Faux plants indoors
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Faux plants indoors
We’re still getting through the cold months here in the UK and I wanted to share some indoor faux plants with you.
The first is the ever popular succulent plant. What’s great about succulents is that they actually are succulents! These are plants that belong in a desert. A desert in the UK or Europe, at least.
While not as easy to find in abundance in shops or online, succulents can be easily grown in your home using a few simple and cheap materials.
The materials you will need for a succulent are a pot, stones, compost, water, and the most important thing of all, a little sun!
If you’re planning to grow a succulent from seed you will need to allow several weeks for your seeds to germinate. During this time you will need to provide a little extra care for your seedlings. If you’re not sure what I mean by that then here’s a handy guide to how to germinate your seeds: https://garden-blog.com/how-to-germinate-your-seeds/
Once your seeds have germinated you can move them to your pots where they need to be watered from the bottom up. I tend to water every day, and at first use a bulb watering tool for most of the watering. But after a week or so you’ll notice that your seedlings are starting to use the pot as their drinking cup!
During the first few weeks of growth, they should not be watered to the point of saturation. Too much water will make your plants look unhealthy and may lead to root rot. Keep them at just below soil level. Once they start to grow, the top of the pot will fill with compost.
You can leave your succulents to develop for around a month before planting them in the garden. If you’ve only got one container then it’s a good idea to divide the plant when it’s ready. This may not be the easiest thing to do, but after you’ve done it you’ll feel like a seasoned gardener.
Once you’ve finished with one plant, you can transplant it to the rest of your garden and let it flourish.
Succulent Plant Care
When taking your succulents outside, remember that there are a lot of bugs out there and you may find that one plant is a bit nibbled when you least expect it. So I recommend you take them inside or cover the container with something such as insect netting to avoid this problem. The same applies to your pot.
To keep them looking in tip-top shape, apply a succulents-loving fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10. Fertilizer helps the plant to grow but it will also help to prevent damage from insects and to promote the plant’s survival.
As a general rule, don’t let the pot dry out, so take care to keep the compost moist. If you have a terracotta pot, take care not to water it with water directly from the tap. Use a watering can or hosepipe instead and remember to water your succulents thoroughly. As long as the plant gets watered regularly it should be fine.
What Kind of Succulents?
Succulents are a popular choice for gardeners, as they’re tough and adaptable. In fact, they’ve come a long way from when they were nothing more than cacti. There’s a whole world of succulents to choose from, and for a beginner garden grower, that can be daunting. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to start growing succulents. Take a look at our list of top ten succulents.
1. Sedum – Many gardeners tend to group sedums into one large group as they have many names, including stonecrop, rockcress, moss rock, mason’s joy and many more. However, this group includes a vast range of different species. Sedums grow from a rosette, and they produce bright yellow or white flowers in late spring and early summer.
2. Aloe vera – One of the most commonly used succulents, aloe vera is very popular with gardeners and home gardeners alike. It’s one of the most common houseplants, and it’s very easy to grow. With a minimum amount of care, aloe vera can provide you with a green plant all year round. There are many different varieties, all of which tend to look very much the same.
3. Penstemons – Penstemons have been around for thousands of years, and they have been used for medicinal purposes as well as ornamentation. They thrive in Mediterranean climates, as they require warmer temperatures than most other succulents. They’re great for people who enjoy gardening, but they’re also perfect for children’s gardens. Penstemons have a number of different color variations. You can use these to decorate your garden, and they’re ideal for cutting.
4. Sedum alfredii – This particular species of sedum thrives in full sun and dry climates. The plants are quite easy to grow, and they don’t require much watering.Sedum alfredii looks nice in large clumps or in low-maintenance potted arrangements.
5. Sedum – Sedum has a reputation for being one of the easiest succulents to grow. It has very small leaves, which means you can easily pot up smaller plants in one batch. These plants are very easy to grow, and they’re very pretty. If you like to keep plants with a particular color, then choose a yellow or red-orange sedum.
6. Sedum sieboldii – This particular variety of sedum has been around for hundreds of years. The plant is very drought-tolerant, which means you can keep it in a pot for much longer without worrying about its water needs. It does grow to be quite large in size, so it’s probably best to start out with smaller pots. Once the plant begins to flower, you’ll need to remove the blooms. The plant will reseed, which means you’ll be able to grow another plant from the same piece of plant material. This particular variety is easy to grow, and it looks very pretty when it’s in full bloom.
7. Sedum rubrotinctum – Sedum rubrotinctum is a very easy-to-grow and easy-to-manage plant that’s very attractive when in full bloom. It’s hardy, and it doesn’t need a lot of water. It does a great job of attracting birds and butterflies to your garden. The flowers of this particular sedum will be the brightest and most colorful when it blooms. You can grow these plants in large clumps, or you can choose to grow the plants in a planter.
8. Sedum lineare – Sedum lineare is one of the most desirable varieties of sedum. This plant’s stems are very upright, which means they’re easily supported in your garden. It has many more leaves than it’s larger-growing cousins, which means the plant will grow larger than you’d expect from its pot size. Sedum is very easy to grow, but it does require a lot of sun