Water retaining plants adapted to arid climates and/or soil.

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How can I determine if cactus seedlings are dead?

I planted some notocactus seeds sometime in September and many have germinated since then. A few weeks ago, there was an incident where some of my succulents may have experienced frost and I can't be ...
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Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby?

I was browsing among the succulents section of this department store, and I found this offspring plant fallen apart on the floor! I took it to plant it since it was going to die there. The plants in ...
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Why is my Adenium obesum wilting?

This desert rose, Adenium obesum, was put on a window sill on top of a radiator, and did well for approximately 10 days. Then I left for the Holydays. I left the plant with extra water and no ...
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What is causing this sedum's leaves to curl and etiolate?

A few months ago I took a sedum from a soil plot where they were being used as a ground cover. I think it was Sedum ewersii, Sedum sieboldii, Sedum cauticola or a species very closely related. I ...
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How to treat a Jade plant with yellow leaves and holes in its leaves?

My succulent has developed some weird disease, first it only looked as if something was eating it but then the leaves started turning pale and yellow.. I never fertilize it and I irrigate it once a ...
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What is this succulent with spined leaves with a triangular cross-section?

A few weeks ago I got this plant from someone: Sadly it looks like it is dying. What kind of plant is this? I have been watering it twice a week, keeping the soil moist. What did I do wrong and how ...
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How should I cut an Aloe vera plant for extracting juice?

I am about to buy an Aloe vera plant for extracting its juice. I have heard that a leaf needs to be cut so that juice can be extracted from it. My questions are: How should I cut the leaf without ...
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Is this sunburn or something else?

I've put my cacti for wintering into an unheated attic, by a window where the sun falls after 2 P.M and till dusk. Since it's negative temperature outside (so it's already winter in a sense) I didn't ...
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How do I save this jade plant?

I have a jade plant that rotted out from the root. It has two healthy trunks and I'm wondering if it's possible to save them. At the moment I have them freshly cut and sitting in water that I don't ...
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Identification of many succulents

Over the years, I bought/was given a few succulents and cacti, which I basically let grow by themselves because they had a great position in the Sun (a Southern-facing window without blinds, in ...
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What kind of plant do I have? [duplicate]

I bought this plant a while ago and I'm having trouble identifying it. I thought it was a hen and chicks when I got it, but it seems to be growing out of control. It doesn't need much water at all ...
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How to save this blue cactus?

I am unaware of what type it is, I bought it at Wal*Mart, so I was rather suspicious that it had been improperly stored, but I don't know. The base seems very rotted, which I think means that I need ...
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What is causing the collapsing branches on my Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii)?

I have a young Aloe barberae (a type of giant tree aloe), about 3 meters tall, which has been in my front yard for three years. I'm in Los Angeles, which has a climate similar to the weather in the ...
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What kind of succulent is this?

I found this while looking for some climbing succulents. I desperately want to know what kind of succulent it is.
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Why does this succulent/echeveria have brown leaves?

I believe this is an echeveria. I got it maybe 6 months ago and transplanted it to this pot. It has regular potting soil and one thing to note about the container is that it doesn't have a drainage ...
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Why are these succulent leaves withering instead of rooting?

I collected some leaves and put them on to sprout. Instead the leaves withered. I'd like know what happened and how I can avoid it.
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Does having pebbles around the base of my Jade plant cause problems?

For looks, I have the soil around my Jade plant covered with small rounded pebbles for a different textured look. Does this actually cause water or moisture retention? Should I simply have the soil ...
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Repotting a cactus after flowering but before fruits

It is generally advised against repotting a cactus while it has buds or flowers on it. My Mammillaria prolifera has just finished flowering and it really needs repotting. But since it's a self-fertile ...
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What is a good watering schedule for an Argyroderma?

I have a small Argyroderma I picked up from the local plant store, but I'm not sure when and how much to water it. It is potted in a tiny (roughly 2" cube) pot that appears to be filled with a sandy, ...
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Cactus ID: Globular, multiple straight prominent ribs, spiny, somewhat wooly, fibrous root

I need help identifying one of my old neglected-so-far cacti. Unfortunately and somewhat deservedly, it has not flowered for me yet. It is the size of an apple (since I have treated it horribly, or ...
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What is the legality of growing San Pedro cacti in Florida? [closed]

Clusters of columnar cacti like the San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) are very appealing to me. I want to grow it all around my house. I am aware however that this is considered to be a hallucinogenic ...
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Adenium Boehmianum branches

Is there a trick to get my Adenium Boehmianum to sprout new branches? It has never grown any more branches than when I bought it more than 5 years ago. I just repotted it in proper soil with lots of ...
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How do I make my aloe plant beautiful again?

I have a large, beautiful aloe plant that has taken different types of abuse and the bottom, largest leaves are damaged in different ways. The top and new growth are beautiful. Is it possible to cut ...
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Cactus Identification: miniature branching species with reddish areolas

This is an approximately 10-year-old specimen of mine. I had a wild guess that it was a Frailea, but having looked at all the recognized species of the genus, I didn't find any that looks like it. ...
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What is this flower with five mottled green petals that are fused together?

Does anybody know what this is? My colleague photographed it. It seems to be some kind of orchid. The owner said it was an "umbrella plant." The flower is in a pot, 30 cm high, flowers about 3 x 2 ...
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How do I safely eradicate mold without hurting cactus seedlings?

