Australian Desert Blooms have just heard that it has been predicted that we are heading for our driest winter in a very long time. Hello dry, brown lawns and garden’s that are struggling to survive not just the cold, but also the lack of water.
Looking for a solution for a great looking garden?
Create a cacti and succulent garden that does not require a lot of water to thrive. You can easily add other plants to your garden, but by sticking to cacti and succulents you will have a low maintenance, water wise garden that looks amazing!
In this article we will provide you with some hints and tips, as well as some great inspiration for your next gardening project.
Australian Desert Blooms Garden Tips
Cacti plants do not do well when they sit in water. They are a desert plant, so the best way to make sure that your cactus garden does not sit in a pool of water is to ensure that the plot or pots that the plants are planted in and the soil are both well draining. A layer of pebbles helps ensure that the soil in a pot does not block the drainage holes.
During the summer months, cacti plants can be watered when the top of the soil is dry, but during the colder winter months of the year, these plants should only be watered when the top to mid depth of soil is dry and then given a water and fertiliser, when new growth begins the following spring.
Pre-made cacti and succulent soil is a great type of soil to use in pots because it is specially formulated for these types of plants and allows the water to drain away from the plant quickly.
If cacti are planted in a pot that confines the plant and makes it difficult to water, you can place the pot in a container of water and allow the root ball to suck the water to it for a short period of time.
For your plants in the garden, make sure the bed doesn’t sit in a hollow that will accumulate water and the soil is free draining. Add plenty of pebbles and sand to your existing garden for your cacti and succulents to thrive. You can also build the bed up higher than ground level and include large rocks to help with drainage and create an interesting rock garden.
Cacti and other succulents don’t require large amounts of fertiliser, but they generally appreciate some fertiliser during their growing season, which runs spring through summer.
Most cacti grow slowly and don’t mind being a bit pot bound. If you see roots pushing out of the pot, or if your plant has grown out of proportion to the container size, then it is time to re-pot.
A cacti and succulent wall is a great weekend gardening project and can be used in the garden or on a patio for great an instant green feature.
Be adventurous with your choices, colour, texture and size can create a visual masterpiece.