Hi all, I'm certainly not greenthumb so I'm looking for some advice. I've recently built some brick/render planter boxes and I've now filled them with 'garden mix' soil (loose/well-draining) ready for succulents.
Do you have any recommendations on some fertiliser (I assume slow release) which I should mix through the soil to give my plants a boost and some long-term nutrients?
I don't make my own compost but I am setting up a worm farm soon and plan to spread their "liquid gold" in my gardens.
Thanks very much @Noelle - guess I'll lay off the worm juice then 😀
And good to hear Osmocote All Purpose is OK because it's easy to get.
Hi, I’m a ‘newbie’ and I have a question about the succulent garden bed - I have quite a few of them myself, but rather than having them all in a bed, I’ve stuck them around various places. I just don’t know exactly how much sun they really like! I’ve always thought that they would prefer a hot, sunny position with limited watering because of their ability to hold water in the leaves, but it seems it’s not a hard and fast rule - is this correct? Do some like more attention than others (shade & water)
Could anyone put me on the correct course with these lovely, little plants?
Do you know the names of the plants you have @jane_5? Or perhaps you could share some photos? That way members can provide more specific and useful advice.
Let me extend a very warm welcome to the Workshop community. We look forward to reading more about your projects and plans for around the house and garden.
hi Jason, thank you for the welcome and I can see myself spending many hours here!
in reply to the question re the names of my succulents - I know I have chalk sticks, fire sticks and aloes. However, although I have a lot of the common ones, I don’t know their names!
I have included a couple of photos and you can see the chalk sticks live happily in full sun all day long, whereas the others prefer to have some shade.
Really I only wrote originally because it does seem to be a case of trial and error but why? They’re all succulents, holding their water and I don’t understand why they don’t all like the same conditions. 🤔I’m sorry I repeated a photo! I’m still a learner 😂
Thank you Noelle, your answer has cleared up a lot of things I had wondered about, and now it makes it much easier to know where to put certain succulents and why others aren’t doing so well!
I have a really pretty one -green with red around the edges in a fine line, the information that came with it said it needs the sun to keep the red colour going, but I have found that it doesn’t seem to like the sun and as you said the green ones prefer some shade, it make sense.
So thank you again, I’ll remember what you have said and take heed in the future!