Gardening: Gardening 101 with Steve McShane
Steve McShane of McShane's Nursery in Salinas offers his best planting tips for succulent container gardens.
Potted succulents are perfect plants for your porch, patio or deck, thanks to their small size, water-saving habits and sun-loving nature. These tips from nursery owner Steve McShane will help you start a successful succulent container garden:
- Select a container with drainage holes. Spread gravel in the bottom of the container to speed drainage, and top with a potting soil mix designed for succulents or cacti.
- Plant succulents tightly in the container. They are slow-growing, so pack them into the pot from the start.
- Be sure to finish off your arrangement by using a top dressing. Your design will look more professional. As always, be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole and if your arrangement is outside, use pot feet to give your plants better airflow.
- Let the pots dry out slightly between watering. Succulents store water in their fleshy leaves and flourish in dry conditions.
- Add details to give your landscape your own personal flair. Place the arrangement in a warm, partly shaded site.
- Bring containers indoors to a bright windowsill in winter.
For more information about McShane's Nursery, visit mcshanesnursery.com.