Succulents are one of the hardiest plants around. They are not only low
maintenance but are quite drought resistant as well. The different shapes, sizes
and colours make them a really eye catching feature in the garden. Building on
their sculptural appearance you can make a potted desert garden that will
brighten up any courtyard.
They can be grown in clumps, as they love to have their roots crowded or they
can be grown as one single plant, simple and bold. Although succulents and cacti
don’t need much water they still need a little, so to stop the water being
sucked out of the soil, seal the pots inside and out with pot seal. This forms a
barrier between the soil and the pot, slowing down evaporation and therefore
cutting your water usage to a minimum. It’s like liquid clay and really easy to
use. All the instructions are on the can.
Succulents don’t like having their roots wet for too long. They like to dry out
between watering and because they hold the water in their leaves they need
excellent drainage. Yates Cacti and Succulent potting mix is perfect, providing
great drainage for these arid loving plants.
Once you’ve done all the preparation you can arrange your plants. Taller plants
look good in the middle with the smaller ones around the base or you can choose
your own arrangement. Remember to think about the colour, texture and contrast
when arranging plants. Once you’re happy with the layout all you have to do is
Although succulents might look soft and juicy, cacti are another story. To help
get them out of the pot, wrap them in newspaper to avoid those nasty sharp
spikes. Then once they’re planted give them a good watering in with some
fertilizer to welcome them to their new home. For that authentic desert look use
gravel mulch and spread it thickly among the plants. This will also keep their
roots cool on hot days.
You'll have a low maintenance potted desert garden that looks stunning in any
courtyard or balcony in no time.
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