Succulents have unique adaptations that have made them hardy and versatile enough to survive a variety of harsh conditions. Therefore, your succulent should be able to survive on or in rocks so long as they have just enough soil to cover their roots.
Considering this, why do people put succulents in rocks?
First, it helps keep the soil in place while you’re watering. Especially if you’re using an organic soil that has very small particles, the top dressing will help hold it all in place. Second, it can help enhance the colors in your succulents, or compliment them.
Correspondingly, can I use rocks instead of soil for succulents?
DON’T use moss in your succulent pots. It looks pretty but it traps moisture and encourages fungi/bacteria. Also avoid non-porous rocks like pea gravel, river rocks, fish rocks, sand, glass marbles, etc. You can use a few rocks here and there as decoration as long as the soil has plenty of air to breath.
How do you plant succulents in a rock garden?
You may choose to move in very large rocks to plant around, fill in entirely with rock and tuck succulents in between cracks, or plant first and then gently spread rocks amongst the plants. The easiest is probably the first and it can be combined with rocks of different sizes.
Most succulents thrive in dry conditions because too much moisture can cause the plants to rot. … You can grow them indoors in a dish filled with gravel, which provides adequate moisture drainage, although some soil is still necessary to provide nutrients and a medium for the succulent roots.
A: For years, experts told gardeners to put a layer of gravel, pebbles, sand or broken pieces of pot in the bottom of the pot before potting up houseplants or outdoor plants. The idea was to improve drainage. But research shows that this advice is wrong. Water doesn’t travel well from one medium to another.
Succulent Outdoor Plants
Sedum and sempervivum are easy to grow and adaptable to bright, sunny locations or even slightly dappled areas. Whatever types of plants you choose, succulents need well-drained soil. They can thrive in cracks and crevasses, rockeries, and sandy or gritty soils.
The main purpose of placing pebbles on the bottom of the potted succulent plant is to enhance drainage. Succulents and cacti naturally grow in sandy soils that drain quickly. Succulent roots should never be left in wet soil. The rocks help move water through the soil to prevent the roots from rotting.