Cacti & Tropical Plants

Christmas cactus blooming

Confessions of a Cactus Killer

My first Christmas cactus came from my mother, who got it from HER mother, who grew and tended it as far back as anyone can remember, and I killed it. Yes, that’s right, I killed the heirloom cactus, and I hang my head in shame.

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Red flower on Holiday Cactus

Caring for Holiday Cactus

Holiday cactus are easy to grow and often passed down through the generations. With holiday cactus, the question isn’t how to grow it, but how to make it bloom. By following these easy steps, you’ll have your plant blooming in time for the holidays.

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Garden with drought tolerant plants.

Landscaping with Drought-Tolerant Plants

There are many colorful and lush choices that are perfect for a low-maintenance, water-conserving landscape. As parts of the country experience a reduction in rainfall or restrictions on water use, drought-tolerance has become an increasingly desirable characteristic in cultivated plants.

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Dry Climate Gardening

Gardening in a dry climate can be a challenge but Southern Californian Tricia Craven Worley explains that it is possible to create a beautiful landscape if you choose your plants carefully. The staples of such gardens are drought tolerant plants such as Pride of Madeira, Rosemary and Thyme.

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