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How to Manage Aloe Mite

Aloe mite (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

They seem everywhere this spring: mite-damaged aloes ranging from dwarf cultivars to tree ‘Hercules’. The microscopic pests (Eriophyes aloines) are not insects but spider relatives. They cause deformed flowers, a bubbly fringe on leaf edges, and orange-and-green growths where leaves meet stems. Google “aloe mite treatment,” “aloe mite prevention,” “aloe gall” or “aloe cancer” and you’ll discover that distinguished experts, landscape designers, succulent societies…

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Behind the Scenes with “Designing With Succulents”

  Brian Kemble and Debra Lee Baldwin, Photo by Kyle Short I’m about to give you a behind-the-scenes look at my book, Designing with Succulents (2nd ed.) by sharing Brian Kemble’s comments on its manuscript, prior to publication. He was of one of the proofreaders who went over my plant descriptions. This is a long post,…

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How to Create a Cactus Curio Box

Cacti are succulents with simple shapes, and none illustrate the plants’ elegantly elemental geometry as well as spherical varieties. To showcase the beauty of these often-ignored succulents, I went with an open wood box with a dozen partitions, each just right for cacti in 2.5-inch pots. My goal was to elevate textural, glowing orbs to the status of jewelry or artwork.

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Cactus Cupcakes, Materials and Links

Cactus cupcakes video

The materials and resources listed below go with my Cactus Cupcakes video on YouTube. The cacti are Echinopsis ssp. ‘Domino Cactus’ from Altman Plants, size 2.5, $5 each. Have fun! — Debra Singer Pearlized Head Straight Pins, 150-Count Steel pins 1-1/4-inch long, $5.11 DC America WTC108 Wrought Iron Table Torchiere with Glass Cups 11×7 x 7.8 inches, $28.13 The candle holder in…

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Sixty Succulent Coloring Book Photos to Inspire You

Use these 60 succulent coloring book photos to inspire your own works of art. Why do artists love succulents? The plants’ shapes, colors and geometry make them living art forms. One of my hobbies is painting watercolors, and I use my photos of succulents as a starting point. Find out how I do it—it’s easier than…

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