Why choose a succulent garden?
Succulents are a wonderful choice for an indoor garden because they’re incredibly versatile. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, with different varieties thriving in a multitude of climates. Your succulents will go from small and compact to tall, trailing plants depending on how you choose to grow them, so it’s easy to adjust the size of your garden as needed if you move into a smaller space.
They’re also extremely easy to care for. Because they require little water and sunlight, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises if you forget about your succulent collection for a week or two. Even better: watering them too much is often more harmful than watering them too little!
Succulents are easy to care for.
- Succulents are a great choice for beginners because they are drought-tolerant, low maintenance, and easy to propagate. They can be used in containers or landscaping.
- They don’t require much watering once established and mature plants lose fewer leaves. This means less cleanup if you’re not into that sort of thing.
- There are many different types of succulents, which makes them very versatile in their use as houseplants or outdoors. If you have one type that doesn’t do well indoors (like some cacti), try it out on the porch first!
- There are different varieties of succulents with varying degrees of care required: hardy ones like aloe vera and jade plant will survive nearly anything while others such as echeveria need more attention from an attentive gardener. Choose accordingly based on your time commitment level; don’t worry though–most succulent plants do well when given proper care!
Being such wonderful plants to grow, there is a lot that can be said about them! Let’s start here for now before moving on to specific tips about how each type needs its own special attention…
Succulent gardens thrive when they have bright light. Place them in a western or southern window – east and northern windows are too shady for most succulents. Plants that aren’t getting enough light will stretch out, fade in color and grow unusually long stems as they stretch towards the window to find more light. Plants that are getting too much sun will burn: the leaves turn brown or black and shrivel up. South-facing windows are usually too strong for most indoor plants, except cacti which prefer very bright sunlight.
As with all plants, succulents will require water, but you must be careful not to drown them. Their roots do not like to remain in too much moisture for too long. If the root system is healthy and functioning correctly, it will create air pockets and suck up only the amount of water that it needs, leaving the rest to evaporate into groundwater or dispersion into the air. If there is an abundance of water in the soil, it will become more dense and compacted and will restrict oxygen flow to the roots. This can cause root rot and other fungal problems that can kill your plant(s).
Remember: less is more with watering succulents! Only allow them a little bit of water when they really need it rather than a lot of water every so often just because you think they need it!
Soil and pots
Choosing the right soil and pot will make all the difference in the health of your succulent or cactus. While there are some differences between succulents and cacti (succulents can be non-cacti plants, but all cacti are succulents), they share similar preferences when it comes to growing media. Succulents and cacti prefer a porous, fast-draining soil mix that is slightly acidic (pH 5.5 – 6.7). The best way to ensure that your plant has these conditions is to buy a commercial cactus/succulent soil mix containing perlite, pumice, sand, and bark chips or peat moss. It is important to avoid using garden soil for your succulent because garden soil retains too much water, which leads to root rot in most succulents/cacti.
When choosing a container for your new plant friend you should keep in mind that it is better for them to be underpotted than overpotted; pots that are too large hold too much water causing their roots to rot and die! If you do go with a larger pot make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom so excess water can seep through the pot rather than collecting at its base where the roots will sit and become damaged by sitting in wetness. Be aware that terracotta pots tend to dry out more quickly than plastic pots so if you want your plants watered less often then terracotta would be better for you!
Succulents, like any plant, can benefit from a little feeding. You don’t have to fertilize your succulent garden more than a couple times per year, but doing so can help keep your plants healthy and vibrant. While you should avoid giving your plants too much fertilizer (as they do not need a great deal of it at all), using the right fertilizer and giving it to them sparingly will make your garden truly pop!
To begin with, use liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength on all succulents that are actively growing—spring and summer is the best time for this. It’s worth noting that every plant responds differently to being fed; some are sensitive to too much fertilizer. Succulents are among those that can be sensitive, but in general—use half strength throughout spring and summer, then stop for the rest of the year.
You can also go with granular fertilizer if you’d prefer. You’ll want to apply granular fertilizers during the warmer months only as well, but feel free to stick with full strength rather than diluting it. The only thing you need to worry about is overdoing it; too much fertilizer isn’t good for your succulent garden
Temperature and humidity
Cacti and succulents are native to a variety of conditions, but most require warm temperatures (between 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit) and low humidity. While high humidity can be great for tropical plants, most succulents prefer dry air. If your home is very humid, you can try using a dehumidifier to create drier conditions for your plants.
Propagating succulents and cuttings
Succulents are easy to grow and propagate.
- Propagation by division: If you’ve got a succulent that is getting large and unwieldy, or simply has a ton of pups (baby plants) around it, you can separate it from its pups to create multiple plants. To do this, wait until the plant is dry, then use a sharp knife to cut the pup from the main plant. The wound will need some time to heal over, so give it about 1-2 weeks before watering the plant. After that time has passed, water it as usual and watch your new baby succulent thrive!
