Success With Succulents

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


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.


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

succulents in the ground



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



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



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

Echeveria garden in pots (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Dec 28 2020

Refresh Your Echeveria Garden

Eighteen months after I planted it, my multipot echeveria garden was looking ratty. Over time, as new leaves formed from the centers of echeverias, lower leaves dried and clung to ever-lengthening stems. Bloom spikes I'd left intact for hummingbirds were several feet long and untidy. Watch me rejuvenate it in my new video: Refresh Your Echeveria Garden (6:31).
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Echeveria being sprayed (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Dec 9 2020

How to Deal with Mealy Bugs on Succulents

If you grow succulents, sooner or later you'll deal with mealy bugs. For newbies, mealies often come as a surprise. Suddenly the plants are dotted and webbed with what looks like lint. Veterans are more vigilant. We check for
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Add soil to fill gaps (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Nov 30 2020

Make a Mounded Succulent Arrangement

Many eye-catching succulent arrangements are mounded, meaning plants are massed atop the container. Mounded arrangements look established right away and are quick and easy to assemble.
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Nov 24 2020

Brody’s Lovely, Low-Cost Succulent Garden

Celebrating the Joy of Succulents subscriber Brody Scotland says her home and its lovely, low-cost succulent garden are a result of "artists and weirdos"---herself and husband Ben---who love bright colors.
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Joyce Chen scissors

Nov 16 2020

Succulent Lovers’ Favorite Tools

Do you own the favorite tools of your fellow succulent lovers? Consider: We differ from other gardeners in that our prized plants can turn on us. Cacti, agaves, euphorbias and even aloes can act like dogs who resent having their nails trimmed. (I don't know about yours, but my Chihuahua is a two-person job.)
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Art pot collection (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 29 2020

How to Group Potted Succulents

Soon you're tucking containers wherever you can. Nurturing plant parents tend to be more concerned about where succulents will thrive than where they'll look good. But it IS possible to achieve both. Here and in the video, I offer three concepts that will help.
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Succulents 2021 Watercolor Calendar

Oct 19 2020

Two 2021 Calendars: Cactus AND Succulents

I've created two 2021 calendars! Each offers a year's worth of wall art. Here you'll find a bit of backstory, plus my calendar images and plant IDs. Enjoy!
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Debra taking video (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 13 2020

My Channel Passed 6,000,000+ Views! But…

Exciting news: My YouTube Channel has soared past 6,000,000 views! It's free and all about enhancing your enjoyment and knowledge of succulents. I hope you'll help me make it even more useful to you (read on).
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Pseudolithos migiurtinus (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Oct 4 2020

Bizarre Succulents

To me, a bizarre succulent is one that suggests something it's not in an eerie way---i.e. a cancerous growth, reptile or body part. When I take a second look and ponder what on earth it is, I experience a deliciously unsettling ah-ha (or bwa-ha-ha) moment.
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Ants on a gasteria (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 26 2020

Your Autumn Succulent Checklist

This autumn succulent checklist will help you keep your prized plants snug and healthy during the fall and winter months.
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Dragon fruit edible succulent (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 21 2020

Ten Edible Succulents and How to Prepare Them

These ten edible succulents can go from garden to kitchen. Most are fairly easy to obtain, cultivate and prepare. The mucilaginous (goopy) texture of certain edible succulents makes them---to spin it positively---great in soups and stews. Vitamin C is
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Dormant aeonium (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sep 11 2020

Post-Summer Succulent Concerns

After a brutal, early-September heat wave, I address ten common, post-summer succulent concerns. You'll see them in my a new six-minute video: Post-Summer Care for Succulents (6:49). It's a candid, warts-and-all, behind-the-scenes, damage-control tour.
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