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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 

How To Propagate Succulents in Winter



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Have you ever tried to propagate a plant?  How about a succulent?  Everyone knows that it's easy to propagate a plant during summer. All you have to do is stick a leaf cutting in dirt and walk away.  When it comes to succulents in many cases just a dropped leaf will root themselves in dirt without any help from you.

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However, to propagate during winter takes a few more steps.  It's different not difficult.  If you have a window ledge next to a south facing window where succulents leaves can be placed.  It's a cold spot that gets sun and moisture from condensation on the window.  Just lay them on the sill

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After a few weeks they leaves will start to put out new growth and the roots become fuller.  These cuttings didn't get any special care.  If for some reason you want them to root faster, try dipping the cut end into rooting hormone before  putting it by the window.

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Finally when it comes to taking cuttings from succulents it's really esy.  Carefully break or cut off a piece of the leaf or stem and there you go.

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Post Last Updated: 12/13/2017 2:12:05 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 

Make a Faux Succulent Planter



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Using fake succulents to make a garden container is not only smart but economical.  Not only do the new faux succulents you can get at craft stores look real but they come in a huge variety.  Not all garden centers carry the vast variety that you can find in faux.  And yes, they really do look real.

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First select a garden container.  We like a large garden bowl or bulb pan.  The width allows for a larger variety of plants spread out instead of them all piled up on each other.  Once you decide on the planter, cut a piece of styro foam to fit inside and approx half way up the planter.  Use glue to attached it to the bottom of the planter.  You may need to criss cross the top of the foam with clean tape attaching the tape to the sides of the planters. No body will see these when you are done.

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Next cover the foam and tape with moss.  Bags of dried moss are available at all craft shots.  Just tuck it around the foam and fill in the gaps with it making sure that no foam is showing.  If the planter is going to sit on a patio table or coffee table we recommend placing the succulents first in the foam then covering the foam with small decorative rocks.  This will allow for rain run off to drain properly.

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Start with the large faux succulents and place them in the middle and one one each side.  Press them into the foam once, do not keep making the holes bigger, just one good punch thru and it should be the height you desire.  Now place med fake succulents ending up with the smallest size.  Use these to fill in around the sides of the garden planter.  Add a string of pearls to drape over the side.  Make sure to work on all sides and you fill in.

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If the potted container will be where wind can get to it we recommend you use a craft glue to glue the stems of the faux succulents once punched thru.  If you are using moss then lay down a bead of glue first and press the moss down firmly on top of it.  End with any decorative touches.  A raffia bow, garden rocks, flower picks.

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 2:03:11 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 

Succulent Watering Tips!



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Have you ever purchased a beautiful potted succulent at the neighborhood garden center then take it home and kill it before you can even get it transplanted?  Well we have.  Watering succulents can be the trickiest part of growing and maintaining them.

Everyone struggles with this issue even the most educated gardener. So, here are a few tips to help you master your own issues.  And, the next time you visit your garden center looking for a new potted succulent you will know that you now have the tips to keep your plants happy.

Let's start with a few obvious issues.  Always use a garden container with drain holes. Succulents don't like sitting in standing water.  Next make sure you have well draining soil.  Succulents don't like to sit in wet soil for very long.  Having well draining soil in your planter with a drain hole is critical.  Don't use a spray bottle when watering. Succulents like to be soaked not sprayed.  Water in between your plants then on top of them.

When you soak the soil only, this tell the succulents to drink up because a drought is coming.  Once you water don't do it again until the soil is completely dry. This takes a few days.  As a general rule if you are using the correct soil mix is to water every 4 days or so.  If you live in a arid climate like Arizona, then you will water more often than a humid climate like Oregon.  Just look at the roots and see if they are too wet they will rot and die. If too dry they will stop growing.
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Hopefully you know have some great tips to help when growing and maintaining your  potted succulents.  Just keep your eyes on the way the plants look and try your best to make the right adjustments.  It may not always work but you are on your way to having a better chance of success.
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