Succulents make amazing additions to a garden. Their shapes, colors, flowers and textures can add variety to any planting bed or container.
Although succulents are durable and tough you need to take proper care and pay due attention.
Succulents typically originate from the semiarid regions with irregular rainfall.
Forthcoming winter will require your special attention to protect succulents from frost. If you are growing succulents in containers, move them under a tree or the eaves of your house. Succulents grown in open garden can be protected overnight with a cover no heavier than a sheet; but be sure to remove that cover in the morning, so no moisture gets trapped underneath it to cause disease or pest problems. Keep these plants on the dry side.
If a succulent freezes, the cells that help it hold water tend to burst and turn the plant to mush. One of the trickiest times for succulents is when temperatures drop to freezing after a hard rain. Hail damage to the soft leaves remains visible for months or years.
During the spring season, when the plants show signs of growth, you should not forget applying a slow-release fertilizer. You may opt for using kitchen tongs or tweezers to remove dead leaves from the base of the plant, and dirt and fallen leaves trapped in the plant.
While growing succulents you should plan in advance. You may want to grow offshoots near your original plant, or if you may prefer to develop the main plant.
Offshoots can be easily moved to another location if needed. If your succulent has gotten leggy, you might have to behead it to give the plant a fresh start.
Spring season is also perfect for repotting your succulent plants and make sure the soil is still providing nutrients. It is advised by expert gardeners to use special cactus soil mix because it helps in balancing the potting mix with pumice. Ask for “Dry Stall” at the garden store.
While applying the mix it is better to use half soil and half pumice for most succulents. This proportion can be adjusted to 25 percent soil and 75 percent pumice with more fleshy plants. Avoid using and putting any type of crockery in the bottom of the pot. This could block drainage and lead to rot.
During hot summers you need to take extra care for the succulents and keep an eye on your succulents to protect them from sunburn. A plant that looks blemished or burned at the tips must be moved and probably needs more water. Water plants thoroughly once a week, making sure that the soil is moist.
White, grayish or red colored succulent plants need more light compared to the green ones. While growing succulents indoors, be aware of the fact that less light and air movement increase the possibility of disease and pests such as mealy bugs or scale.
Succulents can solve multiple garden problems and would prove as asset to your garden.

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