October 29, 2013
Planting Succulents In Cement Troughs
As a gardener, I've always loved the exotic forms and unusual coloration of succulents. These plants require very little maintenance and are able to survive prolonged drought because they store moisture in their fleshy stems, roots, and leaves. Succulents make excellent potted plants and Ryan McCallister, my gardener, grew and planted many succulents around the bases of the potted tropical plants that decorate the farm through the warm season. Before tucking the tropicals into their greenhouse for the winter, the succulents and other surrounding plants were removed from the pots and Ryan had a good idea on what to do with all the succulents. He decided to decorate the headhouse of the greenhouse.
1 This is one of three cement troughs that Ryan planted with a mixture of succulents.
2 The succulents came out of the many outdoor planters, which adorned the farm all summer. This is a mix of different varieties of echeveria, crassula, agave, and aeonimum.
3 I have a total of six of these very heavy cement troughs. They measure 40"-long and 9"-high.
4 Ryan covered the drain holes with broken pottery shards, to ensure good drainage.
5 To protect the interior of the pot, the trough was lined with an all-purpose garden fabric.
6 The fabric was trimmed so as not to be seen.
7 Ryan then began filling the trough with a planting medium.
8 He used a good quality potting soil and mixed in some sand for even better drainage, which succulents require.
9 He then began planting. This is an oscularia deltoides, or Pink Ice Plant at one end.
10 And an orange tinted crassula at the other
11 He trimmed off anything unsightly. This is an echevaria Topsy Turvy.
12 These fleshy-leaved plants thrive in the simplest of pots and their distinctive shapes and colors provide endless opportunities for creativity.
13 Ryan used a dibble to dig down into the planting mix. Succulent roots like to be deep.
14 Succulents are mostly native to arid regions, and they store water in their fleshy leaves, stems, and roots, enabling them to resist drought.
15 Ryan wanted this succulent "landscape" to be at varying heights so he added a couple of taller aeoniums in the center.
16 Ryan chose these small tin pans to place beneath the drip holes of the troughs.
17 He used my favorite EZ Glide Surface Protectors on the bottoms of the tins.
18 Assisted by Wilmer, the troughs were hefted up and...
19 Set on top of the tins on the window sill.
20 I really like the way this looks.
21 Succulents thrive in bright light and they should do quite well with the eastern exposure of this window.
22 The planting continued
23 Ryan made sure that all empty spaces were filled.
25 And gorgeous! These troughs will be watered once every week, or so.