Succulent Container Gardening with the Grumpy Gardener

These easy container gardens require little maintenance, and can be made with a variety of succulents.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

Just about the hottest thing in gardening right now are plants called succulants. Now, I'm not talking about ribeyes not about talking about T bones. I'm talking with about special kind of plants is called the succulants because it stores water in its fleshy leave and stem. In therefore Doesn't need to be watered very often, and they're one of the lowest maintenance plants out there. There are millions of kinds of succulents. If you go to the store right now and you're going to see all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors and that's what makes it so neat because you can blend. All of those together in a really nice planter. So we've picked out a terracotta planter. Terracotta is good because it breathes. Moisture can move in and out of it. Plastic tends to trap moisture inside, and that's not what you want for succulents. This particular pot also has a drain in its hole. Now if I were you just pour potting soil in the middle of this pot, it would pour out the draining soil. So what I do is I simply take a coffee filter put it over the drain Drainage hole. Water can pass through but the soil won't. Now when you're choosing soil for succulents people tend to think of them as desert plants and people think that the only thing that's in a desert is sand, so therefore they should plant succulents in pure sand. This is not true. Succulents like some organic matter in the soil to help store nutrients. So what you wanna do is you get yourself some potting soil. You can even get special kinds of potting soil that are made for cactus and succulents. That's gonna have organic matter in it. But it's also gonna have sand in it a little bit. So it gives it the nutrient storing capacity the soil needs, but it also drains really, really fast. Now, there's no set formula for where you place your plants in the pot, except You should always try, if you've got a tall one, put the tall one in the center as a center point, because it's going to grow bigger. And the ones that are going to get shorter and stay smaller and round, kind of space them around the sides. And if you have something that's a little bit cascading, or something, that's a little trailing, you might want to put that on the edge of the container, so it'll just gracefully hang over the side. There are really no bad combinations when it comes to creating a succulent planter. It's all about what you like and about what you think looks good. A couple of things to remember about succulents is that some of them, the ones that have the leaves that look like little, stubby, fat fingers They're very very brittle so you have to be careful in handling them because if you just happen to brush your hand against the plant carelessly you could break off a lot of the leaves. And, another thing to remember is you really wanna go easy on the fertilizer. These are slow grow plants, you've got them in kind of a small container. You don't want them over growing too quickly So what I recommend is using maybe a liquid house plant fertilizer no more than once a year. Now to sum up the main two things that a succulent needs. It needs bright light and excellent drainage. Do not marinate. [MUSIC].
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