Succulent plants grow anywhere. They thrive with minimum fuss, flourish with little care and grow in small amounts of soil and the maximum amount of sunshine. Better still, they require little moisture, making them a stylish solution to Australia’s water crisis. Succulents have bold foliage forms and bright colours, and their ease of growing has ensured the revival of their popularity. Embrace them in all corners of your garden, in pots in your courtyard, on windowsills and even as indoor plants. They are one of nature’s most versatile beauties.

Why we love Succulents

  • They  can be grown in all regions and are ideal for growing in pots.
  • They require little moisture, so any watering restrictions are no problem.
  • Plant them, in well-drained soil, during autumn and spring but not winter, as it’s too cold and wet.

Guide to growing cacti & succulents:

  • Most cacti grow in open, sunny positions protected from excess humidity.
  • They prefer open, sandy, well-drained potting mix or soil.
  • Some of the tree-dwelling epiphytic cacti (such as zygocactus) need semi-shade and more humidity.
  • Epiphytic cacti are often grown in hanging baskets.
  • Cactus growth slows down in cooler weather, and watering should be reduced during cool months.
  • The term ‘succulent’ refers to a plant’s ability to store water.
  • Succulents are very adaptable and will grow in a wide range of situations.
  • Cacti and succulents tend to be slow growing.
  • Most cacti benefit from an annual light dressing of Yates Dolomite Lime.

Tips for potted cacti & succulents

  • When handling cacti wear gloves and use a loop of folded newspaper to grip and lift the plant.
  • Handle gently – cacti are very susceptible to root damage.
  • Mulch with a layer of gravel or quartz.

Feeding and watering

Succulents benefit from a controlled-release fertiliser in a granule form applied during spring and summer, when they are actively growing. These plants are like a living sponge, they take what they need from rainfall and the excess must be able to drain away quickly. Be aware that persistently wet soil will quickly spell death for succulents, as their stems will rot away at the base. Avoid this by planting in well-drained soils, crevices, pots, and mounded garden beds, and completely avoid watering in winter.

Pest control

  • Mealybugs – these small, fluffy-coated sucking pests flourish in dry conditions. 
  • Scale insects – The first thing to do with a plant that is infected with scale is to physically remove the scale from the plant. This can be done using your fingernail or a tweezers, but the most efficient method is with a spray nozzle on your garden hose. Left untreated, scale will spread to other nearby cactus plants, but they seem to prefer certain species over others. To prevent repeated outbreaks, you should treat your plant with a systemic insecticide. Avoid treating during hot weather.



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