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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



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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 

Cactus & Succulents In Garden Pots





Cactuses and succulents are great to work with for many reasons.  They are especially easy for the "gardener" who doesn't have a lot of time and knowledge of gardening.  They are relatively easy to take care of and since they grow slowly, you don't have to re-pot them frequently, you can leave them unattended for extended lengths of time and don't have to be exact when selecting a location to place them.

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Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems and roots.  That is why they look bloated, soft and squishy.  They can adapt to the arid desert landscape or the polar opposite - a beach climate.  You can find them at mountain cabins and residential front yards.  Of course the most recognized succulent is the "hen & chick" and they are adorable to grow.  Especially in a Arizona Pottery Chicken pot.

Cacti are a type of succulent but unfortunately for small children, pets and some adults, they have sharp spikes.  It is best to put them in a location where people are not likely to come in contact with them.  They are unusual in shape and size but interesting to look at.  Here in Arizona the cacti is sacred.

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Both types mentioned above really only require some direct sun year round and should be protected come winter time.  If you can move them indoors and place them in a sunny window - all the better.  If they are to large to move, try placing the large plant on a pot caddy and move it to a sunny patio area when necessary.

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The best types of pots to use are terracotta.   Because of the breatheability of clay it really keeps the roots from standing water.  A shallow container is also acceptable because the root systems are very shallow.  Try selecting a size  and style that compliments the succulents.  Don't place small cacti in a large container in anticipation of growth.  They will look silly and dwarfed.  These grow slowly!  Don't forget to think out side the box when selecting a container.  We love to use pocket pots and place a different type of succulent in each pocket.  This look is great!

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Fertilize once a month, select soil meant for this type of plant material and don't forget to water them.  Just because they don't need to be watered every day doesn't mean you can just forget about them.

Thats it!


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