I’d like to share my new gardening hobby with you.
Succulents were never my favourite plants until two years ago. As I downsized to a courtyard garden, I had to come up with ideas to create miniature displays, to beautify the sterile look of the tiled courtyard.
I started off with a shallow medium pot and planted about 5 different types of succulents. To my amazement these grew profusely, and soon I was propagating them into larger pots. The advantage of growing succulents is that they don’t need a lot of TLC. They thrive in all types of conditions and you cannot kill them. Make sure your pot has a drainage hole, as they don’t like soggy roots. Succulents also make a lovely centrepiece on the dining table, and you save on buying flowers.
Succulents plants are very versatile. You can purchase them everywhere, from Garden centres, gift shops, florists to fruit shops and even Ikea. I usually buy them at the local markets and always look for new varieties and colours.
When you mix them up in various colours and shapes they make a stunning display. Another great idea is to propagate them in advance and make up mini gardens to give as gifts. Your friends or family will love you for taking the trouble to create a personal gift.
I now have interesting stories to relate about my obsession with my succulents. Showing off my succulent photos to family or friends always starts an interesting conversation.
I hope I have inspired you to take up this easy hobby that does not need much care. They don’t need a lot of space, and you can grow them in any container, even an old boot!
Here are a few of my new creations – hope you like them.