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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As we all know most plants will eventually get root bound when grown in a garden planter. As a plant grows it's roots want to shoot out and expand. Eventually they will become intertwined, yearning to break free. Here are a few tips to help with succulents.
Turn the succulent over in your hand and gently loosen from the pot that it is root bound in. Carefully try to spread the roots a bit so that they are moveable and not bound together in a tight ball. Take the pottingsoil for the new larger planterand mix it with 1/3 sand. Succulents are desert dwellers so good draining soil is a must.
Once the succulents have been re-potted do NOT water. Wait a week before the first watering. This will give them time to adjust to the new pot and soil. Then water like once a month. It's tempting to over water but trust us they do not like it. Just make sure that the pot is placed in an area where there is lots of sunshine. If indoors put them on a windowsill. Outside move to a sunny area.
The main goal here is to let them have lots of room to grow, don't over water and place in a sunny window or area. Sounds simple so let us know how you do!
Of course, the correct place to start is by choosing a container with drain holes. If you find aflowerpot that you can't live without then you will have to drill holes because succulents hate standing or pooling water in the bottom of the planter. It's hard not to get emotional when choosing that special pot to plant in. Here are a few tips. Terracotta is breathable and is very healthy for any root system. Ceramic is water poof and comes in great colors and styles.
Poly Resin is lightweight but not breathable so not such a good idea sometimes and concrete is heavy and not breathable so watch out. Remember when it comes to choosing the right size of planter for your succulents a general rule is a 2" succulent works in a 2" pot. If you are going to group them together make sure they have room to grow. They look nice all bunched together but that doesn't give them any room to grow so beware.
Fill top of pot mostly full with soil. Make sure the leaves of the succulent sit above the soil to prevent rotting. Top off the soil with small rocks or glass beads. Press down into the soil so the succulents stay in place. This is the time to have fun and be creative. Use colored marbles, nuts in the shell, beads, or plastic colorful gems.
Once planted leave the pot alone for 2 days with no water. This gives the roots time to heal. Good luck and keep us posted.
Making a container Christmas tree out of potted succulents is smart & lovely! Check this out from Garden Delights.
Small 3 ft tomato cage
Needle nose pliers
Six bags of moss
Long handled wooden spoon
Floral Pins Terracotta Flowerpot & saucer
So, here we go.
Turn the tomato cage upside down. Gather the legs to a point and bend the wires
together to secure. Wrap floral wire around the gathered legs to keep them
Make a netting of floral wire by wrapping it vertically
around the tomato cage. After the
vertical wires are in place, weave through them horizontally. This netting will
provide support for the moss. You should
now have a tree form.
Fill a bucket with warm water. Add the moss and soak till
saturated. Squeeze out excess liquid.
Add handfuls of moss into the form starting at the top. Use the wooden spoon to
help push into crevices. Hide all the
Place the moss tree upright in your chosen container. The moss may drip so make sure you planter is
large enough and you have a saucer underneath to catch drips. Make sure everything is balanced before you
start adding succulents.
Use a pencil to pock a hole in the moss
and insert the stem in, securing it with a floral pin. Finish covering the form. This potted tree may be heavy so have someone
help you move it to where you want it displayed. OR better yet, place it in
advance and cover the area with a blank till you are finished making it. Spritz when completed.
You now have a live Christmas tree!