Here are some of my seedlings, sown a little bit less than a month ago. As you can see, there's mold starting to form. I am using the baggie method whereby the pot with the seeds is enclosed in a ...
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Identify this succulent/echevaria?

Can anyone precisely identify this plant? The pot just says "Echeveria." As you can see there are cat-tooth marks on the plant, but I had left it out because I thought echeveria to be non-toxic to ...
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How should I care for this Succulent?

I bought this plant over two weeks ago. What is its name? How should I take care of it?
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What columnar cactus species I should select as a rootstock for a Rhipsalis standard?

I want to make a standard(1) with scions from a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or mistletoe cactus. I need a rootstock that: Is columnar Is unbranched Has good longevity (at least 20 years) Can adapt to high ...
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How should I prune a top heavy Jade plant?

I have had a Jade plant over 15 years. It thrives most of the time, however this morning I found it toppled over from being so full at the top of the plant. I have never pruned it and am very afraid ...
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What is this cactus with flat pads and spines growing in small patches?

I was given a cutting of a friend's cactus. It is growing in his front yard but he does not know much about it. His cacti are green and segmented some with red bulbs on top. I believe the red bulbs ...
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How should I prune a cleistocactus that got too tall?

When I have a slender, columnar cactus like a Cleistocactus (pictured below), and it gets too tall, How can I prune it, to get it back to a manageable height?
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Will prickly pear thrive under the eaves on the west side of my house?

The front of my house faces due west, with about a 2' overhang underneath the eaves. There is a 12' section between the northwest corner and the walkway leading to my door that has proven very ...
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What are the white bugs on my Aeonium and how do I get rid of them?

Some of my Aeonium plants have had this bug issue for month now, so here's how the plant and the bug looks like: I have a 35mm macro lens, and I shot 1 bug (and killed it) So this bug is white ...
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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Can I root prickly pear pads that I buy (presumably for food) in the grocery store? It seems like it would be a great way to get some thornless prickly pear cacti growing. If I were to do it, I would ...
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Is there a temperate climate perennial succulent adapted to wet root conditions?

Is there a succulent plant that can grow in wet/swampy conditions? I've never seen it, but I think it would be an interesting change from the usual sedgy/grassy looking swamp plants that grow around ...
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Cactus and Succulent in the same pot

I am looking to plant several cacti and succulents together in a single pot. Several of the plants will include a grafted "moon" cactus and a succulent "Eceveria Mazarine" there may be one or two ...
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How should I treat a badly aphid infested shedding Hoya?

I have just been given a very badly aphid infested Hoya lanceolata ssp. bella plant. I was also given another wax plant too, though I am not sure of its name; could it be a Hoya australis. It looks ...
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What's the best thing to do for a neglected agave?

Plant: Agave victoriae-reginae Background: This plant has had a hard life. I bought it at a local greenhouse in '11, and kept it properly all year, on a stump on the hill, with other plants in a ...
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Why did my Agave plants stop growing shortly after sprouting?

I planted some agave seeds about two months ago, which sprouted into 4 or 5 little 0.5 to 1 inch sprouts within a couple of weeks. However, they haven't grown at all since then. I water them about 1/3 ...
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What cacti can grow without cold protection in USDA zone 6b in Pennsylvania?

I'm in USDA hardiness zone 6b. I'm growing eastern prickly pears as outdoor perennials, and would like to grow some other cacti as well. From what I gather, cold hardiness has a lot to do with soil ...
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Why does my repotted cactus seem to be dying?

I bought a cactus from my local big chain DIY store a few years back. It was in a tiny pot and all was well. It's really grown over the years so I decided to re-pot it. I used your everyday compost ...
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What is this possibly succulent plant and how do I look after it?

I have just come into possession of this plant/tree and I'm hoping to find out three things: What it is How to look after it If I can train it I don't know much about it except that it is over 15 ...
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How does one harvest aloe vera leaves?

I grow a few large Aloe vera plants which I'm interested in harvesting regularly during the summer months. What percentage of the foliage should be removed at each harvest for highest production? ...
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What is the proper soil type for Aloe?

I have a couple aloe plants that don't seem to be really growing much. I'm pretty sure it's because I never bothered to look up what soil they really need and have just been keeping them in potting ...
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What is this tiny plant with multiple leaves and small white tubercles scattered over its leaves?

Could you please help me with identifying the following plant? It's a tiny one, smaller than a forefinger. It has multiple dark green leaves, with small white tubercles scattered over each leaf. The ...
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What is this carefree succulent flowering potted plant?

Anyone know what plant this is? It was planted in a large pot a long time ago by a friend. The dirt in the pot has not been changed for years! It blooms around the summer time and stays till mid ...
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What is this succulent plant bought from a botanical garden?

Does anybody know what this plant is? When we bought it, it was very small, brown and closed up. With decent watering and light it's grown into what you can see here: several low-lying rosettes of ...
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Are these cobwebs harmful?

I have a new succulent that I'm taking care of, but over the past couple of weeks it has been picking up some fluff that looks a bit like mould but that I believe is cobwebs of tiny spiders. I've read ...
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How to save my 1-meter-high Aloe Vera plant which broke off at the stem? [duplicate]

My aloe plant broke at the stem, all leaves and about 1 inch of stem remain. Can I re-plant the broken section and will it grow again from the broken stem?