Succulents Success

The range of genus’ and species of plants classed as succulents is truly mind-boggling. They are a group of plants that are capable of withstanding long periods of drought by storing moisture in their leaves and stems.

Succulents also make great potted statement specimens as well as fantastic contrasting and structural dry garden additions. 

Where to grow succulents:

These versatile plants can be grown in garden beds, pots, preferably outdoors - and they’re ultra-low-maintenance.

Choose a full sun to part sun location with good airflow. When growing indoors your succulents must have very bright light, even direct sunlight if possible and be kept super dry, preferably change them out. Pots shouldn’t be too deep and have adequate drainage holes.

What is the best Potting mix for Succulents:

Always use a potting mix that is specially formulated for cacti and succulents like Rocky Point Succulent & Cacti Mix.

These mixes will have more sand percentages in them to ensure extra good drainage, which will help prevent your succulents from rotting. You can mix Rocky Point Coarse Sand or Rocky Point Succulent & Cacti Mix through the soil area when planting in the garden, especially if you have a heavy clay soil profile.

Fertilising Succulents:

When it comes to caring for succulents long-term, it’s a good idea to fertilise them once a year using a controlled-release fertiliser. The best time to fertilise succulents is during their growing season which lasts from spring to summer.

Watering Succulents:

Succulents are resistant to most pests and diseases, but one thing they won’t stand for is wet feet! If you’re wondering how to water succulents he best way to do it is deeply water the succulent and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

The same thing goes for potted indoor succulents. Simply test the soil with your finger, and if it feels dry, pour enough water into the pot so that water escapes from the drainage holes. Allow any excess water to drain away. Then, simply allow the water to dry completely before watering again. Water sparingly from Spring to Autumn but avoid watering altogether in Autumn and Winter.

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