Taking care of plants and flowers in your garden can be a little too time-consuming. Busy people cannot pour as much time in their garden as they would want to.
Deciding to grow succulents in your garden or to use for a design element in your patio will allow you to enjoy beautiful plants with a fraction of the work.
Even if you are a very passionate gardener that loves to spend as much time as possible out in the garden, adding a flower bed to grow succulents is still a great idea. Succulents are extremely easy to take care of, because they hold water throughout their body.
That’s is why succulent plants can survive and sometimes even thrive in low water environments. Almost all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Their need for only minimal water, unusual but attractive shapes, and exotic colors are the reasons they are so trendy.
How to care for succulents
Choose the right one
Deciding what kind of succulent to can be a tough call. You would need to consider many factors such as where you want to grow your succulents, choose the ones that will fit that particular location. There are many different types of succulents to choose from.
Low light plants for indoors and full sun plants for outdoors. Since succulents are low maintenance plants, they are perfect for decorating your living room.
A good option would be Aloe vera plants, they are succulents and also clean your indoor air. Of course, you need to decide which ones are the most beautiful to you.
If you are using a flower box to decorate your patio or deck, you can get succulents to fit the kind of light you have in your outside space. For beginners try growing the sempervivum tectorum or “hens and chicks,” sempervivum means to live forever, this type of succulent propagates fast.
As the name implies, this type of succulent grows fast and thrives even in the harshest environments. Outdoor succulents thrive in full sun such as the aeonium arboreum or zwartkop; this beautiful black rose produces dark burgundy rose-like leaves which like to grow in clusters.
The aeonium davidbramwellii or sunburst is another lovely outdoor succulent. It is a tri-colored plant because of its green, yellow and white leaves. These are known to grow up to two feet high.
Depending on how and where you want to set up your succulent garden you would need to acquire the appropriate containers for a particular design. For indoors you can house your plants in large open containers.
It is vital to use containers that drain well. Using clay or ceramic pots are best because you can quickly create holes at the bottom. In case you will use containers that have drain holes make sure to have a drain pan or a second drain container to catch the excess water.
You can still use glass containers to capitalize on their transparency. In case you do decide to use containers that do not have a drain hole then just use a mister to water your plants or water it lightly. Succulents have been known to die from too much water, so it is vital they don’t drown.
For the outdoors like your patio or deck, it is best to use containers that have drain holes. This way you can water your succulents properly without worrying too much about the possibility of accidentally killing them from overwatering. The excess water will drain away.
Other than traditional pots you can also use flower boxes to house your succulents which you can use to decorate your window, patio or deck.
Succulents need soil that drains well to thrive. You can purchase gritty soil mix which is a succulent friendly mixture. If you prefer to work with the soil in your garden then just make sure to create a special mixture just for your succulents.
Mixing expanded shale, crushed granite or perlite into your garden soil will ensure that your succulents can thrive in their new home. If you do not mix in any of the soil amendments mentioned, then you risk your plant’s health.
Clay or compact soil retains too much water and will cause your plants to drown and eventually die. Take the time to make sure your plants have a healthy growing environment by giving them healthy soil.
Succulents can survive with very minimal water. That is one of the unique benefits of growing succulents. Unlike regular plants which generally require watering daily, succulents just like cacti need far less.
You can get away with watering your succulents once a week, sometimes even longer. As a rule of thumb, you need to wait until the soil has completely dried out before you go ahead and water your plant again.
If you are growing your succulents outdoors, then use a garden hose to spray them with water generously. Stop watering them once you see water escape through the drainage hole.
In case you do not have a hose nearby then you can use large pitchers of water, or an old-fashioned watering can work too. For Indoor plants then you can use a pipette or a small container to apply water directly to the soil.
While you don’t necessarily need to add fertilizer to your succulent, it would be good practice to give your plant some extra nourishment in the form of a slow-release fertilizer. If you make your own compost at home, then a nice helping of home-brewed compost tea would be a treat.
Taking care of succulents are one of the most straightforward gardening tasks you will ever come across. Make sure to choose the right type of succulents, select the ones that will thrive in the area you want to grow them in.
Here are twenty different succulent types classified for either indoors or outdoors. Choose the ones that are most appealing to you. Better yet drop by your local nursery and ask the resident expert about the best succulent plants that thrive in your area.
Make sure to add soil amendments to your garden soil for best results. Remember that almost all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti, this being true, water your succulents at least once a week and you should be good.