Sometimes things are looking a little shabby in the old succulent department... These little bubbies haven't really been well loved in sometime... sitting under the eaves with no water and a lot of sun... mistake! They have become a little misformed and somewhat crispy!
So this is the perfect occasion to do some succulent maintainence... Now I must tell you, this is the way I've been doing this for nearly 2 years, so it may not be the most effective way but it is my way...
So first you need the things above -
- Succulent and cacti potting mix (this gives the best result... although i have used normal potting mix and at one point even straight compost...)
- Somewhat overgrown succulents
- Seed raising tray (Not always essential I guess... but I think it helps the process a bit)
The seed raising tray below is one of mine... it is a bunnings one... my friend got similar at aldi for 1/3 of the price so if you see them there snap up a couple! I have another one but it's just not as pretty... also from bunnings..
First step is to fill the little holes with the potting mix, usually nearly all the way up to the top!
Then find some weird looking succulents that need some maintainence...
This first one is not so weird, it just has some extra babies hanging off its side... Perfect!
This next one went weird and long... trim that back... will see what happens there... haven't ever cut the main stem off before.. usually I would take that extra little bubby one out of the middle...
This one also had long bits... and a flower coming! But the flower needs to be removed if the succulent is going to grow more successfully this season! Also I did some pruning...
Found this little selection on the footpath after someone tore it off a bush.
Next step is to snip off the babies and pruning bits so there is a little bit to stick in the dirt:) Luckily these ones have little roots as well. They could have probably just have gone straight in a pot with the root system, but they are very tiny for a pot!
(At this point better homes and gardens man would have left them in the sun to form a callous on the cut so they don't rot.. but i have never done this.. not sure how much more successful it would be..)
Then just pop them in the dirt!
Then after maintaining a couple of plants you will end up with a little tray of loveliness like this:) I have two trays of lovelies right now! And in about 6 weeks they will be ready for planting in pots or you could pop them in the garden... or whatever!:)
Goodluck with your future succulent garden collection!