Hazelle C.

Hazelle Cabugao has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Agriculture specializing in Ornamental Horticulture. A landscape horticulturist by profession, she has been designing, installing, and maintaining various landscapes and gardens for residential and commercial use. She is passionate about creating sustainable green spaces in the city and writing about interesting flowering plants of the world.

echeveria black prince

How to Grow and Care for Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

Most colored succulents do not occur naturally. They are diligent but sometimes accidental results of various cultivation and breeding practices and usually take years to achieve. These succulents are not just visually appealing but are also tough plants since they are the result of combining the desirable traits of their parent plants. One colored succulent …

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old man cactus

How to Grow and Care for Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis)

Spines are some of the identifying features of cactuses. They usually appear as pointed protuberances covering the body of the cactus, making the plant look intimidating, albeit characteristically fascinating. However, not all cacti are covered in prickly spines. Some species have a less threatening appearance like the Old Man Cactus. The unique morphology of its …

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astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias (Star Cactus): Types and How to Grow and Care

One of the most fascinating things about plants is their symmetry. Often observed in the formation of flowers that are visually appealing to both animal pollinators and humans, this symmetry usually resembles cosmic patterns and shapes. But this is not limited to flowers alone; plant symmetry is also present in the leaves, roots, and stems …

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spineless prickly pear

Spineless Cactus (Opuntia varieties): How to Grow and Care

Spines have always been associated with cacti. They are highly modified stems that protect these plants from animals that want to feed on them. They also prevent them from losing too much moisture in their extremely hot natural growing environment.  But as plants were cultivated for ornamental and agricultural purposes, the spines have become less …

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golden barrel cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii): How to Grow and Care

Often confused as a member of the Ferocactus group of cacti, the Golden Barrel cactus is one of the most popular landscape plants for arid and desert regions. It displays a characteristic spiky golden globose shape that when installed en masse in a landscape, creates a whimsical appearance of giant sea urchins outside the ocean. …

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moon cactus

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii ‘Hibotan’ (Moon Cactus): How to Grow and Care

The cactus family is known for their distinct spines, areoles, and plump, often ribbed stems. Most cacti come in different shades of green and although unique-looking, they can blend well with other plants, in the wild or indoors. They are not necessarily vibrant-looking and the colors are often brought about by their showy blooms. But …

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dragon fruit plant

How to Grow and Care for Dragon Fruit Cactus (Hylocereus undatus)

The spiky appearance of cacti makes them appear as dangerous plants. In fact, this is one of their defense mechanisms—to drive away most animals that will attempt to consume them.  But because people are adventurous, and we have a need to survive, the cacti group is explored for their digestible properties.  Several cacti species actually …

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repot cactus

How to Repot a Cactus

Cacti are unique plants that have caught the attention of many house plant growers because of their ability to endure and even thrive on neglect. They do not require a lot of gardening work, especially watering, but there are other practices that need to be performed from time to time, like repotting. Cacti only grow …

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