Succulent Container Gardening
Create stunning topiaries and hanging baskets with succulents
If you already have created a container full of succulents, then it could be time to branch out into topiaries. This decorative and beautiful trend received notice in California and quickly gained popularity with home growers. Indeed, owner of Euro-American Propagators, Margee Rader, receives the credit for making a success of this inspiring approach. Because succulents are virtual sponges and can thrive in peat moss, it only made sense to branch out into shaped trees and even hanging objects. (more below...)
Any enclosed wire frame will work - as long as it will hold tightly packed peat. No soil, just peat. You can find forms at hobby shops along with a host of unique topiary shapes at any specialty shop. You'll also need room throughout the wire structure to press the cuttings into the base mix. Because you need succulent cuttings, you may want to search out retailers who cater to hobby growers instead of making a more expensive purchase of several established plants.
Give you cuttings a few hours to harden off on the ends before attempting to insert into the peat. Leave about one inch of clean stem for best placement. Soak the peat-form well and allow to drain before making the insertions. Use a skewer or toothpicks and make your stem holes - set them about one inch or so apart, depending on the size of the cutting. Also factor in that the cuttings will grow and allow space for that as well.
You can hang or display your topiary in any space, as along as it's sun-friendly for the succulent species you've chosen. Remember that the peat should remain moist - not soaked - as the water retention remains in the leaves.
As your succulent topiary grows, you can begin harvesting your own rootings and continue to fill in the existing piece or begin creating new ones.
If you want to learn more about succulents and some amazing ways to enjoy them, check out Debra Lee Baldwin's book, Designing with Succulents. You'll discover the basics and well beyond including how to use succulents with companion plants and an exciting array of photography that will get your creative, green thumb juices flowing.
|If you want to learn more about succulents and some amazing ways to enjoy them, check out Debra Lee Baldwin's book, Designing with Succulents. You'll discover the basics and well beyond including how to use succulents with companion plants and an exciting array of photography that will get your creative, green thumb juices flowing.|
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