How to grow succulents in the garden, or containers.
Succulents can make a mighty impressive statement in your garden. Imagine a border or mass planting of these flowering Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. Not only hardy, but super easy to grow, and especially eye-catching!
Succulent plants grow well also as container plants, making a striking addition to a sunny patio or balcony; all with minimal care.
Where to plant?
Succulents like a mostly sunny position.
What type of growing medium?
Successful succulents grow at their best in an open growing medium.
Buy a commercially packaged medium suited especially for cacti/succulents or, a home-made blend will work just as well using equal quantities of both coarse sand and potting mix. Adequate drainage is then guaranteed; an essential for keeping healthy succulents. Healthy succulents are attractive succulents!
With just a leaf, or a small piece of succulent:
This can be a reliable way of adding to your collection of succulents without incurring any expense. These will grow into a parent plant one day too.
Let dry out over several days to one week before planting, and these mini-succulents will ultimately get a foothold and prosper.
When to water succulents:
Succulents will still grow healthily, with a somewhat minamalistic approach to watering.
In hot weather and exposed garden positions: Succulents grown in these areas may need watering, just once in a fortnight.
Container plants have the potential to dry out more readily than those in the open ground. Press your finger into the growing medium around a potted succulent to feel just how dry it is, and determine whether it needs watering. If it’s not dry to touch, don’t water.
During the colder months: Now there’s little need to water succulents; their inbuilt storage capacity will hold succulent plants in good stead throughout the winter.
Fertilizer for succulents?
Succulents will appreciate a weak solution of a seaweed based tonic during the Spring and Summer months.
- Pre-water succulents before adding tonic
- Use at half strength, each two to four weeks