Succulents are unique and beautiful. These fantastic 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. If you’ve never grown succulents before, the ones I’m going to introduce today are great ones to start with, such as Kalanchoe, Aeonium, Agave, Aloe, Echeveria, Sedum and Sempervivum. These plant seeds are available online.
Before you choose your plants or your containers, you need to decide what kind of arrangement you want. Is it going to be 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 your arrangement, you can choose your plants. Choose a plant that’s a focal point and then 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 their requirements are met. Shower containers are often chosen because most succulents have a shallow laterally growing root system. Tall containers are also good because it will allow the succulent to tolerate more water which is good in water 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. Plant your succulents in decorative flower pots will add more interest to your home.
Succulents like light soil. A good recipe is half and 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 keeps moisture from the base of the plant and looks pretty. Your succulents don’t need a lot of water. The plumper the leaves, the less water they need. 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 window sill.