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Tips and Tricks for Growing Succulents


If you want beautiful yards that can survive extreme drought conditions, it is time you become familiar with succulent gardening.

What are succulents?

Succulents are plants with highly specialized anatomy that allows them to withstand prolonged drought conditions. They are the plant world's camels, and like camels, they store water for later use. If you see a plant with fleshy stems, roots, or leaves, it is most likely a succulent.

Leaf Succulents

This is probably the succulent most everyone can recognize. Examples include Aloe, Agave, and Jade Plant.

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Stem Succulents

The type of succulent stores large amounts of water in their stems, usually round, columnar, or swordlike.

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Root Succulents

Some succulents store their water underground in large tuberous roots.

How to Care for Succulents

All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. This means some succulents like dry heat, and others do best in the jungle's moist shade. It is a myth that cacti and succulents require little to no care.

Those succulents that prefer warm heat do best outdoors in full sun, while the jungle succulents love life under a shady tree or patio. All succulents and cacti require feeding during the growing season, just like every other plant. They need to be pruned or split when they grow too big. There is a succulent for almost every region of the world, even areas with snow, so do not worry that there is not the one you can grow in your area.

How to Display Succulents

Succulents do very well in containers, so if you have limited space or live in an apartment with a small balcony, you are in luck! Terracotta containers are ideal for tall plants. The terracotta's weight balances top-heavy plants, which means you will not come home to a toppled succulent.

Line a woven basket with plastic or an old dish, and you have the perfect vessel for spiny and smooth-skinned succulents.

Milky white succulents, or plants with white spines, look nice in metal containers. Just make sure the container is made of a metal that will not corrode. Stainless steel is a good option.

Do not limit yourself to traditional containers. These plants are perfect to plant in unique found objects.



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