A common example of a succulent is a cactus, but don’t be fooled: While cacti are succulents, not all succulents are considered cacti. Due to their unique design, these plants are quite hardy and can thrive under the care of even the least green-thumbed gardener around.
Although you may consider tending to just one species of succulent in a pot, consider creating a succulent garden instead. Succulent gardens frequently feature a variety of succulents planted near each other, offering a showcase of the different colors, shapes, and sizes. This article will focus on creating a succulent garden in a pot for indoor use; however, you can just as easily dedicate a spot in your garden to showcase succulents.
Whether you decide to plant a succulent garden outside or keep it indoors, succulents need bright light in order to thrive. If you decided to keep your plant indoors, some professionals suggest installing a sheer curtain between a hot south-facing window and your succulents. The sheer curtain allows for bright filtered sunlight without the harsh effects of direct rays from the sun.
Regularly inspect succulents for weak-looking stems and overly wet soil. If overwatering is an issue, consider increasing drainage by selecting a cactus soil potting mix or adding course sand or perlite to the soil.
Unlike other plants, most succulents can grow from a cutting from a mother plant and don’t require roots to grow. That’s just another reason why succulents are a great investment! You have the opportunity to grow more and more plants or give cuttings to friends again and again.
When considering succulents to add to your garden, it's best to make sure you select healthy plants from the start. Choosing healthy plants from the start will help ensure your mini garden is a success.
Look for succulents with tender, plump leaves. Avoid purchasing plants that look leggy or are too sprawling; healthy succulents tend to grow compactly.
Select a shallow vessel large enough to accommodate the quantity of succulents you’ll want to plant in your “garden”. Avoid crowding your plants together to allow plenty of room for future growth of each plant. Keep in mind that some succulents often grow “pups” or “chicks” (smaller offshoots) near the mother plant.
Like other plants, succulents are susceptible to root rot. Unlike other plants, succulents don’t need to be watered very often.
If you are worried about overwatering your succulents, a good rule of thumb is to check for moisture in the soil like you would check a cake for "doneness". Place a bamboo skewer or chopstick in the soil and check for clinging soil when it is removed. If the skewer comes out clean, you’ll need to add some water or even a few ice cubes to your garden (the ice cubes melt slowly instead of adding a lot of moisture at one time).