Monday, August 13, 2012

Growing Succulents in Buckets & Tubs

On of our great gals in customer service purchased some buckets to take home to decorate her home with. She decided to grow some gorgeous succulents in them, and we all agree that they look amazing.

The above succulents are in one of our oval wash tubs.

So how does one grow succulents in a container?

First we need to know what a succulent is. Succulents include, but are not limited to: sempervivums, sedums, aloes, kalanchoes, and echeverias. They are plants that have fleshy toned leaves. Succulents tend to thrive in hot climates and poor soil.

Step one, select your container, if it does not have drainage holes you will want to add some to the bottom of the container, once you have the holes you need add some gravel to the bottom of your container to help with drainage of water. 

Step two, preparing your soil, you can purchase soil made just for succulents or you can create your own by making a mixture of 25% builders sand added to a good soilless mix.

Step three, plant your succulents, if you are not sure that you are going to keep your succulent container around you can pack the plants in fairly well as succulents are very slow growing plants.

To care for your succulents keep in mind that they love the sunshine, and they do need consistent moisture, they are not cacti. In the winter you will need to bring them in and put them in a window that gets lots of sunshine throughout the day.

Succulents in a bucket.

Succulents in a wood handled wash tub.

What are you growing in containers right now?

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