In case you didn’t know, succulents are the hot new trend for gardening this year. Not only are they popular because of their quirky good looks and flexibility in the garden, but succulent plants come in a seemingly endless selection of sizes, shapes, and colors, and can adapt to many different types of growing conditions. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, and are often attractive to first time gardeners because they are so easy to care for and look great with very little attention.
What is a succulent? Most plants that are from an arid climate and have fleshy leaves and stems to store water are considered succulents. This includes cacti, sedum, aloe, agave, echeveria, sempervivum, crassula, kalanchoe, and hundreds of other species. However, most gardeners use the term succulent to only include species with fleshy leaves. Any plant with spines is called a cactus, even though all of these plants fall under the succulent umbrella.
Compared to some other perennials, soil and watering requirements for succulents are a piece of cake. In fact, succulents thrive on a bit of neglect. Water succulents about once a week during the growing season, but let them dry out completely between waterings and never get the soil soggy.
Succulents can live happily in the contained world of a low bowl or pot. The only requirement is that there are drainage holes in the container so water can drain away from the roots of these plants. Pack a variety of succulents together to make a mosaic of color.
When planting your succulents in the garden, it’s a good idea to choose a potting mix created specifically for succulents; if you don’t have one, mix existing potting soil with sand or a handful of small pebbles or stones to create a more porous growing medium for your succulents.
If you’re on a mission to find the perfect succulent to grow in your home or garden, chances are you’ll find it in the new Succulents & Sedums section here at Digger O’Dell Nursery. We’ve got all shapes, sizes, and colors and we’d be happy to help you find the perfect ones to mix and match. The opportunities are endless!