Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Succulent Envy

Some plants from my indoor cacti succulent collection.
It wasn't until I went to Southern California that I became obsessed with succulents. My garden is now packed with hardy Sedums, Sempervivums and Opuntia. More than half my houseplant collection is succulents, the sort that wouldn't make it through a long northern winter alive.

Indoor Succulent Care
They love the sunshine on my south facing windowsill. I grow them in regular potting soil in clay pots, letting the soil dry out completely before watering them again. I fertilize them in summer along with the rest of my houseplants, about once a month, when I remember.

As much as I would love to live in a place with a warmer climate, where I could grow these tender succulents outdoors, I still have fun with them indoors. For instance I've-
  • Incorporated my Agave americana into a dish garden.
  • Repotting my Aloe vera, encouraging it to grow 3 feet high and wide.
  • Even got my hybrid Aloe to flower.

The snow fell of the roof again

Whenever I look at my houseplant succulents I'm reminded of the Sunny, hot, dry desert like places they come from and I long to go back to the southern USA to explore further. It's such a change from the frozen, white and brown landscape that's outside my window for most of the year.

Do you grow succulents indoors? which plants are in your collection?


  1. Succulents are great. I have three large aloe veras and a handful of ones I don't know the name for. I'm looking at adding a donkey's tail to my collection in one of the new pots I got for Christmas. Yours look great!

    1. Donkeys tail , Sedum morganianum, may be hardy in northern gardens. I have lots of other plants from the Sedum genus growing in my garden.

  2. I thought they didn't grow here either, then came across a book, "Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates" by Leo Chance. With our water situation this year, I'd like to try a few and see how they do outside.

    1. Hey thanks for the book title. I'm putting it on my hold list at the library right now :)


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