You just purchased or better yet created your own succulent garden container. It is sitting in the middle of your patio table looking marvelous. Then one day you notice that it's looking a bit unruly and you figure out that they are growing. Even though potted succulents are slow grows they do GROW! All plants even succulents will eventually need to be re-potted. In the meantime how about giving them a little trim? Here's a few tips to help.
Pruning a potted succulent container is pretty simple. Start by keeping the container clean of dead leaves or buds that have fallen off. As you succulent starts to grow new leaves you need to remove the bottom ones closest to the soil. If you don't the soil will not dry out completely between watering and the leaves will start to rot. Just pinch them off with your fingers. Did you know that removing leaves like this can encourage new growth in most potted plants?
Now to the pruning part. Succulents do best if pruned at the beginning of their growing season. Spring time is the best time but that doesn't mean you can't prune though out the rest of the year, it just means Spring is best. If your arrangement is grouped closely together you may need scissors or tweezers to get between the leaves without smashing them trying to move them out of the way.
It goes without saying that this is a good time to remove any plants that look sick or dead. You can fill in gaps with new plantings or cuttings off your existing succulents. The last step we like is what we call pot topping. Use decorative rock to cover the soil of the arrangement. It really adds a lovely touch and gives the planter a finished look.
Succulents are so popular right now and right fully so. They are stunning and come in such a variety. They are easy to pot and make wonderful wall and table decorations. They are easy to grow if you follow the correct growing tips. But, what about those ones you thought would remain compact and small and instead of over grow and stretch out. Here are a few comments.
When you have potted indoor succulents they are usually slow growing. But, when they don't get the light they need they tend to stretch out, reaching for any light. The potted succulents will bend and twist to get the light they need.
Even though potted succulents look better if they get the light they need they will still grow well in low light. The leaves will be farther apart and the stems will twist but they will still grow. If you place a pot of succulents in low light it will eventually die. If you move the plant to a better light situation it will not go back to it's original shape.
Basically what you want is for your potted succulents to get as much indirect sunlight as possible. The next time you see them leaning toward the light just move them closer so that they won't stretch out.
Everyone is into succulents right now. With there unusual shapes, colors & styles you have such a wide range to pick from that everyone can find what they are looking for. Potting them up and placing them around the home is very popular. Whether indoors or out, these potted plants can turn a OK patio into a patio with pizazz!
Tip 1: You must be prepared to experiment. Some varieties do better than others depending on where you live. If you take the time and invest a bit you will have a greater possibility of success. Even those most potted succulents have the same basic needs you still have to consider the items that make your succulent plants success unique.Like what type of garden container you will use, potting mix brand, and how much light is available.
Tip 2: We always recommend terra cotta garden planters because the clay breathes which makes the root system of the succulents healthier. Terra cotta is a natural product and even though it is not the most decorative it adds a natural looking beauty to any plants or succulents that are potted in them. However, if you live in a dry environment it means you will have to water more often. Make sure what ever container you select, it has a drain hole.
Tip 3: Use a potting mix that is made for succulents. Never use soil directly from the ground. This is true for all potted plants not just succulents. If you have soil already then add some pumice to it before potting. It retains water and yet dries out quickly. Potted succulents are drought tolerant so you can be a bit abusive to them but if they are drying out in one day you may want to add more organic soil to the mix.
Tip 4: Lastly, you may realize that you will not have 100% success. This is normal and should not discourage you. Like we said in Tip 1 you must be up for experimentation or you could be disappointed.
Succulents are making a huge comeback right now. Everyone
wants them potted on their patio, porch and even indoor garden planters. The problem is you killed them in a few weeks
and you are not sure why. Here are a few
tips on what may have gone wrong.
them too much water: You are used to
watering your pottedflowers daily and even enjoy the process. But succulents are very different. They can get by with less water than a typical
houseplant and are more like a cactus.
The planters soil should be cool and damp to the touch but never
saturated or soggy. Sometimes itís even
easier to mist the soil instead of feeding it directly for best results.
The pot is way too small. Maybe you found a flowerpot that was super
cute and you thought it would look great with your succulent planted in
it. Just make sure there is room for the
roots to grow. Itís best to select a
garden potbased on the depth being twice as deep as the plant. Make the width three times as wide.
Is the drainage in the container? Planting succulents in cute containers like
tea cups or a cowboy boot are fun but if they donít have proper drainage the
plant will not survive.
Make sure the weather is warm enough. Donít place the clay planter in a drafty
window or out in cold weather. Keep them
in an area that is pretty consistent.
Make sure the planterssoil is rich enough. If not, then stir in some organic matter into
the mix. This way the potted succulents
get the feed they need in order to be healthy.
These are just a few tips but they are very
There are so many kinds of succulents available now days and you can easily find yourself standing there at the garden center staring at them and not sure what to do. Here are a few suggestions we saw in Sunset Magazine that should help.
Living Cactus: Start with a neutral colored garden planterand fill with cactus soil. Plant baby barrel cactus and thimble cactus in a off center arrangements and top with dark gravel. The gravel protects the roots and soil but also adds a consistent look and decorative touch.
Succulents in a recycled vase. Mounds of tiny succulents can be packed into a 3" tiny re-purposed containerto create a wonderful look. Fill the pot with moss and pack them in. Use glass, plastic, ceramic, clay or pretty much any type of mini planter you desire to achieve this look.
Even if you don't have a patch of ground, you can quickly create an indoor dish garden to brighten your home or give as a gift, this time of year.
Small specimens of cactus and succulents are ideal for these tabletop pots, and many plants can coexist happily in the same container.
Part of the fun in designing a min garden is choosing plants, pots and textured mulches.
Cactus & succulents have very shallow roots and don't need a deep planter. You can use round, rectangle or square. Whatever you like. We offer some lovely glazed planters that come with saucers that are perfect for this type of planting.
Here are a few tips to take into consideration:
Many succulents and exotic plants will last through the winter with very little care. If you use plants that aren't hardy make sure to place them in a sunny spot indoors.
After a year or two, plants may outgrow their containers. Transplant them into bigger pots and re-group them in their containers.
The number of plants you need depends on the size and number of containers and the size of the plants. If you buy two few, they will fill in by the end of the season. If you buy to many you can cram them together into the pots.
Either way works.
Next spring, examine the soil in the containers. Tiny seedlings of moss rose may be sprouting. If left undisturbed, they will produce colorful blooms once again.
Get kids involved in these types of projects. Kids love the texture of succulents and they will read out to feel the smooth and prickly surfaces.
Choose plants so that at least one will bloom in every season. With thoughtful choices, you can have all season color.