Drought tolerant succulents are known for their fleshy, thick stems and leaves. The leaves and stems work to store nutrients and moisture for the plants to use during hot, dry … [Read more...] about Fertilizer For Succulents: A Guide To Fertilizing Succulent Plants
Information on Cactus and Succulents
A cactus is a succulent, but so are many plants that store water in their leaves and stems.
Cactus and succulents require a particular type of gardening, full of unique shapes, brilliant colors, and beautiful textures.
They can accent the landscape planted, or when potted in a decorative container liven up a sunny patio. As house plants, they make wonderful additions to a sunny windowsill.
For many cactus and succulent plants are the ideal plants offering:
- Beautiful flowers
- Thrive on neglect
- Interesting structure
- Plenty of fascination
Of all plants grown in warm, sunny locations indoors and out they are some of the most rewarding.
When their season arrives, cactus and succulents suddenly burst into magnificent bloom, in all colors and shapes.
Their forms come in a wide array looks some astounding, some amusing, some entertaining, and some flat out weird.
Cactus and Succulent Basics
- How To Take Care Of A Cactus
- Succulent Types
- Cactus Potting Soil | Succulent Potting Soil
- Watering Succulents
- Cactus propagation
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- Aeonium plants
- Agave plants
- Aloe plants
- Cereus plants
- Crassula plants
- Euphorbia plants
- Haworthia plants
- Ice plants assorted varieties
- Kalanchoe plants
- Lithops (Living Stones)
- Mammillaria plants
- Sedum plants
For the most part, common succulents are pest free; however, their plump juicy leaves can sometimes serve as a temptation for aphids. Succulents, like the echeveria plant while in bloom, are a huge … [Read more...] about Aphids on Succulents: What To Look For and How To Control Them
The blue echeveria plant most commonly referred to as "blue" is Echeveria glauca also known as Echeveria secunda. However, there are many different Echeveria species and cultivars of Blue Echeveria … [Read more...] about Blue Echeveria – What Are Blue Echeverias and Why Are They Blue?
The Echeveria glauca is considered one of the best Blue Echeveria plant varieties. Glauca in Latin means "bluish-grey or green." The other common plant names include: Old Hens and Chicks … [Read more...] about Echeveria Glauca: How To Care For The Blue Hens and Chicks
Pleiospilos nelii (plee-oh-SPIL-os) is a flowering succulent plant hailing from South Africa. The genus Pleiospilos plant name comes from two Greek words: first 'pleios', means many and the second … [Read more...] about Pleiospilos Nelii: Split Rock Succulent Growing and Care Tips
Dasylirion acrotrichum, [das-il-LIR-ee-on] [ak-roh-TRY-kee], comes from the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico and the grass-like leaves can reach up to 40" inches. The spiky plant has several common … [Read more...] about Dasylirion Acrotrichum: Growing The Desert Spoon Plant
Commonly called ball cactus due to its shape, Parodia [par-ROH-dee-uh] is a large genus of flowering cactus plants and belong to the family Cactaceae. While most commonly appearing in a globular … [Read more...] about Parodia Cactus Tips: Learn To Grow And Care For Ball Cactus
Aeonium haworthii is a member of the family Crassulaceae. You may also hear the plant referred by the common names: Pinwheel Plant Aeonium Pinwheel Haworth's Aeonium It is a winter … [Read more...] about Aeonium Haworthii Info: Growing and Caring For Pinwheel Plants
Euphorbia characias wulfenii (yoo-FOR-bee-uh kar-RAY-see-as wool-FEN-ee-eye) also known as Mediterranean spurge, hails from Turkey, the Balkans, and southern Europe. This herbaceous perennial is a … [Read more...] about Growing Euphorbia Characias: How To Care For Mediterranean Spurge
Acanthocalycium cactus (a-kanth-oh-ka-LEE-see-um) is a genus of decorative cactus species known for their colorful abundant blooms. The genus belongs to the family Cactaceae and native to the humid … [Read more...] about Growing Acanthocalycium Cactus: How To Care For Barbed Wire Cactus
Agave vilmoriniana (a-GAH-vee vil-mor-in-ee-AY-nuh) is a succulent evergreen perennial agave plant native to Mexico. This succulent is a member of the Asparagaceae a family. It is also known as … [Read more...] about Agave Vilmoriniana Care: Learn How To Grow The Octopus Agave
Echeveria Subsessilis (Ech-eh-VER-ee-a Sub-SES-sil-iss) is one of the many beautiful Echeveria plant varieties which belong to the family Crassulaceae. Subsessillis is also known as Echeveria … [Read more...] about Echeveria Subsessilis: Growing And Care Of Echeveria ‘Morning Beauty’
The Paddle Plant - Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (kal-un-KOH-ee thur-SEE-flor-uh) is an attractive and colorful member of the family Crassulaceae or stonecrop hailing from South Africa. The plant is an … [Read more...] about Paddle Plant Care: How To Grow Flapjacks Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora
