A top dressing for succulents is a layer of inorganic matter like pebbles, gravel, crushed rock or crushed seashells applied in an even layer over the top of the soil after the plants are in place. A succulent’s top dressing completely covers the soil to a depth of about a 1/3 inch, and is left in place.
Moreover, do succulents need a top dressing?
Applying top dressings is the quickest way to enhance the look of potted succulents. Covering the soil not only makes for an attractive arrangement, but it can protect succulent leaves from standing water and rot.
Beside above, what happens when you top a succulent?
Once the end of the cutting has calloused over (dried out completely and looks “scabbed”) you can plant it in soil and begin watering it. … The leaves you left on the base plant originally may fall off or die at some point. This is very normal, but won’t necessarily happen. Don’t be alarmed if they do fall off though!
Should I put pebbles on top of soil?
Laying pebbles over soil makes sure the soil doesn’t get eroded by rain or damaged from over-exposure to sunlight. This makes sure your plants live longer and don’t get damaged by unideal conditions. … Gardening pebbles also last longer than grass and they are easier to manage.
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.