A raised bed in the garden performs numerous functions. It keeps soil warm, enhances drainage, and more. Making a raised bed for cacti also lets you amend the soil so it is perfect for these succulents.
Moreover, how do you raise a succulent garden?
Simply so, are succulents good for the garden?
If you’re a gardener without much room or time to care for plants, then succulents are a great choice. These tough little survivors come from parts of the world with dry tropical or semi-tropical climates, like deserts and steppes, and are easy to grow virtually anywhere, as well as in containers.
Can you plant succulents in garden soil?
In conclusion the great majority of succulents will be fine in plain garden soil, though if the soil is poor quality they may not grow very fast and might not reach their full size.
Don’t use heavy garden soils, and don’t use potting mixes that contain vermiculite, or any type of moisture control potting mix that says it retains water. Succulents need a well draining potting soil, not one that holds moisture.
The short answer is yes! They thrive in sunny locations with warm, dry climates and can tolerate some neglect, so growing succulents outdoors is a great option. Grow succulents in-ground, in pots, or tuck them away in unexpected planting spots.
To make a succulent garden you will need:
- Small pebble rocks for drainage.
- Potting soil mixture for cactus or succulents.
- Sphagnum moss for filtration.
- Activated charcoal for filtration.
- Various succulent plants of your choice.
- Moss, gravel, rocks or marbles for decorating.
Yes. Succulents have shallow roots and do not require very deep pots with a ton of soil to grow. In fact, succulents prefer a somewhat shallow pot, or just enough soil to encourage the roots and the plant to spread out.
Generally it’s best to wait until after the last frost and when the nights don’t drop below 40F. While you could plant some succulents outside before then, you’ll find the best success with planting when the weather is warmer. Avoid waiting until summer though, as the heat can cause just as many problems as the cold.
A little rain won’t harm healthy succulents and cacti. In fact, even a lot of rain can be beneficial to your garden. As a general rule, succulents prefer infrequent but deep water. A heavy rain might be just what your plants need to look perky and vibrant after a dry or hot spell.
You’re probably wondering about growing succulents outside in winter with the moisture that comes from rain, snow, and ice. If your succulents are growing in the ground, plant them in a base of perlite, coarse sand, coarse vermiculite, or pumice mixed with half peat moss, compost, or cactus soil.