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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
Echeveria
Crassula
Kalanchoe
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.

Comments (4)

  • 22 May, 2008

    just mix sand with your potting soil and they will be happy, happy, happy.

  • 22 May, 2008

    just mix sand with your potting soil and they will be happy, happy, happy.

  • 22 May, 2008

    I live in Florida and have been growing all types of succulents and cacti for years. Down here you find them growing wild and all you have to do is stick them in a pot and love them. I just got a new cactus at the beach that has now sprouted a yellow flower. They are also easy to grow from seed even if you don't know what you are doing.

  • 16 May, 2008

    I enjoyed this tremdously and wished it included what was in the soil for succulent plants. can you tell me what the soil is made up of? just buy cactus soil? thanks joni