- Propagation through leaf cuttings: We take advantage of this type of propagation all the time–when we are trimming an old or dead leaf off our beautiful succulent babies we remove them with a clean snip at the base and re-pot them directly into soil (make sure they are dry first!). In no time at all they will form roots where they touch the potting mix and begin growing as their own little plant!
- Propagation through stem cuttings: If you’ve got a longer stemmed succulent (like an Aloe or Jade Plant), cutting about two inches off of one of these “canes” helps promote new growth on both the mother and baby plants. Simply remove those two inches with a clean snip at an angle and place in well draining soil. Make sure that both plants have enough light while they adjust to their new state!
- Propagation by seed: This method is possible but not always successful because many times there could be trouble with germination rates or lack of pollination between male/female flowers in order for seeds to be produced! But if you do get lucky enough to find yourself holding seeds from one of your favorite evergreen beauties, use moist soil in pots or flats and cover with plastic wrap until sprouting occurs which
Weeding and pest control
Many succulent and cacti enthusiasts will take advantage of the hardiness of their plants, and go a while without weeding. This is something that’s possible with these gardens—plants usually don’t compete well with succulents, but it’s still good to keep an eye out for weeds or other garden pests that might try to sneak in.
While most people who have planted succulents in their homes or gardens have never had any issue with pests, there are some common problems that can arise. Mealybugs are one of the more common issues for these particular plants. They’re small white insects that tend to cluster by the base of plants, and they love to feast on cacti. They also infest some other types of plants, so if you see them at one plant in your garden, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check your other plants for signs of them as well.
The second most common pest problem is aphids (pictured above). These bugs aren’t quite as easily visible as mealybugs are, since they’re smaller and can cause little black dots on leaves instead of clumping together like mealybugs do. Like mealybugs, aphids love to feast on sap from your cactus’ stems and leaves. To get rid of these pesky critters at home or in your garden, try using an organic pesticide soap solution that targets aphids specifically!
Designing a succulent garden
Succulents are the perfect plants for busy people. Despite their delicateness, they’re hardy and resilient; you can treat them as much like a cactus, water them irregularly and they’ll still survive. If you want your plants to look gorgeous, give them consistent watering and lighting, but if you just want something that’s going to survive, succulents will do that effortlessly.
Because of this resilience and because of their diverse shapes, sizes, and colors, succulents are the perfect plant for designing a beautiful garden with. You can put together a striking arrangement with very little knowledge of gardening or plants in general—so don’t feel intimidated! And if any part of your garden dies out or gets damaged over time due to neglect or bad luck (ahem…pets), no worries—just propagate it! These plants are so easy to grow from cuttings that regardless of your experience level with gardening or succulents themselves, you’ll find it very easy to replace any dead pieces in your garden without having to buy new ones (unless you’re trying to expand your collection).
Succulents are a low-maintenance but beautiful way to brighten any space.
Succulents are a low-maintenance but beautiful way to brighten any space. When cared for properly, succulents can thrive both indoors and outdoors and make excellent additions to gardens. They grow in an array of shapes and sizes, come in a variety of colors, and bloom year round. Succulents should be planted in soil with good drainage and watered every two weeks or when the soil is completely dry between watering. Plant your succulent with plenty of room for growth (a minimum of 3 inches) so that it doesn’t become overcrowded over time, as this can stunt its growth!If you want to make a beautiful and unique succulent or cacti garden, then this is your lucky day! We have all the information you need to get started.
Here’s how to start:
First, pick out some pots. These can be practically anything from old cereal boxes to coffee cups. The only thing that matters is that they have good drainage (meaning there are holes in the bottom).
Next, you’ll need potting soil and pebbles for drainage. You’ll also want a spray bottle for watering.
Once you’ve got your supplies, it’s time to fill the pots with soil and pebbles. Then, spray the whole thing with some water so the soil is damp but not soaked.
Now you’re ready to plant! With succulents, it’s important not to press down on the soil once they’ve been planted. Doing this will prevent them from growing properly.
After planting, water lightly with a spray bottle every few days. Make sure you don’t overdo it as too much water will kill your new plants!
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Succulents are popular among people who may not have experience in taking care of plants. The reason they’re a great first plant is because they are very forgiving, meaning they can withstand fluctuations in watering and sunlight.
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It’s easy enough to take care of succulents, but you will need some basic supplies: soil mix made specifically for cacti/succulent plants; potting containers; drainage holes on each side at the bottom (if you don’t want water sitting on top after watering); fertilizer; plastic wrap or aluminum foil over the soil surface until seeds germinate (to protect from mold); and if possible, a propagation mat under each container with many small holes drilled into it so excess moisture doesn’t collect beneath them (this helps prevent rot). Once all these things have been purchased/prepared, it’s time to start planting!
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