Gardening with | Succulents

My first introduction, to these thick, fleshy (succulent) leafed plants, was actually very recent, just around August 2015, at one of our local markets, the Upmarket. I instantly fell in love and bought 4 from Melissa, a vendor there. She's been selling imported succulents and since grabbing my first succulent family, I have since re-potted them, lost some, propagated just a couple and still trying to learn about this so-called hardly plant family. Plant killers lemme get an Amen. Sigh. 

According to Wiki, Succulents are:

plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word "succulent" comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap.[1] Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems. Some definitions also include roots, thus geophytes that survive unfavorable periods by dying back to underground storage organs may be regarded as succulents. In horticultural use, the term "succulent" is sometimes used in a way which excludes plants that botanists would regard as succulents, such as cacti. Succulents are often grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance.

Thing is I am a hit or miss gurl, both in the kitchen and in the garden so I have decided to document what I have learned, what I do, what works and what doesn't so that I can use these as little reminders/ garden references as I continue on cooking and gardening myself.

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Succulent | Perfect for Aspiring Gardeners without Green Thumbs
A simple guide to succulent gardening
  • 3 parts Potting Mix
  • 3 parts Sand (Beach Sand)
  • A pair Gloves
  • 1 bowl Mixing Bowl
  • 1 shovel Hand Shovel
  • 1 Potting Container (Shallow)
  • 1 Tiny watering/ spray can
  • 1 minimum Lot of succulents for your garden
In yard bucket mix 3 parts potting mix and equal parts sand (I've gone to the beach upon the advise of Ms. Wendly Lee Yuen and grabbed some sand) into a well-mixed batch of succulent mix. I call this my very own Succulent Mix, you can to. Store, in dry covered container for use for all future Succulent PlantingFill your potting container with your Succulent mix, just about enough Succulent mix so that the plants when placed in the pot are not drowned by the pot lip or rim and are in thereabouts the same plain as the rim or lip. Also fill so that all roots are able to be covered by Succulent mix.Re-pot your succulents roots intact into potting container Top up container with Succulent mix compressing firm the roots just under, leaving enough head space for spill over free watering when watering. In this way the water has space to collect in the pot. You should be moderately watering your succulents so this space should be a small one and nothing that will allow excessive water collectionPlace you newly potted succulent(s) in a spot that receives light for at least 4-6 hours of indirect morning light per day Water until water shows collecting in lip between soil and the rim of the pot. Drain off any water collecting in the pots saucer. An option and probably the better of the two options is to water from the bottom up, this way you do not disturb the soil, or tiny succulent leaves. Water once the soil is dried out. Fertilize with a fertilizer of your choice, all plants need food, including succulents. You can fertilize with your normally watering schedule.
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I used to this to make this printable gardening guide.