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What's this bifurcating succulent found in a greenhouse in the Gobi Desert?

That is called Pleiospilos nelii. It's a succulent, and a member of the same family as Lithops (Aizoaceae), but it's not a Lithop. It is a leaf window plant, like Lithops. They make a yellow-orange ...
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Will succulent leaves grow back?

Whether it lives or dies, there is no way it will grow back into something that looks nice as a "gift" in ten days, so start looking for another present to give your friend! Your guess that ...
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Should I fertilize a cactus showing etiolation?

We say a plant is 'etiolated' when its growth becomes long and lanky, usually thin and weak looking, often yellowish or pale in colour, and with elongated gaps between leaves on stems, although this ...
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What is the name of this red flower? And how do I care for it?

It's Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. It's a succulent native to Madagascar. They are pretty undemanding houseplants, but need good light and mustn't be over-watered: allow the soil to dry fully between ...
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Chuck the plant - am I ill?

First, I missed off a bit of this particular one's proper name - it's Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii; the version without yellow stripes is just Sansevieria trifasciata. My houseplant book says ...
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Can I cut the top off a drooping aloe plant?

The damaged leaves will not heal, and the weakened narrow portion of stem will remain that way. It can grow from the end, though, and that can be healthy. It was obviously suffering from etiolation. I ...
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What is this houseplant with leaves that grow in a circular pattern?

Well, that's such a coincidence - this is the second question on this particular plant today. It's Sansevieria cylindrica - confirmation of ID can be achieved once the flowers are fully out. Your ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

This is fairly normal behavior for these plants. As they grow, the stems get longer, and since the leaves are full of water, the weight of the top of the plant pulls the stem over to one side. It's ...
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What is this huge succulent plant?

It reminds me of a Night Blooming Cereus. I've never grown one, so can't comment on their need. My folks have theirs growing in normal household conditions, getting western light. They are amazing ...
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What's the fastest way to dry peat before re-potting an overwatered succulent?

Well I wouldn't worry about drying it out first - simply tip it out of its pot, preferably wearing gloves, carefully, and with any luck, most of the wet soil will fall off immediately anyway. The ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

The cause is usually not enough light, or the light is very directional (for example if the pot is near a window). The remedy is to turn the pot regularly (i.e. every day or two) to keep the plant ...
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I've only seen this practice a few times in plants sold through the big-box stores. I believe they glue the gravel together so it doesn't fall out of the pot during shipping. The gravel is meant to ...
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Can anybody identify this smelly succulent?

It is Plectranthus tomentosa, sometimes called the Vicks plant because it smells a bit like Vick mentho rub, or of menthol/eucalyptus anyway. Some cultural info about this plant here, if you need it ...
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Why does this Jade plant have small leaves when compared to other Jade plants?

This plant is not a Crassula! It is a Portulacaria afra, commonly called Spekboom or Elephant Bush in South Africa, which is where it originates. It is extremely drought tolerant, but can also grow ...
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Crassula or Portulacaria and what are the little white sticks

That's a Crassula ovata: the leaves are more elongated (ovata = "egg-shaped") and larger than Portulacaria afra. Also, they are missing the indentation at the tip that makes Portulacaria afra leaves ...
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Why is my Dwarf Jade plant dropping more than dozens of leaves?

Looks like over watering. The soil itself looks wet to me. The elephant's ear, like all other Jades, can use very little water, so you can usually just stick to weekly or even two-weekly watering ...
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How can I promote new growth on a section of my Jade cutting?

Like many plants, Jade plant stems are comprised of 'nodes and internodes' (the nodes containing the concentrated meristem tissue): The nodes hold one or more leaves, as well as buds which can grow ...
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Chuck the plant - what am I?

Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii is its unlovely botanical name, but it has the common names of Mother in Law's Tongue and Snake Plant too! Though you could just stick to Chuck... It prefers bright ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

The trouble with gardening is, ask a panel of experts a question and you'll get 3 different answers. I remember your original question on this plant and then, you believed you should wait for the peat ...
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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I'm sorry I don't know the cause of your damage, but I have a lot of experience with sedums, and can reassure you that a healthy plant can grow even if the top is damaged, dead, or broken off; and ...
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How can I make this succulent less splayed-out and lanky?

I think its actually Sansevieria cylindrica, and as such, it needs higher light levels than many of the other varieties. Grown in bright daylight, it will be more erect and is less likely to collapse ...
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What are the white patches on my succulent?

It's sunburn. When going from indoors/partially-shaded to full sun outdoors, plants need some transition to get used to the sun's intensity and the varying heat. I've had the same thing happen with ...
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Are the drooping leaves on my Snake Plant caused by the amount of watering?

Sansevieria is cold sensitive; optimum temperatures for health and growth are between 18 and 27 deg.C, and whilst it will tolerate down to 5degC, it only manages that if the soil is completely dry, ...
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How to differentiate between Portulacaria Afra and Crassula Ovata?

The primary difference between Crassula and Portulacaria is growth habit, and it only becomes evident over time. Crassula supports itself, whereas Portulacaria produces growth that may droop and may ...
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How long can an Opuntia (prickly pear cactus) live?

I don't know about centuries, but some species live a long time. The large species like Opuntia ficus indica develop woody stems and grow in a tree-like fashion. There are several other South American ...
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Is this just a weed? If not, what is it?

This does look like a sedum. I'm not good at specific identifications. I leave that up to the experts, like @stormy, who has already given you that information. However, because I have a lot of sedum ...
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What kind of a plant is this and is it parasitic?

This is my first attempt to ID a plant and I would say it is one of Haworthia species. There is no need for worry because as this site mentions: Occasionally, tall wiry stalks will emerge from ...
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Is this plant with rounded leaves/petals and reddish, smooth stalks a weed?

It is both, it is Portulaca oleracea. I consider it as a weed, and I remove it from my vegetable garden. It has shallow roots, so it is easy to remove. So you can imagine my surprise when my sister ...
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How long can aloe last without water?

A plant at my home servived for more than 5 years. This is how it looked after 5 years. Then I removed it from the hanging and planted it in the garden. https://photos.google.com/share/...
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