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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Succulent Lovers!

Know a succulent lover but don’t know what to get them for Christmas? Not to worry! Here are 10 gift ideas for the #succulover in your life for the holidays! 1. Succulent Pack Is there such a thing as too many plants? Possibly, but the answer for succulent collectors is NEVER. By gifting a mixed variety, there’s bound to be something that the collector will fall in love with! Instead of a pack, you could send a succulent subscription from Leaf & Clay! Love fairy gardens? Get  ...

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Five Things You Should Avoid at the Big Box Gardening Stores

Do you love plants but struggle with the ones you get from your local store’s gardening section? Well, some plants at your local big box store actually weren’t made to last long. Sometimes the things that plant sellers do to sell more plants will actually kill them faster or will severely inhibit their growth. Here are five things you should avoid when buying plants! 1. Paint One thing that you may see often are painted plants. Why do plant growers paint their plants?  ...

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Echeveria Growing Tips

If you’re looking to grow beautiful succulents, you may be tempted (or have already started!) to grow echeverias. Echeverias are rosette-type succulents that come in many different colors, ranging from all green to green with pink tips to even black! Once you start your echeveria collection and start caring for these cute rosettes, you may find that they don’t exactly look how they did online. What are the best conditions to grow echeveria? And how can you get them to look like  ...

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5 Best Succulents to Grow Indoors

Succulents are free spirits, wild and unbound. It would be a crime to reign them in, chain them up, and lock them away inside your house. The problem is… they are so darn cute. Who can resist those chubby, little leaves? Those plump plants would go great in my room that’s covered floor-to-ceiling in pillows. Since we’ve already decided we’re going to overlook succulents’ innate need for the great outdoors, let’s talk about how to ease their transition to captivity. Caring for Succulents  ...

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Plant Substitutions and Ideas for Black Thumbs

Not everyone was blessed with a green thumb (honestly, most of us gardeners have to work for it!), but if you believe that you’re doomed to a life of being a black thumb, don’t fret! There are a number of plant substitutions that you can use for filling in pots and cute desk planters.   Go Faux The most obvious plant replacements are artificial plants (of course!). There are a reason that these are so often used in offices, restaurants, and in staging model homes. They  ...

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How to Handle Succulent Pests

You’ve brought some lovely succulents home and everything is fine…until you notice odd specks appearing on your sempervivum and echeverias. Or you see what looks like tiny white cottonballs sticking to your aloes, crassulas, or other succulents. With plants, there’s always a chance for pests. Don’t worry too much! There are easy ways to get rid of those succulent pests without harming your plants.  Examples of Pests on Succulents Aphids Mealy Bug Root Mealy Bug Have you seen something  ...

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How to Water Your Air Plants

Are air plants (aka tillandsia) easy to take care of? They are, as long as you follow a few rules (just like how gremlins can be cute and cuddly if you follow the rules!). First, they need enough filtered sunlight or 12 hours of bright indoor lighting. The second rule is about water. But how can you water properly if everyone says different things and everyone’s growing environment is different? Humidity It mostly has to do with humidity. If your air plants are in a humid place, they  ...

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