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Easy to grow succulents

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Succulents are rock stars of container gardening

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The succulent frenzy looks to continue, and if you are not on the bandwagon yet, you have been missing one of the hottest trends of the last five years. This trend has turned designing mixed containers on its head as it partners rare beauty with low maintenance.

Today’s garden centers and many florists, however, offer incredible choices to let you be the Monet of your easy-to-grow container.

To get started this growing season, pick a container that suits your style. It can be old world clay, a wooden trough, a handmade hypertufa or even a large shallow bowl. The mandatory criteria will be drainage holes and a good desert-like soil mix.

Succulents are tough-as-nails performers because they store moisture in their roots, leaves and stems. Drought-like conditions can wreak havoc on most container-grown plants, but not succulents. In fact the arch enemy will be too much water or inferior drainage, which is one reason many designers go with a soil mix geared toward cactus. They are low maintenance in that they require very little fertilizer, no constant deadheading.

Read the full article: Miami Herald

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.