Some like it hot

Succulent cuttings ready to be stuck in soil

Last week we talked about plants that like cool houses.  This week is for those who crank up the heat in their house during the winter.

There are so many beautiful cactus and succulents.  They are gorgeous when they’re in bloom.  There are also medicinal succulents like aloe vera.

Plant them in very loose soil.  A little soil and lots of small gravel (crump) is perfect for them.  They like it very dry and can take a lot of sun and heat.  Some can take less light so check your conditions and buy the right plant for the right place.

They don’t need much water either.  If totally neglected over time they will shrivel up but it takes a long time.  It’s much easier to kill them by overwatering.  If you’re neglectful then these are the plants for you.

These can go outside on the patio during the summer and then back inside for the winter.  If you put them out for the summer, make sure you harden them off. They can get sunburned just like we do if we go out and sit in the hot sun without any protection.  After they have been out in the shade for a couple of days gradually give them hot sun and after a few days they’ll be able to take it.

To see some cool succulents and cacti in bloom check out Rob’s segment:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=375010

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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