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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 

Compost Made Of What?




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Here are some tips on making compost simple.  Everyone knows that the success of any pottery plants is the foundation or soil used in the pots.  You can purchase high quality potting soil or you can follow some of these easy tips and create your own.  When it comes to successful potted flowers and plants, the soil mix is not the place to skimp.

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No frugal gardener would turn down the gift of plant food.  But that is what we do every time we place a bag of yard trimmings at the curb.  Save the cost of store bought fertilizers by turning garden debris into nutrient packed compost.  This is a vital ingredient to successful potted plants and flowers.  The first step is to chop garden clippings by running over them with a mower that has a bag attachment.
 
Layer or mix green fresh and brown dry materials.  Moisten materials as you add them to make the contents damp, but not soggy.  Once a week blend outer ingredients into the hotter center.  The best compost recipe includes a combo of carbon rich brown materials like dry leaves, plant stalks, pine needles and small twigs with nutrient green materials like coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells and veggie scraps.

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Carbon is the spark that starts the composting process.  Nitrogen fuels the microorganisms that decompose materials.  Try to add about 3 times as many brown materials as green materials.  Do not compost meat, bones, animal waste, dairy products, diseased plants, seeded weeds, plants treated with pesticides or any inorganic materials.  Keep adding kitchen scraps during the winter months.  They will decompose when the weather warms again.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:44:38 PM 



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