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Succulents are well known for their endless variety of colors and unique forms. Native to arid climates, they store water efficiently in leaves, stems and roots and are drought tolerant in gardens.
Succulent plants grow naturally around the world, but in a very general sense they come from two basic regions: semi-desert tropics and alpine mountains.
Varieties from the tropics are wild, stunning and irresistible. These include echeveria, aeonium and crassula to name a few. They grow in such an assortment of bright colors and interesting leaf shapes that they look like they would be more at home on a coral reef than in a garden. Being from the tropics, these species are tender and will not survive freezing temperatures. Fortunately, many can be grown inside as houseplants so anybody can enjoy them. They can also thrive outside in the summer.
Varieties from alpine regions are just as beautiful as their relatives from the tropics. The most popular species of these are sedums, sempervivum and jovibarba. As indicated by their native climates, they are very cold hardy. Hardy succulent varieties often thrive down to hardiness zone 3 (areas with an average annual minimum temperature between -30 to -40 degrees). The combination of drought resistance and cold hardiness makes these succulent plants nearly indestructible even for gardeners with a brown thumb.
No matter what type of succulent plants you are growing there are some general rules that should be followed to keep them healthy.
Light, succulents like it. Bright sunlight makes them happy. If they aren't getting enough light they will let you know as the stem stretches and the leaves begin to space out (this is called etoliation). There are occasions when leaves will scorch and turn brown in direct sunlight. Just watch the leaves and they will tell you how the plant feels about the light it is receiving.
Soil should drain quickly. You do not want your succulents to have their roots sitting in a puddle of water. You can use a special mixture with a material like perlite, quality potting soil, or well composted yard soil with good drainage.
Water is necessary to grow any plant. Just because succulents are drought tolerant doesn't mean that they don't need water. Succulents grow most during the spring and summer. During this time be generous in doling out water. If your plant isn't getting enough water it may have brown spots on the leaves or drop its leaves altogether. During the fall and winter they enter a dormant period. Cut watering back during this time. In the winter they may only need watered once a month or less. Over-watering causes succulent plants to rot from the roots up (this is the most common cause of death for succulents). Signs of too much watering include a loss of color, or yellowing leaves, but at this point it is often too late.
Succulent gardens are fun to grow with too many growing ideas to name. At Young's Garden succulent nursery we strive to provide you with top quality plants for your succulent garden, both hardy and tender, at a great price. Our goal is for you to enjoy succulent plants in your garden as much as we do.