Ok, I admit it.. I can’t – not garden! So I’ve been getting a little dirt on my hands and in my kitchen with a little indoor gardening, specifically Succulents. Succulents are great houseplants and they feed my need to garden in the winter. Which is why I thought you might be interested in learning How to Pot Up Succulents. Potting up succulents only takes a few common supplies and takes just a few minutes.
I live in a pretty harsh climate, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is home to hot, almost desert-like summers and cold, snowy winters; it’s not the most forgiving region for the average gardener. Luckily, over the last few years my garden has started to maintain itself and in an effort to help it along,
I’ve been planting more succulent gardens. Succulents are a genus of plant that’s leaves are usually thick and rubbery. Succulents have adapted to grow in hot, dry climates and can survive long periods of time with very little water.
Succulents have been growing in popularity because of their easy-care nature, gorgeous colours and geometric shapes, all of which make them ideal for a contemporary style or urban garden.
If you are as succulent obsessed as I am, check out my Succulents and Cacti Pinterest board.
What you’ll need:
-Succulent of your choosing, either store bought, “acquired” or propagated from the yard. I’ve chosen an Echeveria variety because it’s slow growing and won’t need repotting for a while
-Planting medium of 50/50 potting mix & perlite
-A pot of your choosing – without drain holes*
*The reason for not wanting drain holes is that we want to simulate a flood/drought cycle, so when we water our succulents we want the water to stay in the pot like we might see in a flood.
That being said, we never want our succulent roots to sit in mucky soil, so be sure to add a handful or two of perlite to the bottom of the pot, this will help ensure our succulent soil not become mucky or anaerobic. Also, your pot should be just slightly larger than the succulent you are potting up.
Ok, so the potting process is pretty straight forward:
1-Toss a handful or two of perlite into the bottom of your pot
2-In a bucket, blend your 50/50 soil & perlite mix and fill your pot to 1 inch below the top of the pot
3-Gently lift your succulent from the store-bought pot and loosen the root ball, if necessary
4-Create a hole in the centre or your potting soil the size of your root ball
5-Gently but firmly place the root ball into the soil, ensuring that the plant is level and straight
6-Using gentle pressure, press the succulent into its new pot, ensuring that its roots are fully covered with soil and top the pot off with more perlite
7-Give you succulent a good watering and place it in a sunny spot. Do not water again until the soil has dried out completely, then water well and leave it alone
So, that’s it. Potting up and caring for succulents can be easy as long as you remember that these plants are hardy and independent. Really, they are crazy easy to care for!
Let me know what you think, do you grow succulents? What are your favourite varieties?
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Thanks for hanging out!