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

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What kind of succulent is this and why are the leaves wilting and changing color?

What kind of cactus is this and what's wrong with him? I got him at the farmer's market and he didn't have a tab that says what conditions or how often you should water. I spray him with water once a ...
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Can anybody identify this smelly succulent?

It looks like it may be a type of Crassula. The leaves have a strong menthol/eucalyptus smell. The smell comes from oily hairs on the leaves similar to scented geraniums. The underside of the ...
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Are these seedlings Mazari palm or Agave neomexicana?

A couple of weeks ago I have planted seeds for both Nannorrhops ritchiana (Mazari palm) and Agave neomexicana. Unfortunately, I forgot to put proper labels on back then. I am now seeing two sprouts (...
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Why are there brown spots on my Haworthia?

My Haworthia started to have brown spots on its "leaves" after a month of owning it. It doesn't look too bad but I want to make sure it's not dying. My room only has a north facing window so that's ...
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What can cause a Gasteria leaf to suddenly shrivel and turn greyish brown?

I have three succulent plants that I believe are Gasteria. One leaf in one plant has suddenly shrivelled and turned pale greyish brown. Sorry, no matter how I try, the colour in the picture is not ...
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What are these white spots on my Purslane leaves?

I am growing Purslane as vegetables, however I noticed some white spots on the leaves. I used agriculture pesticides for aphids, whitefly and so on but nothing changed. Do you think these white dots ...
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What are the white patches on my succulent?

I recently bought this plant ( about 3 weeks before ) and replanted it in my container.I used the desert mix, I live in redwood city CA and it is placed outside and gets a lot of sun ( more than 8 hrs)...
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Jabily/elephant tree (Operculicarya decaryi) bonsai

I have an Operculicarya decaryi. I got it about half a foot long, and now it has grown quite a bit. It seems reasonably healthy and not in danger of dying, though I don't know much about these trees ...
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Question Repotting Sansevieria (Mother-In-Law's Tounge)

I was repotting some Sansevieria (Mother-In-Law's Tongue) for my mother. I'm not very familiar with the plant, though, and I'm not sure how deep to repot it. I repotted one bunch where the junction ...
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How often should I repot Lithops and Conophytum?

I have several different varieties of very small succulents (mainly Lithops and Conophytum) in small pots indoors. They have been in the same pots and soil for about 4 years. I'm not sure when it's ...
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Identify this Succulent?

I'm trying to identify this succulent I got from a friend. It spreads in two ways: - Sometimes a stalk will tip to the side, and then sprout roots downward to creep along. One of the photos below ...
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I recently acquired a ponytail palm, which is alive, though it wasn't taken care of well prior to my acquisition. One thing I noticed is that the pot was covered in rocks, that appear to be fused ...
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How should we treat cracks in the stem of Aloe Veras?

I received this damaged Aloe Vera about 5 days ago and I found help, here mainly, to determine the source of its problems. So everything was on track now, until I realized that it had soil in between ...
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What is this succulent with flat hairy leaves?

This succulent is about 1.5 feet tall. The leaves are flat with a white hairy type substance. What is it called?
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Do succulents need to be kept out of the pot for some time before re-potting?

Some people recommend to leave the plants, in particular the Aloe Vera, lying down out of the pot without soil in its roots for up to 3 days before re-potting. But I always come to find some people ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

I have read that for plants that have been just re-potted you have to wait some days. For the Aloe Vera in particular, I have seen some saying to wait for 2 days and others 2 weeks. I just repotted ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

My succulent has been growing sideways for a while. Today the planter tipped over because of the unbalanced weight. I moved the plant to give sunlight exposure from different angles but that didn't ...
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What's the fastest way to dry peat before re-potting an overwatered succulent?

I just got an Aloe Vera that was planted on peat, which can't drain the water well so it is making it suffer from overwatering (see my previous post with pics of it). Re-potting it with more ...
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What plant is this? A succulent of some sort

It can get very dense and plump but I can't seem to figure out what combo of light and water it needs to keep it that way. It gets baked by too much direct light and it has tendency to get really ...
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What is this succulent with dark green paired ovate leaves?

What is the name of the following plant?
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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I recently moved several small potted succulents from partial shade to full sun, which proved catastrophic for many of them. Specific genera among the casualties: Echeveria / Graptopetalum Faucaria ...
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What fertilizer should I use on agave and cactus?

I live in Canada and have several cacti and large agave plants. It's soon going to be time to bring them outside as the weather starts to warm up. They are potted in a mix of coconut fiber, sand, fast ...
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What is this potted plant with dark green leaves and clumps of red flowers? [duplicate]

A co-worker gave me this pretty plant, but she doesn't know what it is. Can someone help identify it? It's the one with the red flowers. Thanks!
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What is this houseplant with leaves that grow in a circular pattern?

Does anyone know what kind of plant this is? Note that it will most likely bloom, something I've never seen it do, and I've had it for many years!
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How can I make this succulent less splayed-out and lanky?

1) I think this is a Sansevieria suffruticosa, but I'm just guessing based on internet pictures. Does that seem right? It made these flowers once, and looks like this at the base. 2) It's ...
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What is this houseplant with narrow, pointed, waxy leaves?

I got this plant, but I have no idea of its name. Which plant is it?
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Succulent identification

I had a small succulent plant that sat indoors (in Austin, TX) and did absolutely nothing for years. Then in the spring of 2010 it produced this: A long tendril with delicate flowers. The ...
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Why are my aloe leaves turning white and brown?

I have had this plant of aloe for years, and it has always given me great satisfaction. Easy to take care of, I had separated it into different pots but now decided to keep it all together into a ...
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What is this white growth on my euphorbia stenoclada (spiky succulent)?

I picked up this plant from a plant shop in Phoenix. This white scaly stuff seems to be spreading. I had a second plant just like this that had much more growth on it and it eventually died. I'm ...
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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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What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

I have a dozen adenium plants and on a few of them these mysterious bugs appeared this morning. It's winter season here, the current temperature is ranging between 7°C to 20°C (45°F to 65°F). What ...
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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 ...