Plants Collection

How to Care for a Cactus

How do you care for that irresistible little cactus and those cute little succulents that just followed you home from the garden center?

Maybe you want to repot them into that pretty ceramic planter Mom gave you for Christmas last year?

  • How do you do that?
  • How do you avoid getting stuck by cactus spines when potting?

These and other questions will be answered here. I am a long-time cacti and succulent lover and have had hundreds of plants follow me home–I think I’m the Pied Piper of cacti and succulents.

Proper soil and water, potting, transplanting and more–I will share with you a bit of the wisdom that succulent and cactus plants have taught me over the years and how you can keep them happy and healthy.

How to Grow Succulents

Get the answers to your succulents questions here with our integrated approach on how to grow succulents, including our indoor care guide. All of the basic elements of succulent cultivation are presented with an emphasis on how to combine them to work for you. It’s not just another Do’s and Don’ts list.

With this guide as a starting point you’ll know why you’re doing things. With a little experience you’ll soon be solving your own problems and growing very good plants.

Growing and Caring for Conophytum (How to Guide)

Conophytum are irresistible, winter-growing green pebbles, dumplings and bilobes–dwarf plants that fit on your windowsill and are one of my favorites listed on my dessert plants list, even though they come from Africa. But hey, they have a lot of dessert there too!

Sculpturally appealing and adapted for the harsh conditions of South Africa, they wrap themselves in “cocoons” against the arid heat of summer, displaying cheery daisy-like flowers of various hues in cooler conditions.

Top 100 Desert Plants

Desert Plants – Here is a list of 100 of my favorite desert plants. This doesn’t mean there aren’t other desert plants you can enjoy and do well in desert, but these seem to be the most fun to grow in desert gardens.

They are in no particular order. This list took me over a week to line up, so I hope you enjoy!