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How to Revive a Dying Succulent
Every succulent lover has experienced the disappointment of discovering that one of their favorite succulents is dying. No matter how much experience with succulents you have, this moment can send you into a state of panic. How could this happen?! There are many reasons why your succulent may appear to be dying. Knowing the cause […]
As far as succulents are concerned, there are two main types of succulent substrate: soil and grit. The line between them can (and often does) blur, but it’s important to know the difference. In this article we compare and contrast the two types of substrate, as well as take a close look at the two […]
As a succulent enthusiast, you’ve probably had plants go through stressful situations and end up looking a little unwell. Maybe they were shipped in a dark box over long distances or they were underwatered or even sun damaged. Succulents are drought tolerant plants, but eventually a lack of water can absolutely affect their health. Typically, […]
Now that you know the differences between a Haworthia and an Aloe, can you tell the difference between an Agave and an Aloe? It can be easy to confuse Agave with Aloe, especially at first glance. They are similar in shape and often similar in size. They also have similar preferences in the type of climate, […]
Ask any succulent gardener what their favorite type of pot is, and you may be surprised by their answers. Some succulent lovers are die-hard terracotta fans, while others plant their precious Pachyphytum only in plastic. It’s an age-old argument and like any good debate, there are advantages and disadvantages to both sides and it’s up to you […]
Cacti are interesting and easy to care for, but they can be a pain to transplant and move. If you’ve ever tried to repot a cactus bare-handed, you probably walked away with a few sore spots or spines in your fingers. Cacti varieties with small, fine spines can be especially tricky to deal with as […]
Mushrooms growing with my succulents – Is that bad?
It happens to everyone eventually. You see a little yellow or white mushroom emerging from the soil and you start to freak out – “Why is there a mushroom growing next to my cactus!? Will my succulent die?? Is the mushroom eating it?!” Don’t worry. You’re (probably) fine, and so is the succulent.
What is plant propagation? Plant propagation broadly refers to creating new plants via any method. There are two kinds of reproduction: Sexual Reproduction: When you say reproduction, you’re usually thinking of this type. If you dispense with the human connotation, sexual reproduction simply means that genetic information from two individuals is mixed to produce a […]
Choosing the correct pot size for your plant can be a complicated task, especially if you are new to succulent care. A pot that is too big or too small can have a major impact on the health of the plant. However, once you understand how pot size affects the plant, you’ll be able to […]
Despite the thousands of succulent varieties available across the globe, new plants are popping up practically every day. How do nurseries produce new varieties on such a regular basis? Hybridization is just one method being used by expert gardeners to ‘invent’ new plants. This may sound like something out of a sci-fi story set in […]
Purchasing Wholesale Succulents for Businesses and Landscaping
Are you a business or landscaper in search of wholesale succulents for your next project? If so, then this is the place for you. Any and all information you may need before your next purchase can be found right here. We’ll explain what it is that you should look for when purchasing wholesale succulents and […]
Dormancy is a word that’s thrown around every winter. Plants go to sleep or something; they hibernate like bears, right? Sort of! In this article, we’ll dissect the subject of dormancy from the perspective of succulents (although this concept applies to pretty much all plants). All the information comes from peer-reviewed, published manuscripts. Sources included […]
If you grow succulents, it won’t be long before you see some fine, little roots growing out of the stem of your plant. Those are called aerial roots! Don’t panic; your plant is probably healthy. Aerial roots can be an indication that your succulent wants to be cared for a little differently, though. Read on to learn […]
Shipping succulents and cacti may seem like a risky venture, but with proper packing techniques, you can ensure your plants’ survival. Shipping Succulents Succulents and cacti are generally quite hardy and can go long periods of time without water, so they are ideal plants to transport through the mail. Professional nurseries regularly ship their plants […]
One of the most persistent pests a gardener can encounter are squirrels. These tenacious critters may be cute, but they are known for climbing, digging, and chewing their way through almost anything to reach food. Although there is no miracle product to keep squirrels away from your beloved plants, there are plenty of options to […]
Crested and monstrose succulents are weird, wonderful, and very wacky. They’re not fundamentally different from their regular counterparts, though. They just have a different growth pattern. The way to identify a crested plant when using it’s scientific name is by looking for a ‘cristate‘ at the end. Graptopetalum paraguayense cristate is a crested ghost plant! Monstrose already sounds […]
Designer Succulents: Trademarks and Patents on Plants?
Sometimes you find a plant that has a little label that says something along the lines of “This plant is patent protected. Do not propagate.” What’s the deal with that? How do you copyright a plant? Read on to find out what it means, and what you can do.
Ah, scale. That scourge of succulents simply striving to survive. Alliteration aside, scale is a nasty pest because it spreads quick and is relatively difficult to remove. The good news is that, as far as pests go, scale takes a long time (or an intense infestation) to do serious damage to your plants. Let’s clear […]
How to Care for Succulents in Pots without Drainage Holes
Unfortunately, due to the abundance of adorable potential planters, it’s not always possible to plant succulents in a proper container. If you must plant in a container without a drainage hole (or don’t want to make a drainage hole), there are some important things to keep in mind. Disclaimer: Sublime Succulents does NOT recommend you […]
How to Drill Drainage Holes in Terracotta and Clay
If you’ve found your way to this article – congratulations! You’ve realized that drainage holes are a crucial part of your plants’ health. I applaud you for your forward thinking! With so many objects just waiting to be made into planters, it’s hard to slow down and drill drainage holes first. Fortunately, with the right […]
Lithops are simultaneously the easiest and the hardest succulents to care for. They practically demand to be ignored; you’ll find they fare far better with little intervention. But alas, they are too interesting to be ignored completely. What follows is the most comprehensive guide to lithops on the internet.
What is the difference between Mother of Thousands and Mother of Millions?
These are two popular plants that get talked about all the time! However, both species have tons of common names. Which Mother is which? What’s the difference? Where can I get them?? Read on to find out everything you need to know about these two kool Kalanchoe.
It can be scary to graft cacti, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s actually quite easy! Cacti are tough, hardy plants who can take a beating and come back even stronger. Learn how to graft cacti below in just a few easy steps!
With the popularity of succulent terrariums and unorthodox planters, “fat plants” often end up in containers that don’t have drainage. As we’ve discussed many, many, times before drainage holes are necessary for good plant health. But… if you’re really insistent on that quirky container, you can just put gravel in the bottom to help the dirt drain, […]
So you just bought a plant at a store and it was simply labeled “succulent”. We’ve all been there. If you have narrowed it down to either Echeveria or Sempervivium you’re already doing better than most of us. Here are a few key pointers to help you figure out the genus of your plant. Location While this isn’t […]