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?


4 comments:

  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!

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    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.

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  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.

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

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