Succulents

Gardens with succulents

How to create gardens with succulents: step by step guide

Gardens with succulents, which have unusual shapes, fuel the interest in new landscapes compared to ordinary ones. Indeed, these gardens look exotic: being so sophisticated in appearance, one might think succulents are difficult to grow and care for. In fact, these are among the easiest plants to grow because they are able to be very healthy even in extremely unfavorable climatic conditions due to their ability to retain water inside them, thus having an enlarged form (hence their name). The key to success in creating succulent gardensit lies in choosing the right type of soil and light. An occasional watering is enough to make your seedlings shine. If, therefore, your intention is to create a green area full of succulents, you will first need to understand some fundamental points.


First, choose a partially sunny location in your garden. Make sure the location stays in the sun for at least part of the day, especially if your garden includes cacti. Prepare the garden soil by removing grass and weeds and breaking up the earth with a shovel. Create a draining soil for your succulents by combining equal parts of sand and suitable soil, perhaps also adding gravel or pieces of pumice stone. Pour these substances into a space of your garden and mix with the shovel, so that they join the earth. Plan the placement of your succulents. Put them all together if you want a garden that doesn’t have any empty space, but leaving a few centimeters away to give them enough space to grow and spread. Keep in mind that the plants can take a few years before they are fully grown, but if you plant them yourself rather than buying them ready, you will be able to save some money.


Wait a week before watering your garden to allow the roots to harden. Water the succulents until the soil is completely moist, usually for no more than five minutes, depending on the size of the garden. Water the plants at least twice a month during the spring and summer and once a month in the other months in the fall and winter. Check before watering to make sure the soil is mostly dry and avoid giving them excess water, otherwise the roots may rot. Fertilize the plants once in spring and once in midsummer with a fertilizer rich in phosphorus. As you well know, there are endless varieties of succulents around. To design gardens with succulents,

Gardens with succulents: which plants to choose


At this point, let’s see what are some of the species that can be good for gardens with indoor or outdoor succulents. Sedum morganianum, or Buttertail, flaunts all its beauty when hung in a basket. This plant has overlapping gray-green or gray-blue leaves that grow up to 3 meters in length. Sedum morganianum is native to Mexico and prefers to be in areas hit by medium to high intensity sunlight for best performance. To grow Schlumbergera, or Christmas Cactus, let the top 2 inches of soil dry out between waterings and keep it drier in winter. When the plant is in bloom, pay close attention, because, even a slight dehydration or a ‘ excessive dosage of water can cause the death of the flowers. Place this plant in a position where it can enjoy medium to high intensity of sunlight and fertilize it three times in the summer using a suitable fertilizer for better flowering.

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