Q: What do you do when you don’t have “in-the-ground” garden space, but want to include large scale tree succulents or large scale succulents?
A large container is excellent for a big-girl succulent, and even though it may constrict root growth a bit; it doesn’t harm the plant. Also, you probably won’t need to re-pot for several years…whew!
What type of container should you use? Depends upon where you live!
Porous pots, like basic terracotta dry out faster than those with a glaze. If you live in a hot, dry climate, consider using a glazed pot for better water retention, especially if you plan on growing leafy succulents.
On the other hand, if you live in a humid, cold climate, using a glazed container might not be a good idea because the glaze seals in moisture better, possibly causing the soil to stay moist (a no no with succulents!) So go with porous terracotta, or use a pot without a glaze. Keep in mind to select a pot designed to handle cold temps if you live in a cold climate: unless you’re planning to store indoors for winter.
6 More Tips for growing succulent plants in containers:
- 1. If you live in a moist and humid climate? Consider using a shallow or terracotta pot, which will dry out fast!
- 2. If you live in a hot, dry climate? Think about using a large, glazed pot that can retain water longer than other options.
- 3. If your succulents are growing slowly, and don’t look great? Try adding some fresh potting soil.
- 4. Planting just a small succulent? Think about using a small pot over a large one, to avoid having the roots remaining wet for too long.
- 5. Is the pot a giant root ball with limited available potting soil? Time to repot into larger pot. Or, if you want to continue using the same pot, root prune (trim the roots) and add fresh, fast draining potting soil.
- 6. Thinking about planting a… dish garden, terrarium or miniature garden? Great! But keep in mind that different succulents grow at different rates. To manage that, you have 2 choices: Either you keep your eye on your planting and prune as often as needed. (This will keep overly vigorous plant(s) in bounds; or, choose compatible plant combos with similar growth speeds.
These are just a handful of tips, I know. We have plenty of posts here about succulents, so be sure to check them out. Here’s a good article if you’re just getting into succulents; learn more about some of the common types available. If you are already into succulents, don’t miss checking-out this amazing Los Angeles garden!
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