Hi, I’m Tricia, a California organic gardener. Succulents are unique and beautiful. These fantastical, drought tolerant
plants are easy and fun to grow in containers. Succulents are tough plants for every climate,
not just at the beach or in the desert. And I recommend these two books “Hearty
Succulents” and “Succulent Container Gardens” which explain how you can grow succulents
in virtually every climate. If you’ve never grown succulents before, the ones I’m going to show you today are great ones to start with. Succulent genus such as Kalanchoe Aeonium Agave Aloe Echeveria Sedum and Sempervivum. Before you choose your plants or your
containers, you need to decide what kind of
arrangement you want. Is it indoors or outdoors?
Do you want it big or small? Is it going to be a window decoration
or door decoration like a wreath, or maybe a patio accent? Succulents also make beautiful centerpieces. Once you decide on an arrangement you can choose your plants! Choose a plant that’s a focal point and
then choose plants that harmonize with it. Odd numbers are more visually pleasing
than even numbers. Succulents can be grown in virtually any
kind of container, as long as their cultural requirements are met. Shallow containers are often chosen
because most succulents have a shallow, laterally growing root system. Tall containers are good too because it
will allow the succulent to tolerate more water which is good in wetter climates. Shallow containers hold
an even amount of moisture throughout. Tall containers have more variation of
the wet and dry, being more dry at the top and wet at the
bottom. It also matters what kind of material
your pot is made of. Pots made of non porous material like
metal will retain more moisture, which is great for arid climates. Porous pots like unglazed terra cotta
might be better idea for wet climates. Succulents like light soil. A good recipe
is half ‘n half mix of high quality potting soil with perlite. Pumice will also work. You can put a little mesh or a piece of
paper towel at the bottom of the pot to prevent the soil from going through the
hole. So you want to plant your succulents starting with the biggest plant and working your way down. I suggest top-dressing the container with some pebbles or crushed rocks. It helps keep the perlite from
floating away, as well as keep moisture from the
base of the plant. And it looks pretty! Your succulents don’t need a lot of water.
The plumper the leaves, the less water they need, and it’s okay to let them dry
out in between watering. Succulents are not cacti. Most prefer dappled light instead of direct sunlight. Some can stay outside all year long, others need to be brought in for the winter, or it can grow all year long on a sunny windowsill. So plant succulents and Grow Organic for Life!