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Succulents

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Succulents

   

How do you get colour and life from the garden in the cool of winter?  Here at Dunvegan, we have a wide selection of Succulents. Succulents have become a trend and have gained popularity as plants used to decorate in fairy gardens, terrariums, homes, and currently succulents are given as a thank you favours at weddings (order yours early as they sell out quickly).

Succulents are plants that have thick and fleshy stems and leaves used to retain water in poor or arid conditions. They come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes and what is more, they are easy to grow and excellent plants for the forgetful gardener.

Almost all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti.  The most notable of the succulents are Aloe Vera, Jade plants and the Christmas cactus.

The most troublesome problem with succulents is over-watering. When watering a succulent, give a generous amount of water but only after the plant has dried out completely. In the summer watering can be as often as every 3-5 days and in the winter it can be cut back to every 3-4 weeks.

Tips for caring for your succulents:

Use cactus potting soil, since succulents have to have good drainage soil, we have soils that are excellent for this, in particular, Promix Cactus Soil or Dutch Treat Cactus Soil.

Succulents do enjoy a sunny location in the home needs at least 6 hours of sunlight but do not enjoy the direct hot sunshine.

Feed your succulent – they do not need much but at Dunvegan, we recommend Schultz Liquid Cactus Fertilizer.

Succulents are a great way to bring joy and colour to your home when the outdoors is frigid and cold.

 

 


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