Succulent plants are sophisticated, colorful and easy to care for, even in the hottest summer weather. They have an almost architectural appearance and come in shades that range from acid yellows and greens to fresh blues and striking reds.
However, some succulents are prone to rot or death by mummification. If you’re a succulent newbie, follow the tips below.
Avoid soil mixes that are rich in organic matter, Even those labeled as suitable for cacti and palms can contain a lot of woody material instead of the coarse sand that succulents need.
Succulents love lean, well-drained mineral soil, sufficiently porous that water runs almost straight through it. You can modify too-rich potting mixes by picking out the too woody pieces and making a 50/50 blend with coarse sand.
Be sure to plant succulents with other succulents, not with plants that require rich soil and consistent moisture. Apply a low-dose fertilizer during spring and summer to compensate for a lack of nutrients in the soil mix.
Stick with succulent plants that are uncomplicated and you’ll enjoy greater success. Here are a few great choices that are easy to grow:
Paddle plant offers winter color and whimsical shape. Because these plants bolt after they bloom, be sure to cut off the bloom stem. Take good care of the remaining plant and it will produce many new offsets that can be harvested and rooted.
Tree aeonium colors range from deep burgundy to black to cream. This species develops a thick trunk and may branch into sizable subshrubs that produce foot-long, cone-shaped stems of vivid yellow flowers.
Agave roughly the size of a volleyball and rock hard at maturity, its leaves are edged in white lines.
Echeveria is a collection of truly awesome succulents, offering dozens of different-colored hybrids that look great in a container or a yard. Choose these in person instead of by mail order to get the colors you want.
Blue chalk sticks can be shrubby or low spreading depending on the form you buy and whether you shape it. The truest blue of all the succulents, it has pencil thin, upright leaves.