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Growing Succulents

November 22, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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We’re making succulent container gardens, and you can too! Succulents have cast their spell over us! As soon as they showed up in our nursery greenhouse we on the staff started taking our breaks at the succulent tables. First we were excited by the rainbow of colors of these unusual plants that store water. Then we focused on one plant at a time, marveling at the leaf forms. Then we went on a buying frenzy and at the end of the work day employees were seen carrying boxes of succulents out to…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. Succulents are unique and beautiful these fantastical drought tolerant plants are easy and fun to grow in containers.

Succulents are tough plants for every climate not just at the beach or in the desert and I recommend these two books "Hearty Succulents" and "Succulent Container Gardens" which explain how you can grow succulents in virtually every climate. If you've never grown succulents before, the ones I'm going to show you today are great ones to start with succulent genus such as Kalanchoe, Aeonium, Agave, Aloe, Echeveria, Sedum and Sempervivum. Before you choose your plants for your containers you need to decide what kind of arrangement you want. Is it indoors or outdoors, do you want it big or small, is it going to be a window decoration or door decoration like a wreath or maybe a patio accent succulents also make beautiful centerpieces.

Once you decide on an arrangement you can choose your plants choose a plant that's a focal point and then choose plants that harmonize with it odd numbers are more visually pleasing than even numbers. Succulents can be grown in virtually any kind of container as long as they're cultural requirements are met. Shallow containers are often chosen because most succulents have a shallow laterally growing root system. Tall containers are good too because it will allow the succulent to tolerate more water which is good in wetter climates. Shallow containers hold an even amount of moisture throughout, tall containers have more variation of the wet and dry being more dry at the top and wet at the bottom. It also matters what kind of material your pot is made of pots made of non porous material like metal will retain more moisture which is great for arid climates. Porous pots like unglazed terra cotta might be better idea for wet climates.

Succulents like light soil a good recipe is half n half mix of high quality potting soil with perlite pumice will also work. You can put a little mesh or a piece of paper towel at the bottom of the pot to prevent the soil from going through the hole. So you want to plant your succulents starting with the biggest plant and working your way down. I suggest top dressing the container with some pebbles or crushed rocks it helps keep the perlite from floating away as well as keep moisture from the base of the plant and it looks pretty. Your succulents don't need a lot of water the plumper the leaves the less water they need and it's okay to let them dry out in between watering. Succulents are not cacti most prefer dappled light instead of direct sunlight. Some can stay outside all year long others need to be brought in for the winter or it can grow all year long on a sunny window sill. So plant succulents and grow organic for life!

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Categories: Succulents Plants, Landscaping & Flowers, Container Gardening


Debra Lee Baldwin Says:
Dec 7th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Wonderful video, Tricia. (I’m going to borrow the fast-forward idea for my next one.) Lots of good info on the succulents and how to pot them. I’ll be sure to pass along the link. Many thanks for the mention!

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