Tip: Uneven Sun Exposure for Potted Plants: Uneven Sun Exposure for Potted Plants

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Tip: Uneven Sun Exposure for Potted Plants

By webesemps
March 10, 2013

In my experience, sun exposure for my potted succulent plants is never optimal. When one side of the pot gets more sun than the other side, I notice that leaves on one side become longer or stems begin to stretch towards the sun. This will sometimes disrupt the compactness and aesthetics of the plant. It helps to regularly rotate the pots to ensure even sun exposure. Rotation can be as simple as turning a pot 45 degrees.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 9, 2013 6:12 PM CST
Bev, this is a wonderful tip. I started doing it a couple of years ago and noticed a big improvement in appearance of the plants. Thumbs up
Love the container combo you used in the tip. What are the plants?
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 10, 2013 3:36 AM CST
Gee, I had to research...Yuk! But here's what I got so far, and if anybody has a more accurate ID please feel free to pipe in; I would appreciate it. In the meantime I will also try to fill in any blanks to names I don't have yet.
There is in the pot Echeveria agavoides var.corderoyi, Echeveria glauca, Echeveria agavoides "Lipstick", Sedum spurium 'John Creech', Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'(?) and Sedum noid.
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Mar 10, 2013 6:03 AM CST
Great tip for all containers Bev, but you're right - it really makes a difference for succulents.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 10, 2013 2:59 PM CST
Thanks Bev, it made for such a lovely planting.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 11, 2013 12:46 AM CST
Very nice! good tip! I often go to people's houses and turn their plants, they usually just look at me in an odd way but don't say much! Confused Rolling on the floor laughing
I do love that planting! Should have realized that it is one you did, rather than just a photo you took! Nice job I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 11, 2013 12:49 AM CST
Thank you, Mr. Colluci! Rolling my eyes.
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gg5
Mar 11, 2013 12:56 AM CST
Ha its Colucci (one l, 2 c's!) you're welcome though! I tip my hat to you.
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Marilyn
Mar 11, 2013 1:16 AM CST
Bev,

I like the bluish-green plant in the container. Thumbs up

Great tip! nodding

Greg,

Italian, eh?! DH's last name is Italian, but doesn't have the spelling of what most Italian names are. Smiling
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 11, 2013 1:23 AM CST
Marilyn said:Bev,

I like the bluish-green plant in the container. Thumbs up

Great tip! nodding


It's an Echeveria that is mounding, mounding, mounding. I will need to knock it down.

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Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 11, 2013 1:29 AM CST
Hmm there may be a couple of folks who wouldn't mind a cutting nodding Whistling
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 11, 2013 1:30 AM CST
I do like the sound and spelling of most Italian names that I've seen! There always kindof "fun"!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 11, 2013 1:32 AM CST
Never thought of Italian names that way, but you're right! Hilarious!
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webesemps
Mar 11, 2013 1:34 AM CST
gg5 said:Hmm there may be a couple of folks who wouldn't mind a cutting nodding Whistling


Will send with the coral-pink graptosedum...one of these days...
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Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 11, 2013 3:02 AM CST
Bev,

Why do you need to knock it down? Confused

Greg,

Sure sounds like you're begging for a cutting! Whistling Hilarious!
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Mar 11, 2013 3:06 AM CST
DH's name is Grua (pronounced with 2 syllables), but looking at it and pronouncing it, you wouldn't think so. But he says it is. I took his name and have to explain it sometimes. Really like the 'typical' Italian names with their pronunciations.
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 11, 2013 3:37 AM CST
Marilyn said:Bev,

Why do you need to knock it down? Confused

Not necessarily knock it down (poor choice of words). I mean to pare/prune/dissemble to smaller proportion. I have boundries that I want the aesthetics to keep within and when things grow beyond that, I intervene. Trying to keep in check: scale, proportion,even distribution of color and texture, etc.

Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
Rabbit Keeper Birds Hummingbirder Salvias Xeriscape Organic Gardener
Container Gardener Cottage Gardener Bee Lover Forum moderator Butterflies Apples
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Marilyn
Mar 11, 2013 4:43 AM CST
Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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gg5
Mar 11, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Me beg??? Big Grin I like the name Grua! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 11, 2013 1:02 PM CST
Greg, stop drooling. Hilarious!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 11, 2013 1:36 PM CST
I agree It's Greg's job...

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