Success With Succulents

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

Welcome!

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 7,000,000 views, it provides entertaining, expert info on succulent design, cultivation, plants, tips, tours, and much more.

SAVE THE DATE

On Sept. 12, 2022 I'm speaking at the San Diego Horticultural Society. Public welcome! Details to come. 

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

Collectors' Succulent Garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 27 2022

See a Succulent Collectors’ Garden Renovation

The layout is still good, but a lot of plant material needed to be removed to reveal or to salvage large, mature specimens worth showcasing.
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Frost damaged aeonium (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 24 2022

Oh, No, My Succulents Froze!

Oh, no, my succulents froze! Not good: This morning the birdbath was solid ice and lemons had frozen on the tree. Even those succulents I'd covered have patchy areas indicating damaged tissue. Those not covered (above)
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Spring succulent garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 16 2022

Your Spring Succulent Checklist

Do these now to avoid problems and maintain plant health. Links below take you to detailed information here on my site. And hey! Do visit my *Succulent Propagation Page---it's newly updated with basic-but-essential info. 
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Oriole feeding fledgling (Hooded)

Feb 16 2022

See Baby Birds (Fledglings) at Feeders

Fledglings are toddlers of the bird world: cute, endearing and fun to watch. They're awkward, curious, beg loudly, and don't let their parents out of their sight. You’ll see nine different types of western birds shortly after they've left the nest. Look for these flying jewels in your own backyard. I show parents and offspring at unconventional feeders
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Carolyn Schaer garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Feb 5 2022

Carolyn’s Dragon Tree Garden, Before-and-After

See a colorful, professionally done garden of low-water, regionally appropriate succulents, some unusual, many large, and all thriving today, seven years after installation. Includes designer tips, specs and gallery of 40+ plants.
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Succulent garden (c) Jim Bishop

Jan 20 2022

Colorful Winter Succulents

How many of these colorful winter succulents can you ID? These and others are great for adding color and interest to dry-climate gardens. This is how aloes and more look midwinter
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Kalanchoe x houghtonii (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 11 2022

Discover 40 Kinds of Kalanchoe

I'm pleased to announce my new 15-minute YouTube video: "Kalanchoe Species and Cultivars: 40 varieties for your garden and pots." In order to make sense of this highly diverse genus, I divided it into six categories: fuzzy, floriferous, mother of thousands (bryophyllums), paddles, tropicals and rarities.
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Horticulturist's compost pile (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Jan 3 2022

My Easy, Inexpensive In-Ground Compost Method

No bins needed! My inexpensive, in-ground compost pile is efficient, rewarding and more fun (and easier) than recycling dripping bags of garbage. The new CA law that requires recycling of kitchen scraps makes sense, but is messy and inconvenient. Here's all you need for a method that's worked for me for decades.
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Agave americana pina (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Dec 29 2021

Want to Make Tequila or Mezcal from Your Agaves?

As with most vegetables, roasting an agave's heart enhances flavor and sweetness. Cottage distilleries in Mexico roast piñas in pits dug into the ground, sort of like a luau.
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Mini pine tree succulent Crassula tetragona (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Dec 1 2021

Grow Versatile “Mini Pine Tree” Crassula

Mini pine tree crassula, related to jade, is a carefree succulent I've grown for 20+ years. The botanical name, Crassula tetragona, refers to the three-sided shape of the leaves.
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Succulents in Willy Guhl pot (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Nov 11 2021

Create a $2,500 Succulent Planter for $250

When I saw succulents planted in grid patterns in shallow, circular pots, I simply had to show them to you. Here and in my video, you'll see and discover how to make similar planters for your own garden.
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Watering succulents (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Nov 2 2021

Water pH for Succulents

Giving succulents water with an alkaline pH can inhibit the plants' ability to take up nutrients, leading to less vigorous growth and yellowing. Urban and residential water tends to be alkaline (has a pH higher than 7, which is neutral). 
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