that grows roots. This meristematic tissue is at… bands on stems where leaves once were attached the base…

How to Fertilize Your Succulents

How to Fertilize Succulents FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Feeding succulents at the right time and with the right fertilizer will enhance the plants’ health and vigor. Here are answers to your FAQs. When should I feed my succulents? Expand The best times to fertilize your succulents are in spring when daytime temps stay above 60 degrees…

Lampranthus aurantiacus, Drosanthemum speciosum (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Ice Plant Uses, Photos and IDs

Ice Plant Uses, Photos, and Varieties What you need to know to successfully select and grow ice plants. Gallery of warm-climate varieties, all ID’d See All Succulent Types Aeonium Agaves Aloes Cactus Crassula Echeveria Euphorbias Ice Plants Kalanchoe Portulacaria Senecio See the Video About Ice plants Succulent ice plants have in common shimmering, daisylike flowers.…

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