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How do I Create a Succulent Garden?

There are myriad of benefits when it comes to creating a succulent garden. Not only succulent plants purify the air and add fresh oxygen to the environment but also set positive effects on both mind and body. The good thing is, growing a succulent garden is quite easy and simple. Let’s find out how can you do that step-by-step:


Step #1: Choose the Right Temperature and Light Conditions


The very first thing that you need to do while planting a succulent is to choose a site with the right temperature and light. Most of the succulents grow better in a sunny environment. However, some can be grown in the shade as well, but they might look different from the species growing in the sun. For instance, Sedum morganianum is found in a variety of colours ranging from regular green to vivid blue-green to even grey.

If you live in a colder climate, you can choose hardy succulents such as Sempervivum, Sedum Acre Aureum, etc. These succulents can even survive in temp3eratures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.


Step 2: Get the Best Soil for Planting Succulents

Since the native habitat of most succulent plants is dry and sunny slopes, they need drained soil for perfect growth. You can use standard potting soil having a blend of fine gravel and fine bark. The bark is considered to hold water and ensures a slow release of nutrients without compromising on air circulation. While gravel helps to hold heat and drainage.


Step #3: Create Some Creative Containers for Succulents

Once you have chosen the spot and made the soil ready, it is now time to design containers for succulents. As most succulents have shallow roots and playful shapes, they are perfect candidates for creative containers. Make sure the container you choose has drain holes.


Step #4: Consider Colour, Scale, and Texture

Most succulents have a unique look; some resemble rosettes, some form a dainty textured look while some look like chubby little branches. Therefore, when planting them in a container you should also keep in mind the scale, colour, and texture. It will help you create a beautiful arrangement.

Although the types of succulents you choose and how you arrange them is a personal choice, it is crucial to select a plant that is in alignment with one another. Since succulents have the potential to store nutrients and water in their leaves, their root system is extremely dense. It means you can plant succulents close to each other in containers.


Step #5: Take Care of your Succulent

If you reside in the region where it rains once a week, you will hardly need to water your plants, watering them only during dry and hot spells. However, in a climate where there is considerably no rain, you will need to water your succulent garden at least once a week.

In comparison to most plants, succulents require less fertilizer and water. However, if you have kept them in pots or containers, they will need nutrients. You should fertilize them with all-purpose fertilizer (diluted at 1/2) during the growing season. If your succulent plants are becoming discoloured, you should check the amount of water you are adding. If the discolouring is starting at the bottom, it is because of overwatering, and if at the top, you need to water them more.

Growing a succulent garden is quite easy and satisfying. Hopefully, this blog gives you good ideas to get you started. Stay in touch for more information on succulents and their growth.

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