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How to Plant Drought Smart Succulents
Succulents are popular for many reasons. They need little water and are easy to grow anywhere. If you’re busy, travel frequently or are guilty of a little neglect, succulents are for you. There’s only one rule: Don’t overwater! They will rot.
The forms of succulents are varied and colorful, and they flower, too. Many are cold hardy, while others thrive in mild winters. Ask your Garden Center associate which is right for you.
- Use containers or dishes with drainage holes and fill 3/4-full with a potting mix for cactus and succulents. Combine arching, spreading and towering plants for a winning combo or mass in containers beneath tall plants.
- Or select a sunny location in the garden where soil drains well. Use as a groundcover to edge walks or tuck into walls where soil is thin and little else survives. Amend with sand or soil conditioner if needed. Remove plants from pots and place in shallow holes. Cover so that 1/4” of roots are out of soil.
- Feed with a half strength solution of water-soluble fertilizer and water well.
- Top with decorative rocks or mulch.
- Water only when soil is dry.
TIP: Succulents are perfect for terrariums.