Living in the midwest with all of its wonderfully fickle weather makes it difficult to maintain my love for succulents. Every spring I’ve set out with great intentions of starting a beautiful succulent container garden that will last throughout the year, but I haven’t exactly mastered my green thumb. I’ve learned my lesson – most definitely at the expense of a hen and chick, or two – so I want to share some tips in hopes that you can avoid making the same mistakes.
4 Tips to Grow Succulents in the Midwest
1. Make it Portable
Like I mentioned – midwest weather is fickle. It could be snowing one day then sunny and warm the next. For that reason, succulents are better off in a container garden in the midwest. By planting them in a portable container you can enjoy your succulents anywhere in your home throughout the year without ever worrying about what the weather might bring tomorrow.
2. Let it Drain
As you are putting your container garden together make sure you use a container with plenty of drainage. It is great if you can put a layer of gravel down first as well. This allows for excellent quick drainage which succulents prefer.
3. Water Sparingly
Succulents are drought prone and used to surviving in the desert so they don’t need watered that frequently. Plus their fleshy leaves store water, so even when the soil is dry they’ve still got some water in reserve. I would suggest following the watering instructions on whatever variation you buy.
4. Keep It Warm
Because succulents are drought prone they like a warmer, humid climate. Going back to the portability, it is important to keep succulents somewhere they can get lots of direct sun and stay warm and cozy all year long.
What simple tricks do you use to keep your precious succulents thriving all year long? Share in the comments below!