Many of our favorite indoor plants are succulents. They come in such a wide array of shapes, sizes and colors. Plus, they are hardy plants that can thrive in challenging conditions. Gardeners – both those with years of experience and those who are just trying it out – find succulents easy plants to please. They really are the perfect all-around plant.
This time of year, you are probably not doing a lot of gardening outdoors. You don’t have to put your spade away all winter though. Creating some stunning indoor succulent arrangements by planting some choice varieties in containers. At Dietz Floral Studio, we always want to ensure that gardening is a successful endeavor for you. So, we have provided some helpful answers to the most common questions about growing succulents in containers.
What Should I Plant Succulents In?
This is an important question because succulents have unique root systems. Their roots tend to be more shallow than those of other types of plants because succulents store water and nutrients in their leaves. When choosing the right pot for planting your succulent arrangement, look for one that is wide and not very deep.
Succulents are also very sensitive to the amount of water in the soil. Overwatering and standing water can actually kill the plants. For this reason, you should select a container that has drainage holes at the bottom. If you fall in love with a container that won’t allow moisture to drain, you can always make it a DIY project. If the material is sturdy enough, you should be able to drill holes in the underside of the pot.
What Varieties of Succulents Should I Use?
The possibilities are endless. Plant arrangements can have a really dynamic, interesting look by combining multiple varieties of succulents in the same container. When selecting the types that you would like to work with, keep in mind their different needs for light and watering. Be sure to review the care instructions for the plants before making your final decision. You should look for succulent varieties that have similar needs. This is especially important if you plan to move the planter outdoors at some point.
How Should the Plants be Situated in the Container?
This is where it’s fun to play and get creative with your plant arrangement. Take advantage of the wide selection of succulents available and select a few different varieties which complement each other. By positioning plants of differing height, color and texture next to each other, you are designing a piece of living art. Just keep in mind the scale of the plants in relation to each other and the container which you have chosen. Succulents can also be planted close to each other as long as taller plants won’t be creating too much shade for the shorter ones.
What Type of Soil do the Succulents Need?
For indoor potted succulents, the choice of soil is very important to keeping the plant arrangement healthy. You should select one of the specific potting soil mixes available for succulents or cacti. These soils are formulated to drain moisture and dry out quickly.
You can also make a succulent soil mix yourself. Simply blend equal parts of regular potting soil with coarse sand, gravel or pumice. This composition will ensure that the dirt doesn’t get too compact which would cause it to hold on to excess water and result in root rot.
How Should the Succulents Be Planted?
Fill the container about three-quarters of the way full with the succulent soil mix or your DIY soil and gravel blend. Situate the plants on top of this base soil before filling in the rest of the space with the soil mix. This will give you the opportunity to move them around and get the arrangement just right.
The height of even the shorter plants should be above the rim of the container. Plus, the surface of the finished arrangement and soil should be concave so as not to create a low-lying area for water to build up or sit.
When Should I Water the Succulents?
After planting the succulents in the soil and gravel mix, water them thoroughly – but just once. Make sure that the extra water flows out and the container drains. Then, keep your eyes open over the next two weeks that it’s time to water again. Symptoms include puckered, wilted or dull leaves. If you suspect that the succulents are drying out, put your finger into the soil in the container. When it’s dry even an inch down into the pot, the plants are ready for another drink.
What Are the Final Touches I Should Include?
Before you can say this project finished, here are a couple more tips. Prop the container of succulents on top of pot feet. These will provide extra drainage and airflow for your indoor plants. Then, cover the soil inside the container with a decorative gravel mixture. This just elevates your arrangement to the next level.
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