A Guide to Succulent Gardens
Succulent plants look gorgeous when grown indoors, but what looks more attractive is a succulent garden. Succulents come in various shades, textures, and forms to create living art objects in your home or garden. If you want to grow a succulent garden, here is how you can take a quick and easy start.
Choose The Right Succulents to Start Your Garden
It's up to your personal preference to select succulents to start your garden. For instance, selecting ones with the same care and maintenance requirements will help ensure a better outcome. The best thing to do is group every plant with the same watering and lighting needs together. Some succulents relatively grow much larger, so it's essential to offer them a big place in your outdoor garden. If you don't have enough space, it's good to plant only one or two as the centrepiece and plant around them smaller plant species like echeveria or crassula plants.
Succulent Gardens Need Six Hours of Light
Succulents like bright indirect sunlight, so it’s essential to spot them in a location that gets about hours of light per day. In the morning, place your plant outside so it can get plenty of light. Place it near a south facing window when placed indoors so it can also get enough sunlight there. To place and grow your succulents indoors, you must rotate them regularly to ensure every side receives enough light. This is especially important for succulent arrangements! If you notice your plant's tall and skinny growth, it's a sign of inadequate light.
Ensure Good Soil Drainage
Succulents thrive perfectly in well-draining soil, so get the soil ready before you start planting them outdoors. With clay soil, it's important to add about five inches of your new succulent soil to the already existing clay soil to offer an excellent thriving environment for your succulents. If you want to grow an indoor succulent garden, try a solid mix of about 50% inorganic matter such as pumice or perlite in 50% soil to ensure better drainage. The best way to check if your soil is adequately porous is to make a tiny soil ball and moisten it if it remains intact, it indicates your need to add more perlite.
Be Selective About Containers
The plant containers are very important for the better growth of your indoor garden. If the container has adequate drainage holes, it will work. For new succulent gardeners, terracotta containers are a good option. These pots are porous and have better drainage, which is what this group of plants require. A suitable size of the pot is also essential for your succulents. Always ensure the pot is not too large for your succulents as it can lead to overwatering. As a rule of thumb, select a container that is 10% larger than the size of your succulent plants.
The essential thing for your succulent garden is to prevent overwatering, be it indoors or outdoors. You always need to water your succulents thoroughly or keep watering until the water seeps out of the drainage holes. Also, it is good to check your succulents' soil to ensure it is completely dry before watering again.