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Summer Succulent Tips

It is probably getting hot where you live, and you want to figure out what to do to make sure your succulents make it through the summer in good shape. Yes, some succulents thrive in the desert hot sun, such as cactus, but not all succulents like the heat. The following succulents are not a huge fan of being direct hot sun: SHADE LOVING SUCCULENTS Aeoniums Euphorbias Haworthias  Gasteria Sansaveria (snake plants) Agave Aloe String Of Pearls Variegated Succulents Newly Planted Succulents SIGNS OF TOO MUCH SUN OR HEAT If your plants are getting the optimal amount of sun and temperature then you will see blushing, or vibrant color changes. Some typical signs of your plants getting too much sun...

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How To Propagate Succulent Leaves

You may be wondering how people are making those little arrangements out of tiny succulents "pups". I'll explain my simple way of taking leaves from your current succulents, or a friends garden, and growing some new little succulents. The first thing you will need is a donor succulent that can spare a few leaves. I like to take a couple leaves from succulents that have gotten leggy, are getting planted for the first time, or are getting larger and wont mind a few leaves taken. For example sake I will be continuing with the succulent I used in the Beheading Blog we wrote last week.  Once you find your succulent(s) you would like to propagate, the fun begins. There are options...

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Succulent Propagation By Beheading

Succulents can sometimes become tall and "leggy" when they aren't getting enough sunlight, or the legginess could be from age. Not to worry, we can take advantage of your leggy plant and learn how to propagate some new succulents. If your succy is like this one you will want to remove the leaves starting from the bottom until you get to the base of where you want the final rosette to start. In order to remove the leaves all you have to do is gently rock them back and forth until you hear the pop. {we will cover leaf propagation in another post} One thing to note in this process is to try NOT to touch the top rosette and remove the white powdery...

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Our First Workshop

Our First Planter Box Workshop was a success. As with anything new, it was an opportunity to learn and that is exactly what we did. The days leading up to the event were a little hectic, but that is part of the process to figuring out how to streamline our workshops. We couldn't have been happier with how the day went and for everyone's support that attended. Day of was fun, we built a few extra boxes, made sure all our plants were in order, loaded the car, and we were on our way to Champions South Salon for the event. I arrived early to the salon to set up our pop up shop, which looked great when it was all...

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Building Life Stories

We have found a startling truth through the process of starting Beautifully Tarnished. There are more people than we can imagine holding in mental turmoil and suicidal thoughts because they don't feel they have anyone that will truly listen. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about your own mental health, and possible suicidal thoughts, which needs to change. Our goal is to help lift the stigma from talking about mental health issues and suicide by building a strong community of supportive people. Being so passionate about the cause makes me constantly think of ways to reach more people and try to save lives in the process. After weeks of brainstorming we decided to start a guest blog series...

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