Growing Succulents - A Quick And Easy How-To Guide
Planting a succulent garden is a fun and easy activity, and I will share with you some ideas on how to start growing succulents in your own garden. As an avid gardener myself I look for any excuse to get outside and do something in the garden. Time though can sometimes be in short supply. This activity is something that can be done quite quickly and with very few materials. It's also easy enough for young children to join in the fun!
Now, my garden is small so I just have to think a bit more compactly than those with lots of space to play with. Succulents are a great way to add color, variety, and a unique feature to the garden or patio, even in the smallest of spaces. Now let's get started!
You'll need to get yourself a small pot with a good drainage hole in the bottom. Succulents don't like soggy soil, so buy soil that is made specifically for succulents or soil that will offer plenty of drainage. For a few dollars you can buy yourself a small succulent or if you know someone who is growing succulents already, ask if they will give you a cutting of theirs. Later on when your succulent gets bigger you can make cuttings of your own. This will be a great time saver as well as easy on the pocketbook.
Place the soil into the pot leaving an inch or so of the pot exposed at the top. Dig into the soil in your pot to make room for the new succulent or cutting, then place the succulent into the pot and cover the roots or base of cutting with soil. Be sure to leave an inch of pot exposed at the top. Water and place in a sunny spot.
That's it! You have now started an attractive succulent garden. You can continue growi
ng succulents using this process with more small pots or move to larger sized pots and plant several succulents together. Succulents retain water so be careful not to over-water. Let the soil become dry before watering again and you will have a wonderful addition to your garden or patio for years to come.
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