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Adding Succulents to Your South Florida Garden

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 7:30am.

It is easy to see why succulents are some of the most popular plantsin South Florida. Their unique shapes, colors, textures, and sizes add interest and contemporary interest to the décor of a room. They also look great on their own or paired with other succulents. Not to mention, they’re so easy to grow and can handle drought.

The climate in Palm Beach County can be thought-provoking when trying to garden.  Maybe you are a “green thumb” gardener or a weekend garden warrior fitting it in when you can, succulents are an easy fit.  Whether your goal is just maintaining a healthy landscape or creating an ever-changing tropical paradise, knowledge is the key when it comes to Improper watering is the biggest cause of succulents dying.  These plants have thick, fleshy leaves that hold water and are drought-tolerant.

New to succulents…try these helpful tips:

1. Pick a healthy succulent – Look for succulents with full shapes, good color and with healthy foliage. Avoid plants with insects or signs of damage.

2.  Choose the right soil – Succulents like to be dry and need well-draining soil.

3.  Select containers – Succulents can be planted in almost anything. They need water when the top inch of soil feels dry. To water, pour water into the pot until it flows through the drainage hole. Remove all excess water.

4. Soak up the sun – Most succulents love light. Place them in spaces where they’ll receive four to six hours of sun.

5.  Keep plants looking good – remove dead or decaying leaves to keep plants looking nice and insects at bay.

Succulents are an interesting trend in contemporary South Florida gardening.  If you are new to gardening, these hardy plants may be the choice for you.  Try the modern design floras and turn your space into a tranquil Zen Garden with little effort and maintenance.

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