Crassula Rupestris (pronounced KRASS-oo-la rue-PES-tris) is a shrublet succulent that belongs to the genus Crassula in the jade plant family Crassulaceae. This Crassula plant originates from … [Read more...] about Crassula Rupestris Care: Learn To Grow The Baby Necklace Vine
Espostoa lanata [es-POS-toh-uh la-NA-tuh] is a columnar type cactus belonging to the genus Espostoa and the family Cactaceae. The genus name honors Peruvian botanist Nicolas E. Esposto. The … [Read more...] about Espostoa Lanata Care: Tips For Growing The Peruvian Old Man Cactus
Sedum spathulifolium (see-DUM spath-yoo-lif-FOH-lee-um) is an evergreen succulent that belongs to the genus Sedum in the family Crassulaceae. It is native to the regions of British Columbia and … [Read more...] about Sedum Spathulifolium Care: Growing The Easy Going Broadleaf Stonecrop
Drosanthemum floribundum - rosea ice plant - is a low-growing succulent suitable for ground cover, hanging baskets, or small pots. It’s an undemanding little plant that belongs to the Drosanthemum … [Read more...] about Growing Rosea Ice Plant: Drosanthemum Floribundum Propagation & Care
The Huernia plant (lifesaver plant) is one of the most unusual groups of succulents. The Huernia cactus produces alien-looking five-lobed flowers. The genus Huernia includes at about 45 species of … [Read more...] about Huernia Plant Care: How To Cultivate the Smelly Huernia Cactus
Agave Victoriae–Reginae (a-GAH-vee vik-TOR-ee-ay ree-JIN-ay-ee) is a succulent agave species belonging to the Agavaceae (Asparagaceae) family. This Mexican native can be found growing naturally in … [Read more...] about Growing Agave Victoriae-Reginae: Caring For The Attractive Royal Agave
The myrtle spurge botanically Euphorbia myrsinites (yoo-FOR-bee-uh myrsinites) is an herbaceous evergreen perennial which hails from southeastern Europe and Asia minor. It is a member of the … [Read more...] about Euphorbia Myrsinites – The Myrtle Spurge An Invasive Plant?
You may think buying a succulent potting soil or cactus soil mix at your local garden center is the best way to get the right soil for planting succulents. It certainly is the easiest and if you … [Read more...] about Succulent Potting Soil: How To Make Your Own Soil Mix [with RECIPES]
Gymnocalycium mihanovichii [jim-no-kal-LISS-ee-um me-han-oh-VIK-ee-eye] is one of the most unusual window garden cacti and has become a common sight anywhere that sells cacti & succulent … [Read more...] about Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii: Plant Care Tips To Grow Oriental Moon Cactus
Echeveria pulvinata (ech-eh-VER-ee-a pul-vin-AH-tuh) is a perennial succulent plant, from the Echeveria genus hailing from Oaxaca, Mexico. The easy to grow plant is a member of the Crassulaceae … [Read more...] about Echeveria Pulvinata: Learn Plush Plant Growing and Care
Adromischus cristatus [ad-roh-MIS-kus] [kris-TAY-tus] belongs to the genus Adromischus and is an interesting succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae. Cristatus is found in the eastern Cape … [Read more...] about Adromischus Cristatus: Tips for Growing the Crinkle Leaf Plant
The “Painted Lady Echeveria” known botanically as Echeveria derenbergii (ech-eh-VER-ee-a der-en-BERG-ee-eye) is a perennial evergreen succulent. There are about 180 different types of Echeveria, … [Read more...] about Painted Lady Echeveria: Echeveria Derenbergii Growing and Care
Elephant Bush or Portulacaria afra (pronounced por-tew-luh-KAR-ee-uh AF-ruh) is a bushy succulent shrub belonging to the Didiereaceae family. In its native habitat in the eastern part of … [Read more...] about Elephant Bush: Growing and Care Of Portulacaria Afra
Agave geminiflora is a somewhat rare agave plant species which hails from a very limited area north of Ocotillo, Mexico, in the state of Nayarit. This interesting dwarf agave in its native habitat … [Read more...] about Twin Flower Agave: Growing and Care Of Agave Geminiflora
Echeveria Pulidonis (ech-eh-VER-ee-a pu-LEE-do-nis) is a slow-growing flowering evergreen succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae. The plant hails from Mexico and commonly known as Pulido’s … [Read more...] about Echeveria Pulidonis: Learn To Grow and Care For Pulido’s Echeveria
Commonly known as the gopher plant, Euphorbia rigida (yew-FORB-ee-ah RIJ-id-ah) formerly known as Euphorbia biglandulosa is a perennial succulent. Other common names include: Silver spurge … [Read more...] about Gopher Plant Care: Learn How To Grow Euphorbia Rigida
Pachyphytum compactum (pak-ee-FY-tum kom-PAK-tum) is a perennial succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae. The genus Pachyphytum, literally means “thick leaves” in Greek. The hardy succulent is … [Read more...] about Pachyphytum Compactum Care: Growing The Little Jewel Succulent Plant