Succulents in containers will require protection from extreme heat and cold. They will need a lightweight succulent potting mix that has a good component of sand, and the site will need plenty of sunshine. Any container will do — pots, urns, troughs, window boxes, custom-made planters or even your old garden boot. You are only limited by your imagination. Mulch the top of the pots with small pebbles to finish them off. They make great gifts, too!
Feeding and watering
Succulents benefit from a controlled-release fertiliser in a granule form applied during spring and summer, when they are actively growing. These plants are water storage vessels — like a living sponge, they take what they need from rainfall and the excess must be able to drain away quickly. Persistently wet soil will quickly spell death for succulents, as their stems will rot away at the base. Avoid this by planting in well-drained soils, crevices, pots, and mounded garden beds, and completely avoid watering in winter.
Very few pests and diseases bother succulents. They do not like being mulched with moist leaf litter, preferring stones or pebbles. Succulents dislike prolonged cold and wet conditions, although they will take a little frost if kept completely dry. Control any aphid or mealy bugs with an insecticide quickly before they become problems. Wet winters may cause black spots on the leaves, in which case you can just remove the offending leaves.
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