Succulents are becoming an increasingly important design element in many gardens. Whether planted as specimens in the garden or featured in containers, they have much to offer any gardener. The great variety and forms of succulents make them extremely attractive and useful for the gardener with a dry area to cope with.

Most succulents thrive in dry sunny areas and tolerate a greater degree of neglect than any other plants. They do show their appreciation of a little tender loving care by growing stronger and with better texture, form, and color, although overwatering and overfeeding should be avoided.

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Succulents have fleshy leaves that store water. Give Succulents the same care as you would cacti (the cacti are a distinct group of succulents!).

Most succulents have a rosette shape. With age, the stems may become woody, others grow as trailing or bushy plants.

  • Give succulents full sun (6 or more hours of direct sun)
  • Allow them to moderately dry out between waterings
  • A slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote is recommended every few months
  • If using a liquid fertilizer such as Miracle Gro, apply once every two to four weeks
  • In containers, use a light soil that drains well and doesn’t hold moisture for long periods such as Fafards Complete Container Mix
  • Be sure to pair succulents with other plants that can tolerate less moisture so that you avoid over-watering