13 Useful Succulent Tips

February 11, 2011



Robin Stockwell

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Succulents are well suited to being grouped with other low-water plants in containers.

Succulents are well suited to being grouped with other low-water plants in containers

 

  1. All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.
  2. Care instructions for succulents are often generalizations and awareness of the needs of individual varieties will usually result in better results.
  3. Succulents are low maintenance, not no maintenance.
  4. Succulents are plants that have adapted to environments in which water was not available for long periods of time.
  5. There are three environments that caused this adaptation, the desert, hot and dry, the alpine regions, cold and frozen, and the tropics, wet and salty.
  6. Many succulents appreciate some shade or protection from intense sunlight. Most do well in as little as 2-3 hours of direct sun each day.
  7. Succulents appreciate soil that is well aerated and drains well. Coarse bark or crushed lava work well for this, sand does not.
  8. It is the nature of a succulent to be very efficient at collecting, storing, and using water. Generally succulents are also efficient in their use of nutrients.
  9. Succulents appreciate regular feeding, but because of their efficient nature they are happy with smaller doses than most plants.
  10. Most balanced fertilizers work fine at a low dosage rate and no more than once each month.
  11. Succulents get bugs and diseases like other plants, so watch for signs of a problem and use your expertise to find a solution to the problem.
  12. Succulents, like other plants, will be healthiest when they get the proper mix of water and nutrients and the appropriate environment.
  13. The foliage of succulents is quite attractive. There are a number of things that can damage the foliage making it less attractive. Protect plants from snails, earwigs, and hail.

"Succulents are the conservationists of the plant world"
— Robin Stockwell




Robin Stockwell
Robin Stockwell

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