Patio Succulent Gardens

 


Most succulents are excellent choices for indoor plants. Crassulas especially are very good at removing carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air.

 

Succulents are not desert plants like cacti. In general, they prefer more water, more shade and cooler temperatures.

 

Easy to grow:

 

Succulents can survive for long periods of time without water. During periods of drought, lower leaves will often fall off, the plant may appear shriveled, and change color, but when watered, plants revive.

 

Light:

 

Most patio succulents will thrive in a partially shaded to full sun location. Indoors, patio succulents will do best in bright light.

 

Fertilization:

 

Succulents may be fertilized once or twice a year when they are actively growing, which is usually spring and fall. They need more moisture during this time.

 

Maintenance:

 

Many succulents have a dormancy period corresponding with lower temperatures and light levels (winter). Summer heat and drought (neglect) may also force them into dormancy. Water sparingly till new growth appears. Dead leaves may be removed. If fresh leaves become detached, leave them in the pot. Many succulents will grow a new plant from a single leaf it left under the shade of the mother plant.

 

Pests/Disease:

 

White cotton lint may indicate mealy bug. Remove by swabbing with a Q-tip dipped in alcohol. Good ventilation, adequate light and careful watering will prevent most diseases in succulents.

 

Hardiness:

 

Succulents are found in nearly all hardiness zones. Tropical varieties need protection from frost, while hardy varieties often do well year-around in an indoor container. In general, they tolerate cold temperatures best if soil is dry.