Why Landscape With Succulents?
Succulents are great for so many reasons! Not only do they provide an aesthetic burst to your landscapes, hardscapes, outdoor structures or home, but they also require far less water and soil than more traditional plants, allowing them to thrive in places that other plants would never even be able to sprout.
Succulents add flare to any landscape project. With hundreds of uniquely shaped, colorful varieties, your new plants will add an incredible aesthetically pleasing appeal to your home or business.
Succulents are a great way to add a living essence to your hardscapes. Add soil and succulent into the cracks of your rock walls or walkway and create a beautiful, unique addition to the landscaping of your space.
Like hardscaping, succulents are a great addition to your outdoor structures, with hundreds of varieties in almost every color, your sure to find some succulents to make your structures pop!
Succulents in the home
Succulents naturally love lots of light, so in order to survive in a home, they need to be in a place with as much of it as they can get. Window seals are great, as long as they are sun facing. A place where there is little or no natural light wont make the best place for your succulents. Also, something to be aware of is that even if you give your succulent a good amount of light inside, it still may change shape. "Stretching" is a term used to describe succulents that get long and lanky when they are looking for sunlight. This will vary for each plant. Stretching and color change is not necessarily a bad thing. Plants that undergo this transition may look very unique. What once looked like a rose may now look like a palm tree with a rose top! What once looked like bubbles may stretch into an underwater looking plant! Some do better than others, cacti and jade do particularly well. Either way with a lot of light and a little love, your succulents will be beautiful!
Succulents are naturally desert plants. This means that they need minimal water. Great plants for those with a not-so-green thumb. Save time and money by landscaping your home or business with plants that need such minimal water! Make sure not to over water your succulents. Try to line the bottom of your beds or pots with rocks for sufficient drainage. Water 1-2 times a week if there is no rainfall.
Because succulents need such minimal water, irrigation systems can be less extensive, set to go off less regularly, or may not even need to be installed depending on rainfall in your area. This means big savings on your monthly water bill!
Succulents love full sun. The more sun they get, the more colorful and healthy they'll stay. Lighting is a great thing to keep in mind when deciding on the right plants for your project. This being said succulents are not the best indoor plants unless they will get LOTS of light. You can research "which succulents do better in low light environments" for more information. We also carry tropical plants for low light environments.
Because succulents are dessert plants, they need aerated, porous soil that drains well. Soils with perlite and peat moss work. Minimal compost will insure a light, less dense mix. be sure to the the bottom of your garden beds or pots with rocks to ensure proper drainage. Hawaii Grower's Product and Del's located in Kahului are both great places to get soil.