How to Grow Hardy Succulents, Growing Succulent Plants
Hardy Succulents are a common site in the drier, warmer, more arid parts
of the country. But, don't be surprised if you see a few of the hundreds
of varieties, in colder, wetter parts of the country. Their diversity may
well surprise you.
By definition, a succulent is a plant that holds water inside the tissue
of it's leaves, and sometimes it's stem. Water is stored during rainy periods,
and later used by the plant during drier times and periods of drought. Succulents
require little attention, a real plus for people with busy lifestyles.
Leaves of succulents are thick, and usually rounded. They are commonly formed
tightly around the stem forming a rosette". There is a wide range of colors.
Succulents are best known for their leaves. But, many plants produce attractive
flowers, in many different colors. A flowering winter cactus is a real treat.
Indoors or out, you will enjoy growing succulents. They find themselves at
home in a variety of garden settings. They look perfect and natural in rock
gardens. Succulents make great container plants. And, they are forgiving
when you go away on vacation. Succulents make good houseplants, too.
Did you Know?: A "Desertarium" is a terrarium for cactus and other
succulents. More on Terrariums.
Common types of Succulents:
When we think about succulents, the first thing that comes to mind is cactus.
However, the world of succulents is so much broader. Here are some of the
better known species of Succulents:
How to Grow Succulent Plants:
Succulents are easy to grow. With a vast number of species, growing conditions
will vary somewhat. Make sure to learn about the specific species you are
growing for detailed how to grow information.
All succulents prefer full sun. A well drained soil is a must. All succulents
suffer in wet soils. Succulents tolerate dry conditions and poorer soils.
When planting them, make sure the soil is well drained. Elevated the soil
of the area you are planting will help. Plant crowns at ground level of the
soil. Do not bury the crowns.
When growing in containers, mix 1/3 garden soil, 1/3 coarse sand or gravel,
and 1/3 loam.
As winter approaches, reduce the amount of water the plant receives. Cover
plants with protective covers, or bring plants indoors.
Some plant varieties are winter hardy, and require less winter protection.
Insect and Disease:
Succulents have few problems with insects or plant disease.
The most common problem is rot and fungal diseases, when exposed to wet weather
Many plant varieties can freeze in cold weather, especially extended freezes.
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