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Hardy, drought tolerant, low maintenance, with striking
form, foliage and colour – what’s not to love about
succulents and cacti?
When mass-planted, used as architectural statements
or displayed in pots, their thick, fleshy leaves allow them
to absorb and store water. In WA’s dry climate, this makes
them the perfect solution to water-hungry landscapes.
Succulents are also ideal for small gardens and courtyards
in pots or as mass plantings. For continuity in small spaces,
aim for repeat plantings of three to four species or types.
Potted succulents, such as the rosette-forming Echeveria and
Haworthia, require little maintenance, but will look better when
reg ularly watered over the hot months (a wetting agent may
be required in summer if the pots become too dry) and allowed
to dry out in winter. Apply a seaweed extract and liquid fertiliser
occasionally to keep them looking their best.
If in the ground, twice weekly watering in summer will be
fine since overwatering can cause rotting. Keep the area around
succulents, especially rosette forms, free of anything that might
hold moisture next to the base of the plant. A wet crown will
lead to rotting and attract snails. For groundcover or other mass
plantings, succulents such as Kalanchoe pumila ‘Quick silver’,
Aeonium, Cotyledon, Crassula, and Kalanchoe ‘Flapjacks’ are best.
Ideally, use pots that aren’t too deep because most succulents
have quite shallow roots and can rot if planted in deep pots.
Larger pots are suitable for larger succulents, such as Tree Aloes
and Foxtail Agave (Agave attenuata).
Whatever you do, don’t be fooled into thinking that cacti
and succulents love the hot sun. Unless they originate from
desert areas, they may not tolerate f ull afternoon sun in summer
and may require dappled shade.
The hardest part of growing succulent and cacti is limiting
your selections. They can become addictive!
For more tips from Jenny, visit lifespacedesign.com .au .
Succulents and cacti are the perfect solution
for dry-climate Australian gardens, says
landscape designer Jenny Thomas.
succulents that come in a variety
of wonderful colours and sizes.
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