ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Gardening With Succulents

Updated on February 27, 2015
Source

Gardening With Succulents

Gardening with succulents is a wonderful way to add attractive, low maintenance plants to your backyard garden and landscape. They come in an amazing array of colors and forms. Low-growing types, spreading varieties and larger specimens all lend to add interest to your sunny spot!

Succulent is a term that classifies a very large group of plants that have developed the ability to conserve moisture. They are able to survive extended periods of drought, or your accidental neglect. Plants in this category are able store water a number of impressive ways.

Moisture is stored in the succulent plant’s stems, their roots, or their leaves. Their motto: We Thrive on Neglect! Succulents have gained in popularity simply because they are so easy to grow and care for. They are as beautiful as they are indestructible!

Source

Succulents Survive!

These plants survive harsh summer conditions that would prove fatal to other plant varieties. From the arid deserts of North America, to the vast remote plains of Africa ~ succulents survive! Not only do they endure . . . they thrive!

Succulent plants sport a variety of leaf forms and growth habits. Thick canoe paddle-like leaves, small teardrop leaved plants that cascade, and tall or spiky leafed focal point plants, even little rosettes that spread for groundcover. Each is so interestingly individual, and may be planted to stand alone on its own, or combined for a carefree combination garden planter.

Many succulent varieties are widely known to many backyard gardeners already. Agave and Aloe are probably names that readily come to mind. Sedum is another plant family that may be placed in this category as well, but research your specific variety’s cultural information to verify its hardiness.

Succulents In A Dish Garden

Succulent Dish Garden ~ Mixing Color and Leaf Forms.
Succulent Dish Garden ~ Mixing Color and Leaf Forms. | Source

Succulents in Containers

Succulents Are Low Maintenance Plants

Their ease-of-care make succulents a great choice for hard to grow full sun areas. They need not be limited to a garden location. Trailing varieties make wonderful hanging baskets. They can enjoy life as a stand alone specimen, or gathered together sharing a combination garden planter. If space is a concern . . . try mixing just a few succulents together in a smaller planter and create a colorful dish garden.

Keep in mind what they require, and sit back and admire!

A Jade In The Pansies

A mini Jade planted among Pansies.
A mini Jade planted among Pansies. | Source

Potting Mix

Dranage is the key to succulent success. Select a soil mix that allows water to drain well. You may also amend standard potting soil with additional components that aid in draining the water away. Perlite, sand and pea gravel will increase aeration of the roots and allow the pot to drain better. If your planter lacks drainage holes, add them. I prefer to use containers that have large drainage holes, and I place coffee filters at the base of the pot prior to filling it with soil. This helps to contain the soil within the pot. The water escapes while the soil remains!

Potted Succulent

Lazy Lizard Planter ~ Sempervivum ~ Hens & Chicks.
Lazy Lizard Planter ~ Sempervivum ~ Hens & Chicks. | Source

Light Exposure

Succulents prefer nice bright light. They love a sunny place with direct sunlight. Monitor their progress after transplanting into a sunny garden spot or windowsill ~ if the move was sudden. They are susceptible to scorching if not tempered to adapt to it’s new well-lit home. If it can’t be a gradual moving out, then provide semi-shade until your succulents become accustomed to their new surroundings. Once they shake off a bit of transplant shock, they should settle in right at home in their new location.

Close-up Of Sempervivum - Hens And Chicks
Close-up Of Sempervivum - Hens And Chicks | Source

Fertilizer

Succulents are not heavy feeders. However, during summer’s growing season succulents do benefit from receiving a diluted liquid fertilizer. The feed given to houseplants is perfectly suitable for your succulents. Cut out the feed during the winter months - entirely. They need to rest during the winter, and don’t need to be stimulated with plant feed at this point in time.

Grouping Of Sempervivum Ready For Market
Grouping Of Sempervivum Ready For Market | Source

Water

Summertime succulents flourish. Water them regularly. Proper drainage will eliminate pooling of water . . . the kiss of death to succulents. Rot may occur, and once established, will signal the demise of your lovely plant. Wintertime succulents go dormant. Restrict watering to only once a month, or even every other month.

Beautiful Plant Grouping For Succulent Dish Garden

Source

Succulents Are Drought Tollerant Plants

Succulents are not demanding, fussy, nor difficult to grow. Their drought tolerance is unsurpassed in the plant kingdom! Succulents rule!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR

      NotTooTall 

      5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Riviera Rose,

      Yes, me too now that spring is just about here. Succulents are like potato chips though, you can't have just one!

      I thin them out and they get new homes all over the yard. They really love stone as mulch, too.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub.

      N T T

    • Riviera Rose profile image

      Riviera Rose 

      5 years ago from South of France

      I have a lot of succulents (have even hubbed about them) but I need to have a major repotting session now. I've been wondering whether to pop in some bulbs to add a bit of colour. Love your idea about coffee filters - brilliant! Voted up and beautiful.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)