Potting up succulents

Katherine Barlow, owner of Dirt Therapy nursery in Kranshoek, Plettenberg Bay, gives her tips on potting up succulents

  • Select a small terracotta pot – the perfect pot is quite shallow. If necessary, disinfect your pot with a solution of one part household bleach to nine parts water.
  • Add sand and gravel and fill the pot with ordinary potting soil.
  • Choose a small succulent like echeveria. Try Echeveria elegans or E. ‘Violet Queen’.
  • Make a hole in the centre of the soil with a pencil or dibber and insert the stem of the plant. Firm the soil around it.
  • Water lightly. Place the pot in a sunny, well-ventilated spot. Don’t fertilise your succulent as it may lose colour. Water twice a week in summer and once a week in winter.

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