Succulents are a popular trend for both indoor and outdoor gardening and with good reason. Not only are they perfect for drought-prone areas or for people looking for low maintenance (some only need to be watered once a week), succulents are relatively easy to propagate and share.
Succulents are striking, often unusual-looking plants that store water in their fleshy leaves or stems. Some even survive extremely dry periods by using their roots for water storage. You’ll find they make fun conversation pieces indoors in a bright location or as focal points in your container garden.
With just a few supplies you can pick up at your neighborhood Orchard, you’ll see in the following steps how easy it is to create an attractive place that will allow you to successfully grow your new favorite plant.
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What you'll need:
Step 1: Decisions
The hardest part will probably be deciding which succulent (or succulents) to plant. You’ll also have to choose an appropriately sized pot and a saucer to catch any excess water. Should your pot have a drainage hole? Ideally. If not, you’ll have to water even less.
Step 2: Rocks
Place larger rocks at the bottom of your pot to help with drainage as succulents don’t do well sitting in overly wet soil or standing water.
Step 3: Soil
Next, add cactus mix and fine gravel on top of the rocks.
Step 4: Plant
Gently break up the root ball and place your succulent on top of the soil.
Step 5: More Soil
Add more cactus mix to cover the roots and brush off any extra from the leaves and stems.
Step 6: More Rocks
Cover the soil with a layer of decorative rocks or pebbles to protect from erosion when watering and to add extra interest.
Step 7: Location
If you’re placing your pot indoors, look for a spot that has bright, indirect light. Direct sun from a window can scorch plants quickly. If kept outdoors, you’ll want to bring your plant inside or protect it during the winter months when frost is possible.
Step 8: Water
It’s time to water your new plant. How often should that be? To ensure success, potted succulents should be allowed to dry between waterings. In fact, you’ll even want to empty excess water from the saucer. If kept indoors, your plant will need water less frequently, since our homes are typically cooler than outside. Keep it outdoors and it will need water more often.
Now get ready for the compliments from all of your friends.
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