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Potted Succulent Arrangements



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Succulents come in so many sizes, unusual shapes, colors and textures that it is hard to decide what to buy and how to pot them up.  So, here we have a few tips that we hope will help that process become easier and at the same time, create lovely arrangement.

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First you want to decide on what type of container and style of succulent arrangement you want.  How about a themed display like "camping", "the beach", at the farm, or a certain type of colored plants.  This really is the time you can get creative and crafty.  Making a themed arrangement is fun and very easy.

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So, pick a container that adds to the display.  A old metal picnic basket makes a wonderful "at the sea" arrangement.  Any flowerpot will also work.  Just remember that it doesn't need to be deep and it must have drain holes.  No succulent likes to sit in standing water.  The roots will drown and the plant will die immediately.  Standing water also attracts fungus so that is never good.

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Now when selecting the type of succulents, you can choose all of one color.  Do you want just large, green plants that all look the same and require the same amount of sun and water.  How about creating a beach potted arrangement with plants that look like coral and seaweed.  With bold colors and spiky branches.

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Maybe a farm theme where you place a toy tractor in the center of the potted succulent arrangements and surround it with moss for grass and plants that look like fields of corn.  You don't always have to pick special succulents to add.  You can use seashells, colored rocks and little ceramic animals or fish to the potted succulent container to make a themed statement.

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As a last point you never want to mix plants that don't go together. If a plant needs direct sunlight and very little water you don't want to mix it in the same container with plants that need partial shade and more water.  Just read the plant tags on each variety and see what you can put together to create a wonderful, playful succulent arrangement.

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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2018 1:55:27 PM 

Smashing Succulents Potted



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With more and more frequent & severe droughts becoming the norm, more and more folks are looking for ways to save water and still keep a potted garden.  Buried jars called "ollas' help to seep water onto the plants roots, along with times drip systems.  Why not start with a plant that is drought tolerant and save half the battle.

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Succulents are hardy and know for being durable when it comes to watering needs and schedules.  They come in all shapes and interesting sizes, from soft fuzz to spiky spears.  They are easy to grow, easy to divide and easy to maintain.  Who doesn't like all of these things.

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Have you ever seen a bed of hens & chicks.  So colorful, and interesting.  In Arizona we love the prickly pear cactus with their big mickey mouse ear pads.  Many potted succulents come in reds, blue and purples.  Who doesn't love that touch of color in your garden containers?

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Potted succulents love poor soil, low water conditions and dry shade.  If you are in a humid climate you can still grow succulents but you must make sure that the garden container you use has excellent drainage. Otherwise the succulents roots will rot and the leaves and stems will attract fungus.  Make sure that there is good air circulation around the container as with any time of potted plant.

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Most garden centers have potting mix for succulents & cactus and we recommend starting with these first.  Try potting a focal point plant in the center of the container.  Yucca are great because they shoot up and out and are outstanding looking. Then place smaller succulents around the focal point and  fill in.  Try to keep frost tender assortments together and low growing ones with slow growing ones.

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If you are looking for an outstanding display place a tall dracena tower in the center of a large planter with trailing succulents around the edge.  This really makes a huge statement.  Mix variegated ones with herbs, flowering companions, and ornamental grasses.  Mix it up!

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Post Last Updated: 6/20/2018 11:32:11 AM 

Smashing Succulents



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Add structure, color and exotic flair to your garden throughout the year with smashing succulents.  Planting succulents in large garden planters works really well in the West, where drought tolerant plants thrive.  Succulents have strange and exotic looks making your planters truly stunning and different.  From spikes, sticks, paddles, leaves, tubes, fingers or whatever you want to call them, succulent plants are really unusual and uncommon looking.

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What is a succulent?  Well, they are basically plants with thick skins that hold moisture. This makes surviving in heat easier.  The most common are Jade and aloe which everyone has had at one time or another.  Potted succulents are really easy to grow because they don't need a lot of attention. However, by not following a few easy steps when it comes to watering you can have real problems.

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Potted succulents can survive in poor soil with low water.  They like coarse, porous soil if you have a choice.  You can test the soil to see how long it takes water to soak into.  It is best to start the pots off with potting mix that is made specially for succulents.  You can purchase it at most garden centers and nurseries.

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During the summer months when you can be gone as long as 2 weeks on vacation, most potted succulents will be fine.  These types of plants like to go bone dry and do not like moist soil.

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You don't need a large yard for these types of plants because they love the confines of garden containers.  You can plant an array of types of succulents, in the same pot with no adverse effects.  String of pearls a succulent that looks like a woman's necklace is perfect when draping over the side of a planter.  If you have never seen a succulent called Lithops, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  They look like garden candy with bright colors, and fat bulbus leaves.  Check them out.

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Succulents are very popular right now and finding a good supply is getting easier and easier.  If you can't find them locally go to the computer since they ship beautifully.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 2:26:44 PM 

Pruning Succulents



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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 11/27/2017 11:08:25 AM 

Stretched Succulents



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 7/26/2017 1:07:37 PM 

Tips For Growing Potted Succulents



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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Post Last Updated: 6/28/2017 3:06:20 PM 

What Is Wrong With Your Potted Succulents?



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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.

1.        Giving them too much water:  You are used to watering your potted flowers 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.

2.       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 pot based on the depth being twice as deep as the plant.  Make the width three times as wide.

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3.       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.

4.       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.

5.       Make sure the planters soil 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.

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These are just a few tips but they are very important ones.  

 
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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:37:35 PM 

Great Projects With Succulents



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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 planter and 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 container to 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.
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 12:51:59 PM 

Succulents Even In Winter





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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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