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Gardening Tips For Succulent Plants


Gardening tips for succulent plants are different in many ways than those for more traditional garden plant varieties. Succulents are plants more commonly referred to as the cactus varieties or the very drought resistant plants. In very hot climates these plants are often the only types of garden plants that can survive without extreme attention. Gardening tips for succulent plants focus on water retention, providing adequate fertilization and taking advantage of natural and created shade.

Some of the drought resistant varieties of garden plants are:

- Aloe Vera - not only is this plant very beautiful in the garden but it also has wonderful healing properties for skin burns and wounds. The aloe vera can often grow very large so should be planted in areas where it can expand and spread.

- Spoon Jade - often grown as an indoor plant this succulent has a tree like shape with thick, spoon shaped bright or deep green leaves. Spoon Jade is also called Horseshoe Jade and can be kept very small and used as bonsai type accents in containers. One of the most important gardening tips for succulent plants is to plant them in containers and then move them indoors in the winter if the temperature becomes too cold for them to stay outdoors year around.

- Hens and Chickens - also known as Dogs and Pups, this very short, spreading succulent spreads by small little round miniature plants that grow off the "mother" plant and then roll away and establish themselves in the garden.

- Moss Rose - this is a beautiful, continuously flowering succulent that can be used in hanging containers, in patio containers, or as a border in succulent gardens. Moss Rose thrives in direct light with minimal amount of water or attention.

- Dragon's Blood - this amazingly dark red succulent grows in thick, trailing branches that adds an amazing color to succulent gardens. It can also be used in hanging baskets and containers.

Gardening tips for succulent plants include the proper way to root the plants. They are usually very easy to start by simply making a clipping that is four to six inches long. Insert the cut end into soft, sandy soil. Rooting compound or hormones, available at most nurseries or gardening stores, can be used to help the clipping root. Moisten the soil and keep in damp, but never allow it to get soaking wet or allow the clipping to sit in water.

Researching the specific gardening tips for succulent plants in your garden will help you use these versatile and drought resistant plants even in your most challenging landscaping areas.