Today I bring you onto my patio, with a small adventure viewing my succulents. I love these guys. With their magical colors and majestic shapes. It’s so fairy tale like. Almost not of our world, but they are.
I have been growing these specific succulents for around 1-2 years. Succulents are so easy to take care of, and they often forgive being neglected.
Since I live in California, the weather tends to be hot. Hot weather = watering more than normal, so I only water these guys 2-3 times a week. This is only during the summer. Early in the year, I hardly water them once a week.
I grow my own veggies, but my location tends to be too hot. Everything dies! It gets up to 105F-110F for days. The only veggies that do well here… are well… squash and pumpkins. I have noticed sweet potatoes are doing alright though. It’s my first year growing those.
Though succulents are battlers during the summer, they wimp out during the winter. All of these go into the house once December hits. California has hot summers and cold winters. If I were to leave everything outside, the water that the leaves store within them would freeze. The whole plant would freeze over, turn black and wither away. It’s not pretty, trust me.
In the future, I will post other pictures of my succulents. I have many more, in many more containers. These are just a few. I’ll also teach you how to propagate, and some tips I have learned.
Each plant pretty much grows its own babies. The picture above is a succulent called Hens and Chicks. In this case, the mother grows the babies from its sides. As they mature, they will look just like her. Imagine a whole area filled with these! After that, I will cut them from their mother and put them elsewhere in the garden. Trust me, it’s not as evil as it sounds. They need to move on into the world, and have their own adventure. They will take some time to adjust in their new location, then will make babies themselves. I call this specific succulent the tank of succulents, because its pretty hardy. It doesn’t break too easy. Unless you step on or punch it. Don’t do that by the way…
This last picture contains mostly sedums. Sedums are gorgeous, but I have found they are pickier than the others. Succulents do NOT like a lot of water. They can get root rot. Since sedums are smaller, the roots aren’t as hardy. Don’t be afraid to buy an assortment of succulents. Also, don’t be discouraged if your succulents die. In the picture above, some species of sedums already died and shriveled up. You can no longer see them. I have either given them TOO much water, or they shrivel up from the heat. I wont be buying those again. But look at the survivors. They’re beautiful! You just need to find the right succulent for you.
This concludes our mini adventure, I hope you enjoyed it. I seriously love seeing a garden of succulents with many colors. I need to buy more!
Are any of you succulent fans? Do you have any succulents? Let me know!
Succulents definitely deserve 5 Lit Fireflies, don’t you say?