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How to treat a succulent with holes in its leaves?

I have a succulent plant that got some disease and is covered with holes. The holes started to appear a month ago. At first they were green (like something was eating it), probably growing and then ...
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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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What's this bifurcating succulent found in a greenhouse in the Gobi Desert?

I was invited to a lunch yesterday in the countryside. It turned out to be lunch in a greenhouse full of cacti and succulents. There were some I didn't recognise, and the only tags they had on them ...
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How can I keep a jade plant (Crassula ovata) from growing, and keep it healthy?

I have a lovely jade plant (Crassula Ovata) growing in the bathroom, but it keeps outgrowing pots and needing to be repotted. I have tried moving it further from the sun and watering it less to try ...
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How long can aloe last without water?

I neglected an aloe plant for about a year without water but by the window. It was still alive! Quite curious about how hardy this plant is. How long can it really last without water?
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Chuck the plant - am I ill?

My name's Chuck, and I'm a plant. Bamboo tells me I'm a Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii, also known as "Mother in Law's Tongue" or "Snake Plant" (see other question here). I live indoor with my ...
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Can I cut the top off a drooping aloe plant?

I inherited this horrible aloe plant from an old roommate. It was living in a tall, skinny Tupperware in a dark corner of the kitchen, where it got knocked over and stepped on more than once. From ...
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What is the name of this red flower? And how do I care for it?

Does anyone have any idea what plant this is? I got it but it was missing its tag. I looked it up and thought it resembled a flower called Kalanchoe, but of course I cannot be certain at all. Can I ...
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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 aloe-like plant?

After searching a little, I think it is a hybrid aloe x gasteria, aka gasteraloe, maybe gasteraloe superba. Here are the pictures: One of its babies, if this helps: And its flowers: What species ...
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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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Can anyone identify this apparent succulent weed? It's popping up all over after our rains

This appears to be a weed, as hundreds have popped up all over a backyard at a client's home. Any idea of what it is? Found in San Diego, California, USA.
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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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Should I fertilize a cactus showing etiolation?

I purchased a cactus from IKEA. It appears to be Euphorbia Pentagona or Euphorbia Enopla. The date on its pot makes me think it was repotted on December 14 2016, 4 days before I purchased it. On the ...
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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 is my Dwarf Jade plant dropping more than dozens of leaves?

My Dwarf Jade plant has been dropping dozens of leaves (both good and bad leaves) every day for the past few days. It receives bright indirect light. What is the case? Is it overwatering or ...
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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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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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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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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 take them outside as the weather starts to warm up. They are potted in a mix of coir, sand, fast draining ...
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Are these succulent plants Sempervivum?

I have these succulents and I don't know their name. The big one on the left is Haworthia attenuata, but the small ones are a mystery to me. Usually their leaves are curved upwards, but now are ...
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Can any cacti be used as a scion on a non cactus succulent rootstock?

Anything in the cactus family can be grafted onto anything else in the cactus family, even jungle cacti to desert cacti. I've even grafted a Schlumbergera to a prickly pear. I would like to know, just ...
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What's this black spot on my gasteraloe?

I have another question about this plant. I noticed a large black area at the base, surrounded by little black spots. When touching this area it seems normal, it's just turned black. So my guess is ...
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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 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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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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How can I promote new growth on a section of my Jade cutting?

I inherited this jade from my mother who got it 10 years ago. It had some considerable root rot and some wild and curvy/lanky branches, so I hacked it way back. The root rot went up about 2" of the ...
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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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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 grown ...
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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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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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Succulent Disease Identification (kalanchoe beharensis)

Album of pictures Another album of updated pictures One leaf before being "washed" with a mild soap/water mixture Another leaf after being "washed" with a mild soap/water mixture I purchased this ...
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What kind of plant is this, I never seen this plant before

A friend of mines has given me a plant. However, it came without any instructions and no name. Does anyone know what type of plant this is and how to maintain it?
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How to get a Kalanchoe to flower in bunch

I have two questions regarding Kalanchoes. I bought 3 Kalanchoes from IKEA for almost one year. The funny thing is that one of them has lots of flowers, the second one, only one flower, and the third ...
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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) This bug is white and ...
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The age of an Opuntia (prickly pear cactus)

Opuntia, prickly pear cactus, is a hardy plant with a wide range of distribution. Its growth habit is by branching paddles, or nopales. Is there any way to measure or estimate the age of such a ...
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Should I cut off cactus pads to help the main branch to grow?

I have some small cactus (one year old) and they are have been producing a lot of new pads. If I remove the branching pads, the main stem will have more energy to develop itself (my main focus is to ...
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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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White and brown spots on cacti

I've been away for the last two and a half weeks, and upon return I noticed a few of my cacti had developed white fuzzy spots, which were not there before. In the worst instance, one cactus appears ...
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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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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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Can I leave an Aloe plant unattended for 2 months?

I leave my apartment for 2 months and I'd like to know if you have any advice to keep my Aloe alive all this time? I live near the Mediterranean and my balcony is exposed to the sun from 1:30 pm to ...
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Can I save Aloe vera plants that were pulled out of the ground?

Our new place has lots of different species of cacti plus Aloe vera plants. This entire walkway is way overgrown with Aloe vera. My grandson thought he was helping me by pulling a whole bunch out. Can ...
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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 leaves ...
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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 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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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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What are some succulent plants that are suitable to be planted in my office?

Many gardening websites recommend succulent plants as the best plants for indoors such as an office. It's true that they require minimal care with respect to water, but the websites usually don't tell ...
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Aloe Vera Plant drooping

My Aloe Vera Plant isn't doing to well. I bought it approximately a month and a half ago in a very nice state. Moved it directly to a new pot(unfortunately at the time without a drainage hole) with ...
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Propagating succulents in 3 months, is it possible?

I'm planning to give succulents as wedding gift. I need more than 300 succulents in small size (5.5 cm pot) I want to propagate them myself, I believe it will be more precious than just buying from a ...

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