So, you are looking at the prospect of making your own succulent container garden and of course you will want to know how to get started with things. Now, growing this kind of garden is a lot easier to do than you are perhaps aware and yet there are also a number of things that you need to do in order to make sure that you end up with a garden that you can rightfully be proud of.
- What You Need to Start the Garden.
If we can begin by looking at the different things that you will need in order to start your garden and the good news is that we are not talking about an extensive list by any means. So, these are the most important items that you need to really get things going.
- A suitable container.
- Some quality soil.
- Vermiculite or sand.
- A selection of succulent plants.
- Something to dress the top of the container.
- Selecting the Correct Container.
The next point we are going to look at is making sure that you go ahead and choose the correct container. You need to remember that this is going to be the home for the garden and there are a number of important factors that you must take into consideration when you are looking at choosing the container.
For example, it is extremely important that you have a container that has adequate drainage. By this, we mean that there are drainage holes in the base of the container so that any excess water can escape rather than having the roots sitting in the water for an extended period of time. Remember, succulents hate to have their feet wet, and the correct container will stop this from happening.
In addition, you should also pay close attention to the way in which air can get to the roots and it all comes down to the material that the container is made from. A plain clay container is going to be best as it lets air get through the material to the roots and then they will be able to dry out just as they like it. If you have a glazed pot then the air cannot get through and it can then lead to all kinds of problems.
So, when it comes to selecting the correct container, you have to think about these points.
- Make sure that it has drainage holes in the base.
- Avoid using a glazed container as it prevents air getting to the roots.
- Make sure it is deep enough for the roots of the plants.
- The actual dimensions depends on how many plants you plan to have.
- Make Your Decision with the Plants.
Once you have the container selected, you have to then think more about the plants that are going to form your container garden. Now, the exact number or plants that you are able to use will depend on the size of the container as that does then play a role due to the space that different plants need at various times.
There are hundreds of different plants that you could use in this kind of garden, so of course that then makes life a lot harder for you. However, there is a lot more to it than just picking ones that you like the look of and we recommend thinking about these points when trying to reach your decision.
- Some plants need more light than others.
- Some plants need more care than others.
- Be aware of the amount of water or feeding different plants need.
- Put plants with similar requirements together.
- Putting Soil in the Base.
After you have made all of these decisions, you then need to think about putting some soil in the base of the container. Now, because of the types of plants that you are going to be using, you need to think carefully about the soil that you use because these plants do love things that are more free draining.
In this instance, make sure that you not only have some quality soil, but also add in some vermiculite or sand to further improve the drainage quality of the soil. In order to get the best plants possible and to provide them with the correct growing conditions, you might want to remember these key things.
- The soil must be rich in nutrients.
- It must be very well draining.
- You should avoid anything that holds water.
- Consider adding some vermiculite or sand to the mix.
- Only put enough in the base to give you enough to start putting in the plants.
- Take the Succulents from the Pots.
The next step is to actually remove the succulents from their pots because you are ready to put them into the container. This gives you a better idea of the actual root ball that you are going to have to deal with and that then makes it easier for you to design the garden, which is the point that we are going to look at next.
This is the point where you can spend some time checking that the roots are actually in a nice and healthy condition and you should also check to see how much water is in the soil surrounding them. You may want to then consider these points before you start the planting.
- Look at the overall health of the plants.
- If the soil is saturated then allow it to dry out before planting.
- Loosen up some of the soil around the roots as this will also help the planting.
- Making the Design of the Garden.
We mentioned in the previous point that it was important for you to design the garden in advance and this means putting the plants in the position where you anticipate them going, but not actually planting them.
This will allow you to see how different plants go together and if some will be crushed by others in the garden as it is best to play around with the design before you start to put the plants in their place. With this part, the sky is your limit because the design depends on the plants that you have selected and how they grow. You need to think along these lines when designing the garden.
- Check how plants work together.
- Remember their size and spread for spacing them out.
- Keep an eye on which ones require more light as they cannot be crowded out.
- Put them in position, stand back, and see if you like the arrangement.
- Get Soil.
Remember how we said earlier about putting some soil in the base of the container? Well, after putting your plants in their position, it is then time for you to get the soil that you used for the base and start to add in some more around the plants in order to then firm them into place.
This is where you really make sure that they are pushed firmly into where you are planting them and that is also the point where using additional soil is also a good idea. To do this, you might want to spend time thinking about certain aspects.
- Use the same soil as before with the same mix.
- Press the soil in firmly around the plants so that the container is full.
- Press the plants down to help the roots get a good grip of the soil.
- Remember to leave it around half an inch to an inch from the top of the container.
- Cleaning it Up and Dressing the Container.
Once you have everything planted, you should then look at adding the finishing touches to the container that you are using just to make sure that the finished garden is actually looking pretty good. You should look at doing several things at this point and it will certainly make a difference to the end result.
- Use some decorative stones or gravel to make it look better.
- Clean the edge of the container so there is no soil all over the place.
- Do not press down the stones you use for dressing.
- Do not put on too many that it restricts the roots or ability to water the container.
- Take Care of the Succulent Garden.
At this point, all that is then left for you to do is to make sure that you actually take care with the succulent garden and look after it so that it rewards you. Now, the good news is that this kind of garden does not need a lot of upkeep and that is a huge blessing, but at the same time you cannot just leave it alone and think that it will grow and give you an amazing show.
- Remember that they do need light so make sure that they get it.
- These plants do not require too much fertilizer.
- They will require water at different points so remember to give them it.
- If any plants are dying, remove them and replace with something else.
So, those are the nine different things that you have to take into consideration when you are looking at your own succulent container garden. As you can see, there is nothing too complex and it is all just some common sense for the things to do in order to end up with a garden that you can admire for some time to come.
This is a guest post written by Kylie from grohelps.