Houseplants 101: All About Succulents


You can’t just collect succulent. You need two, or 5, or two dozen. Many succulents are well-suited as potted plants, as well as the dazzling variety of forms as well as colors will make you want to keep adding more into the mix. Here is actually a simple guide for planting an arrangement of succulents, propagation as well as care… as well as showing you a few varieties to get you inspired.

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Succulent planting DIY

The Basics

  • When planting out succulents, the most important factor is actually to avoid having a pot of which retains too much water, or else the roots might rot. A wide, shallow pot that has a drainage hole as well as saucer is actually recommended, as is actually gritty, free-draining soil. (Any soil labeled for cacti as well as succulents will do.) For a little extra sweetening of the soil as well as further protection against root rot, line the bottom of the pot that has a thin layer of horticultural charcoal. Top off the planter with gravel mulch.
  • Most succulents love as much sun as possible. Not every single one, yet most of ‘em do. (The #1 rule with any plant you bring home is actually to read its label.) Grow succulents outdoors if possible, or within the sunniest windowsill in your home; if they don’t get enough sun they grow etoliated, or, pale as well as leggy due to a lack of light.
  • the idea’s better to under-water than to over-water. Sempervivums noticeably ‘stand on tiptoes’, or use their bottom leaves to raise themselves upwards, when their soil is actually too damp.

as well as in case you’re doubting how quickly a succulent planter can fill in… the bottom two photos were taken one year apart. (The two additional planters are my doing, though.)

Arranging Succulents

You can create a container garden by filling a planter with succulents. Think contrasting elements of design: size, shape, coloring, texture. This particular creates visual interest as the succulents grow into one another (don’t forget to leave the plants some breathing room). The tactile quality isn’t just visual, either – I also like examining their surfaces with my fingers, even the toothed edges of the aloe.

A few suggestions:

  • Something tall
  • Something ground-covering
  • Something rounded
  • Something floral
  • Something feathery
  • Something fuzzy
  • Something spiky
  • Something genuinely spiky

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This particular Aeonium ‘Tricolor’ grew quickly to a height of 30cm (12″), where the idea took on a open-branched habit that has a solid trunk, in stark contrast to the clumping plants underneath. the idea includes a yellow/green/pink coloration of which grows stronger in summer.

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This particular Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ (‘Schwartzkopf’) needs a pot to itself, as This particular species can grow to 4ft within the ground (though smaller within the pot). These striking purple-black plants are very easy to grow in warm, dry climates, although they like a dash of extra water compared to some other succulents.

Succulents In Bloom

Succulents are known for their colorful foliage, yet their flowers are also worth your consideration. The flowers can be a surprise when they appear, as not all of them bloom in summer, as well as some of them are absolute show-stoppers. You can try planting a mass of succulents in one location to create a wall of solid coloring – echeverias can be planted as a spreading groundcover of which produce many orange flowers raised on stalks, while Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ are cultivated for their pink as well as purple blooms.

Sempervivum pups

Frost-Hardiness as well as Succulent Coloration

I’m lucky enough to live in a climate where I can grow most succulents outside year-round (USDA Zone 9b; read more about hardiness zones here). Some succulents are hardy enough to withstand below-freezing temperatures; in fact, certain varieties of sedums as well as sempervivums can even survive to -25º F (-32º C). More fragile succulents can stored indoors or in a cold frame over winter, provided they have enough light as well as they’re safe through frost.

Some succulents, like jades as well as Christmas cacti, actually won’t bloom unless they meet a cool temperature requirement. Leave these outdoors until the first frost.

As for succulent coloration, This particular can be brought on by cold weather, water stress, or both. Many succulents take on different coloring tones through summer to winter, like This particular echeveria which turns pink over the summer as well as fades to a pale blue in cooler weather. Basically, don’t treat your succulents too well; neglect = better coloration.

Bowl succulents arrangement

Succulent Propagation

Succulents are easy to strike through pups (offshoots of which grow through the base) or even through leaves. Place one end of a broken-off leaf into just-dampened soil, as well as within a few weeks the idea will develop roots. the idea’s dirt cheap to collect baby succulents! I’ve been filling in this particular planter with mini sempervivums as they appear.

By the way, if you’re wondering about the difference between echeverias as well as sempervivums, which greatly resemble one another, here you go: Sempervivums are known as ‘hens as well as chicks’ because they produce so many pups. They continuously reproduce through these offshoots, as well as once they flower, they die. Echeverias flower each year, yet they’re also less frost-hardy. Either way, you should definitely enjoy the show.

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Have fun with your plants as well as happy succulent collecting!

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