SURPRISE! SUCCULENTS!

Hi gardenistas!

Oh my, seems that posting has gotten away from me lately.

Ooops…I’m sorry.

Here it is June already!

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I had fun yesterday planting and learning all about succulents.

Yes Ma’am!

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 My neighbor, whom I call Queen of Birds {aka Queen of Flowers},  gifted me with some extra succulents from a bunch that she had been gifted with.

How’s that for coolness :)

{{For those of you new here, her monikers are due to her awesome knowledge of birds…she shoulda been an ornithologist…and also due to her prolific colorful summer flower garden. Maybe I can talk her into a few pics to show y'all}}

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 Since I never have planted any succulents {other than aloe vera} I asked her how she arranged hers.

  Above is her pic she sent me.

After living in the Sonoran Desert for a big chunk of time, you’d think I’d be an expert.

Not so.

They’re not cactus. And they don’t prick and hurt.

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Anyhoo…I checked in with Professor Google…and learned a few things.

#1 They need well draining soil.

So I skeedadled to Home Depot and bought some cactus & succulent potting mix.

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I wanted a buffer at the bottom of my mini-trough container even though it already has drainage holes in the bottom...

so I threw in wine bottle corks that I’ve been saving for some unknown future project.

Guess this was that future project 😉

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Talk about easy planting...

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 Three minutes later...

and I had my succulent garden.

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#2   Water deep but less often, and don’t use a spray bottle.

Overwatering will kill them.

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#3  They like lots of light, but avoid direct sunlight as they can get sunburned.

They’re sensitive!

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 After taking these pics, I decided that this place in the greenhouse wouldn’t work.

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 It gets too hot in here in the summer and they are exposed to direct sunlight.

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 So I will move them to the west wall inside the greenhouse...

where they’ll be in shade all day but still have plenty of light.

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 #4  In the winter they’ll go live in the house by a window or under a grow light for 6 hours/day.

                                              They like to be cool in the winter but not freezing cold...

Idaho ain’t their happy place.

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I hope they’re as low maintenance as they seem now…time will tell 👍

FUN!

Something new and different!

{do ya think I like turquoise?!?}

Thank you, Queen of Birds!

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