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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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How long can aloe last without water?

There is no "exact" answer to this question, but it appears you already know the minimum it can last without water by your own unintended experiment. Though not a perfect answer, I hope the following ...
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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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What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

Agreed, its an aphid infestation, specifically what's known as Oleander Aphid, which affects plants in the Apocynaceae family (which Adenium belongs to) as well as Asclepiadaceae - more info in the ...
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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 succulent with spined leaves with a triangular cross-section?

This plant is an aloe. It's a desert dwelling succulent. In warm weather they can handle being watered once a month, sometimes more often in HOT weather. Indoors they can often go several months ...
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Why are my aloe leaves turning white and brown?

First, here is what sunburn looks like on an aloe leaf: And here is what etiolation looks like on an aloe (this one's actually mine :o): Mine is etiolated because it's in the basement under ...
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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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Why are these succulent leaves withering instead of rooting?

In the case of the aloe (plant on the right) it's because trying to root aloe from cuttings is different from most and might involve a little luck. Most places I've read say that it just won't root ...
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Identification of many succulents

I don't know of a really good dichotomous key or similar... what I would do, is to learn the basics of most commonly kept succulents, then look at pictures of those families to see if you can narrow ...
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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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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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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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What is this tiny plant with multiple leaves and small white tubercles scattered over its leaves?

This plant is Haworthia attenuata var. radula – Hankey Dwarf Aloe or one of it's cultivars. A native of South Africa it is stemless and propagated by removing small offsets that grow out from the base....
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What's killing this succulent?

Water. Too much water. It's soaked it all up and is rotting. Succulents kept indoors should be left unwatered and in the best sunlight available. You should really only water once a month or "...
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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Yes, they will root if you put them into a very sandy, free-draining mix kept slightly damp at all times, preferably with bottom heat, but if that's not possible, keep it in a warm, bright place. ...
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What are the white bugs on my Aeonium and how do I get rid of them?

Mealybug infestation - looks like mostly larval. I've found that a mixture of 1 teaspoon of dish detergent per cup of water has been an effective control. used as a spray over the entire plant. Once ...
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