Succulents are easy to grow and maintain and can make a beautiful area of interest in your backyard. They are often kept as houseplants, but in mild climates will be quite happy outside as long as they are not in full sun everyday.
Considering that they are a desert plant, they are also a lot hardier than you would expect. Many varieties will easily survive the winter outside and go on to produce new offshoots in spring. Succulents come in a wide variety of colors and shapes and many of them produce beautiful flowers in the summer months that will fill your backyard with sculptural blossoms.
If you are limited for space, or have a small patio area that you want to fill, then using planters and pots for your succulents is ideal. Using pots also means that you can move your succulents in the winter months, to keep them out of the cold weather.
Choosing pots of different heights can make an attractive display on a patio and if they are extra-wide, you can fill them with several different types of succulent, such as Burro’s Tail, Jade Plant and Short-Leaved Aloe. Make sure that your pots have plenty of drainage in the bottom of them, succulents don’t like being waterlogged. If you are using regular compost, mix this with a little fine gravel to make a grainy soil that your plants will thrive in.
Succulents like to have enough space to grow, so if you are planting into containers, don’t cram them in. Large succulents like the Aloe Vera can grow extremely rapidly and you will find yourself repotting them frequently. However, repotting too often is a cause for an Aloe plant turning red.
You will be better off planting Aloe Vera straight into a bed, or large planter. When succulents grow, they will produce mini versions of themselves as offshoots. If your plants don’t have enough space to do this, you will often find that the lower leaves begin to rot. The succulent offshoots can be removed however and placed root down into another pot and these will easily grow, creating a whole new plant.
One of the benefits of planting succulents is that they require very little care and maintenance. You won’t need to water them often as they are used to dry conditions. You certainly won’t be constantly dead-heading them in the summer months.
Don’t place your succulents in direct sunshine for too long or the leaves will quickly become crispy and dry – the Sempervivum types are particularly prone to this. Feed your plants every few weeks, or you can use a natural fertilizer made from stinging nettles soaked in water or comfrey. In the winter months, cover them over with a hessian cloth and they should survive the frost and cold winds.
A display of different types of succulent will make a wonderful focus point in your garden. Caring for them is easy, just don’t overwater them and give them plenty of light and they will repay you with beauty.
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.