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Pruning Succulents


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.

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

What to do this March!

Here are a few ideas on "things" to get done around the garden.  Indoor and outdoor tips and have you done it lately ideas!

Check them out.

Right now in season are grapefruits, navel oranges, pineapples, tangerines, cauliflower, new potatoes, and rhubarb.  Did you know that you can plant many of these fruits and veggies in garden planters.  We offer tons of tips on planting these and more here in our blog sections.  Check them out!

Prune your roses.  Early spring is the time to shape and trim most rosebushes.  Remove the damaged or diseased branches.  If you have ever blooming plants, prune even more to encourage healthy flowering all season.  Climbers, which we love, and shrub roses that bloom just once, however, should be pruned only after flowers fade.  All roses are easy to pot and if you set the pot next to a garden wall or decorative pillar it's easy to get them to climb.

Continue to fertilize houseplants, prune and re-pot if necessary.  To be sure plants on windowsills get an even amount of light , rotate the pots a quarter turn each day.  You can always place the heavier pots on a lazy suzan for easy turning.
Open the windows and let the fresh air come into your home.  Do the same in the attic and basement if you have those.  Your potted plants are not the only things that need fresh air throughout the year.

Outside check all potted trees for broken or damaged limbs.  Clean winter debris from top of potted plants so the top soil is exposed.  Remove, leaves, and brush that may of blown onto them.  Remove winter mulch you may of placed on top to protect them.  Bring your summer blooms out of storage and the garden bulbs that you have.  Pot them and start watering them now or keep them inside till after the last frost.
Spring is coming - be prepared. 
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 9:51:17 AM 

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