Five Tips on caring for succulent houseplants

Five Tips on caring for succulent houseplants

May 28th, 2011 by Karen Nazor Hill in Life Entertainment

Succulent plants are becoming increasingly popular, said Kim Bonastia, manager of Signal Mountain Nursery on Hubbard Road.

"They resemble living sculptures and [they offer] the benefits of low maintenance and low water use," Bonastia said.

People display the plants in a variety of ways - in dish gardens, suspended on walls, in picture frames, topiaries, wreaths and centerpieces for indoor and outdoor use.

"Crate & Barrel is carrying them as centerpieces," Bonastia said.

Succulents, she said, are "sustainable, durable and low-maintenance. The varying colors, textures and style are a great hit."

FIVE TIPS

1 Light exposure: Make sure succulents have full sun to part shade. The more the sun, she said, the better the color on the foliage.

2 Watering: Do not overwater. Allow soil to almost dry completely between waterings.

3 Soil: Use a good-quality "soil-less" soil. Soil-less soil, according to www.hydro-gardens.com, is a method of growing plants without soil.

4 Recommended varieties: Some of the succulents recommended by Signal Mountain Nursery are: Aeonium Tip Top with dark burgundy leaves that gather in dense clusters and form an overall pyramid shape; Dyckia Hybrid Burgundy Ice with smooth, deep burgundy leaves that have spiky white margins; Echeveria Nodulosa with zebra striped burgundy markings; Sedum Coppertone with lemon yellow and sunlit copper foliage; Echeveria Black Prince with deep maroon foliage and green centers; and Kalanchoe Thyrisifolia with paddle-shaped leaves that turn red in the sun.

5 Planting pointer: Mix them with hardy succulents (not listed) for different textures.