Growing and Caring for Succulents in your Garden
If you are planning to grow succulents in your own garden, you must know that your chance of succeeding will be two-folds if you know the particulars. But unlike growing normal and traditional plants in your garden, cultivating and growing succulents is doubly challenging for the simple reason that you first need to create a specific condition in your property that’s highly similar to their native or natural habitat. If you’re not aware of it, succulent plants ideally grow on warm and arid atmosphere and they only need very minimal rainfall.
So, if you really are serious in building a garden full of succulent plants, you need to read our tips below.
1 – How to Grow Them Ideally
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First things first, you need to ensure they grow on a dry environment and their roots have sufficient drainage. If they get rainfall more than what they need, the roots become the first casualty since they easily could rot if t2he soil is soggy. The fact is only very few of these succulent plant species are able to survive below freezing temperatures outside.
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2 – Watering
No doubt the most important aspect of succulent care you need to understand is that these plants are quite unique since they are able to survive on stored moisture for the longest time possible, which literally means they don’t really need that much water. In instances in which the soil dries up because there is no rain, the roots of these plants will desiccate, but if you give them just enough water, they easily will regenerate. It should be enough to water your succulents once every week during summer and then once every two weeks in spring and fall. Watering them once a month during the winter is also enough.
3 – Sun and Shade Concerns
For succulents to grow normally and ideally, you need to give them a half day of sun. As such, you need to therefore put them under the sun during the morning. But then again, there also are other factors you also need to consider and are related to sun and shade, including but not limited to elevation, season, latitude, temperature, and the location of the garden.
4 – Container versus In-ground
Although succulents are uniquely challenging to grow, the nice thing about them is that you get to be successful in growing them regardless of where you live or location is. Those fussy varieties are ideal for containers or in sheltered microclimates. Because succulents are generally shallow-rooted, it means that you get to grow them in pots and their growth won’t be affected in any way; and best of all, you get to move them from one place to another.
Lastly, it’s easy to prevent pests from ruining your garden and all you have to do is make sure there is enough air circulation for them and in the presence of pests, use a spray solution made up of rubbing alcohol and water.