So-Easy Succulent Container Gardens
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Start a succulent container garden
Potted succulents are perfect summer plants for a Midwest porch, patio, or deck thanks to their small size, water-saving habits and sun-loving nature. These tips will help you start a successful succulent container garden:
-- Select a container with drainage holes. Spread gravel in the bottom of the container to speed drainage, and top with a potting soil mix designed for succulents or cacti.
-- Plant succulents tightly in the container (left). They are slow-growing, so pack them into the pot from the start.
-- Let the pots dry out slightly between watering. Succulents store water in their fleshy leaves and flourish in dry conditions.
-- Bring containers indoors to a bright windowsill in winter. Some succulents, such as hens-and-chicks and Sedum spp., are hardy to Zone 3 or 4 and can be transplanted into your garden. Click on "Best Succulent Plants for the Midwest" to see which varieties can take winter's chill.
Ideas for great-looking container succulents are on the next 14 slides.