Designing A Bold And Beautiful Variegated Succulent Garden

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Variegated succulents are trendy for their unique multi-colored leaves. In addition, they’re low-maintenance and versatile, making them a great addition to any garden.

Let’s get you started on your succulent garden.

Understanding What Variegated Succulents Are

Variegation refers to the occurrence of non-green areas on the leaves and stems of plants due to the absence of chlorophyll in some of their cells. Any succulent plant can be classified as variegated if it displays varied colors in its leaves, stems, flowers, or trunks within the same structure.

Variegation can take different forms, including stripes, spots, spatters, blotches, and shadings.

Choosing The Right Succulents

When selecting variegated succulents, there are several factors to consider.

Color – consider the surrounding environment and choose colors that will complement it.

Color patterns – some succulents have bold, contrasting patterns, while others have more subtle patterns.

Shape and size – they can come in a compact or rounded shape, while others have elongated, trailing stems.

Available space – select succulents that will fit the area in the garden that is available.

Growth habits – some succulents grow tall and upright, while others grow low and spread out.

Desired effect – choose succulents that will grow in the desired manner you are looking for.

Type Of Garden

Variegated succulents create stunning gardens in various styles, including container, rock, and raised beds.

Container gardens are ideal for limited spaces and are easy to customize. Rock gardens showcase succulents among various-sized rocks, while raised beds offer a structured and organized design for arranging succulents.

Planting And Maintenance

Planting and maintaining variegated succulents requires careful attention to soil, watering, and fertilization.

Soil requirements: Use well-draining soil to avoid root rot. A soil mixture of equal parts of sand, perlite, and potting soil works well. Avoid heavy or clay soils that retain water.

Planting: Plant succulents in moist but not waterlogged soil. Dig a slightly larger hole than the root ball, place the plant in it, and gently fill the soil around it. Ensure that the soil surface and the top of the root ball are at the same level.

Watering: To avoid overwatering succulents, only water when the soil is completely dry. Don’t let water sit in the saucer under the pot. Succulents are drought-tolerant and can go without water for weeks.

Fertilization: Variegated succulents do not require frequent fertilization. A slow-release fertilizer can be applied once a year in the spring.

Maintaining a healthy garden: Be aware of pests and diseases (like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects), and check plants frequently for signs of infestation (e.g., webbing, white fluff, or bumps on leaves). Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat infested plants.

Prevent root rot and fungal infections by using well-draining soil and avoiding overwatering. Remove and dispose of any wilting or yellowing leaves and diseased plants to prevent the disease from spreading.

Start On Your Variegated Succulent Garden Today With Succs On Tap!

Designing a bold and beautiful succulent garden can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you’re a seasoned succulent enthusiast or a beginner, the unique textures and colors of variegated succulents will surely impress. Get started on your new gardening project today and check out Succs on Tap’s selection of variegated succulents!

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