Gardening: the succulents


Normally you will recognize these plants because of their thickened and fleshy leaves, where they retain water and thus survive in too hot or too arid conditions. Taking care of them is really easy; they require some watering from time to time and are perfect for lazy or absent-minded gardeners. Although you believe that they belong to deserts (yes, the cactuses are succulents, but not all succulents are cactuses) and are absolutely not suitable for your garden, you will be amazed by the fact that they can grow in your garden outdoors for the whole summer and the warmer months of the spring and the winter. Then, you could simply move them in flowerpots and make your home indoors look even livelier.

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The first step is finding the right succulent. If you are a beginner in gardening, look for something that is not so pretentious. When you go in the garden center, you will be able to get information about the needs of the plant you are about to buy. Don’t get too enthusiastic, however, buying 10 succulents, but go for one or two in the beginning and if you think they fit in your garden well and make it more enthralling, you could always have some more.


When you are ready to plant, check the soil conditions and the drainage first. The succulents prefer sunny locations, although continuous sunshine is not the best for them. After you have planted them in the garden, arrange some small rocks that are going to act like mulch.


Well, they do not require watering every day, but they need some more often while they are growing. It’s nice not to water directly the leaves, but the base of the plant. And then, they will need some care once in a couple of weeks.