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I have a short wall between my garden and the neighbor's driveway. It is a pretty old cinderblock construction with some of the cement patches over the holes gone. I had some leftover succulent starts and decided to plant them in the wall.
I filled the openings with garden soil and added the small plants. Two seasons later they are flourishing. Right now they have their summer yellow tint on, but in the cooler months they are a pretty green.
I water them occasionally in the summer, but here in the northwest the climate takes care of the rest of the year. I may add a variety that has pretty flowers and see how it does in this setting.
My friend planted her terra cotta strawberry pot with different succulents. It looks fabulous. I have an old strawberry pot that is currently empty so I'm going to try my own version.
Succulents have shallow roots and do not require much soil. You can fill a giant pot with other items like cartons, planters, containers, etc. to save soil.
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The string of pearl plant is a succulent. It requires only occasional watering and well-drained soil.
Can succulents be left outside in pots during winter in zone 7b and survive till spring? Can they survive planted in the ground? I don't want to lose them all together.
My initial response was NO, but I had to reconsider. What kind of succulents do you have? Hens and chicks are a variety of succulent that will overwinter very well. In fact, I've tried bringing mine in during the winter and lost 90% of them. When I leave them out (even during ice and snow storms), they thrive and I have so many that I have to give them away. So my response is, we need more information.
Are coffee grounds safe for succulents?
Lara from Santa Rosa, CA
Coffee grounds create an acid soil. Any plant that likes an acid environment will love these, esp camellias, azaleas and roses.
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I love to collect tiny containers (bought from thrift shops) for my succulent collections; if I see an interesting shape (plastic animal mugs, etc.) I drill drainage holes in them and fill them with succulents.
A lovely display of succulents found on a garden wall in Chester County, PA.
Chester County, PA
As a professional photographer, I enjoy tootling around in my off time, looking for opportunities to photograph just about anything. I recently photographed some succulents from my garden and particularly love this one.
This page is about growing hens and chicks. These semi succulents grow best in poor soil conditions, and are especially suitable for the rock garden.
This is a page about growing jade (Crassula). The jade plant is a popular succulent that is often grown as a houseplant.
This is a page about growing purslane (portulaca). Thriving in a hot, dry climate these edible plants, also called pigweed, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
This is a page about growing sedum. There are many types of these succulents known as sedum. They are easy to grow and quite tolerant of poor growing conditions.
This is a page about growing aloe. Not only is aloe a neat looking plant, it has medicinal uses too. It is easy to grow aloe at home and have access to its soothing qualities the next time you get sunburned.
Those of us who grow succulents know that it is generally easy to start new plants from cuttings. This recycled soda bottle succulent plant starter is designed to also focus on starting new plants from individual leaves.
This is a page about caring for a succulent. Succulents are typically very easy to grow. There are a few specific things to keep in mind to ensure their health. Do not over or underwater. For more succulent care tips check out this page. This is a page about caring for a succulent.