Associate Caroline, along with DIY blogger/gardening expert Whitney from The Curtis Casa, demonstrates how to plant a succulent container garden. They use a copper jelly pot, and fill it with succulents and cacti. Watch and see how they fare.
A potted succulent garden is something that can stay with you for years if properly cared for. Find out how to create a potted succulent garden with help from a nursery owner and flower expert in this free video clip.
Forget what you see and hear about planting a succulent garden in these videos. Instead, simply grow in "bubble SIPs" like this. All of these plants are growing in relatively low-cost planters from Home Depot and Lowe's equipped with very simple DIY sub-irrigation plumbing (see here, here and here).
The growing media is a basic light-weight mix of peat moss, or coir, bark and perlite from a big box store. Read the label on the bag before buying. Special "cactus and succulent" mix is not necessary.
Save yourself a lot of aggravation while saving precious time, plants and water. SIPs are a sustainable and environment-friendly way of growing plants. Try it, you'll like it...and you will help save the world! All drain holes do is waste water...and plants.
If you must live in a prior gardening century and grow plants in pots with drain holes read the following about putting pebbles, pottery shards or whatever in the bottom of the pot to improve drainage (as recommended in both videos).
YouTube has some great information but it's a horticultural minefield. There are lots of amateur gardeners selling their own "home brew." Caveat emptor!
via: The Telegraph UK
'Fill the bottom of the pot with extra drainage material, such as polystyrene pieces or crocks,” says the RHS book How to Garden. Most people seem to agree: the BBC Gardeners’ World website has instructions on planting up scores of different kinds of pots, but all begin with some variation on: “Place a layer of crocks in the bottom of the pot to improve drainage.”
So there you are, summer is just around the corner and you’re happily chucking broken crocks into the bottom of a plant container before adding some compost. While you’re doing this, “textural discontinuities”, “capillary barriers” and “funnelled flow” are probably not uppermost in your mind. But maybe they should be. Soil scientists, hydrologists and environmental engineers have long known that peculiar things happen at the junction between two layers of soil with different textures, and especially when a fine layer sits on top of a coarse layer. For example, scientists trying to track the movement of fertilisers, pesticides or other contaminants down soil profiles sometimes find that if the stuff they’re following encounters such a discontinuity (especially if it’s not perfectly level), it can stop heading downwards and zip off sideways, ending up a long way from where they expected to find it. Read more...