Outdoor Succulents 101

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008

If you are living out west where the days are really hot and the nights get very cool, succulents are a beautiful plant to showcase.

Succulents are plants that store their water in their stems, leaves, and roots, causing their "succulence." Succulents have evolved in the desert and need direct sunlight; since the temperature in the desert drops at night, they are able to handle cool nights.

Featured Succulents
Agave ytahensis
Old man cactus

Succulents Care Tips
1. Keep in full sun.
2. Water infrequently -- once every 10 days to two weeks.
3. Fertilize sparingly.
4. Succulents can handle temperature fluctuations, but don't allow them to freeze.

Special Thanks
Special thanks to Fiskars for supplying our viewer mail participant with gardening tools.


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