Succulents have recently become the hottest plant around. People just can't get enough of them. Growing them can be a bit tricky, but with the right information - you will be a pro in no time.
We've decided it's about time for a guide to create the perfect succulent garden. Before you begin, check out the simple list below for everything you'll need:
- Hand shovel
- Gardening gloves
- Planting container
- Variety of succulents
- Succulent / cactus soil (important for drainage)
- Drainage netting / window screen / landscaping fabric
- Rocks for drainage
- Rocks or sand for decorative top layer (optional)
1. Choose your pot and create holes in the bottom for drainage.The holes will keep the succulents from over hydration.
2. Cover drainage holes and add succulent soil. If the drainage holes in your succulent planter are large, you'll need to cover them with drainage netting before adding the soil to your container. If you don't have drainage netting, you can improvise by cutting a piece of window screen or landscaping fabric to the size of the bottom of your pot. Place your netting, before adding the soil. The screen will keep the soil from washing out when watering your plant.
3. Add succulent soil. Place a two-inch layer of gravel on the bottom of the bowl. This provides drainage because succulents don't like wet roots. You may add a healthy layer of the cactus potting mix, a fast-draining soil that retains little moisture.
4. Plant your succulents. Play around with your succulent arrangement! You can start with your largest succulent. It isn't always necessary to place it in the middle. Once you’ve decided where each plant will go, pull the succulents out of the starter pots and loosen the roots from the soil. Don't worry about planting them too close. You want them to have a lush, crowded look, so make sure to fill in every gap.
5. Add soil wherever it's needed. You want all roots completely covered.
6. Water. No need to add water if the soil is still slightly wet. The root systems of succulents are very good at providing moisture for the plants, so be careful not to over water. You may want to skip a week before giving it its first soak. But if the soil is dry - you can water them as necessary.
With these steps in mind, you will surely have your perfect succulent garden at home and who knows - you might end up selling some of them in the future!