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Name: Kim
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Shymaiden32
May 17, 2016 3:21 PM CST
I recently bought a few succulents at the store the other day, never before having any, i have already almost killed one! any advice ? also if i take pictures of them can someone identify for me what they are? No identification on plants when purchased... Glare
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
May 17, 2016 3:33 PM CST
Welcome! Yes, pictures please.
Name: tarev
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tarev
May 17, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Welcome! Kim!

We love photos! Succulents are fun to grow, some like full sun some just okay with bright light, so it really helps to see what you got. One thing for sure, using well draining soil and using containers with drain holes, if you are growing them in containers.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
May 17, 2016 10:05 PM CST
And stop watering...
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DomehomeDee
May 17, 2016 10:55 PM CST
Welcome to gardening! I have been gardening for well, a long long time, and I have found that learning everything you can about the plant you are trying to grow really helps. People are amazed by my garden now but I killed my first cactus too. You are at the right place to learn and you can always post pictures of plants that you don't know what they are . . . we love to identify plants, makes us feel smart. Gardening is a great activity, but when you go outside . . . be sure to wear your sunscreen.
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Name: Kim
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Shymaiden32
May 28, 2016 11:29 AM CST
Here are the pictures of whatever I got...lol...like I said, never had succulents and got these because they were 50%off. Store was killing them, although i am not doing much better at keeping them alive. I have only watered them one time since owning them for a few weeks now, so it cant be warering. Also can you recommend a good soil mix. So many things on Google I am confused.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
May 28, 2016 2:23 PM CST
For most succulents you want to time the watering to correspond to when the soil is drying out. They like to go thoroughly wet (until water comes out the bottom of the pot) and then dry out most or all the way. You will get a good idea of when this happens through experience but you can get some idea by poking your finger into the soil (below the surface, which dries out much faster) or using a chopstick (which will come out a little moist, with soil bits stuck to it if the soil is still wet). There is no advantage in allowing the plants to stay dry for any extended period of time.

Your choice of soil depends on what is available but I would recommend a mix of half organic soil (like potting soil or whatever loose mix you have around) and half rock (like pumice, perlite, lava rock, chicken grit, whatever.... I use pumice).

My typical watering interval for potted succulents in the sun is once a week, given a well draining mix. It depends a lot on the weather (heat, sun, low humidity will cause faster drying) but that's my average interval here where temps are quite mild and the humidity typically runs around 80%.

Your purple plant is an Aeonium. Aeoniums have an annual cycle based on the climate they come from, which usually means active growth from fall through spring and then some degree of dormancy in the summer. So if the rosette shrinks up in coming months, do not be alarmed, that's probably just part of the cycle. You want to try to protect the plant from hot blazing sun in the summer as Aeoniums respond poorly to heat.

It looks like the other plants you have are a Sedum (fat round leaves) and a Kalanchoe (maybe). They should enjoy the same general treatment. When in doubt, provide a lot of light (filtered light is ideal during the summer if it gets hot outside, or maybe morning sun) since they are not shade plants. Again you will get a much better idea of how they respond through experience.

Hopefully this info is helpful. Please let me know if something was not clear. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Kim
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Shymaiden32
May 28, 2016 5:27 PM CST
I have them all proped up (the green ones) with bamboo sticks. Are they supposed to hang over the pot or stand?
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Name: Gemma
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jgemma
May 31, 2016 9:08 AM CST
Hello!
I'm still a bit new to this forum and I'm not sure where to post my question. This past weekend was moving weekend and I am DYING to give this front yard some TLC. I think the left and right sides of the house would look perfect with some succulents/desert plants in the rock beds that are already there (after we weed a bit) but I'm also new to planting succulents outside in rock beds.

1) Would this even be advisable? (we live in northeast Ohio - hot summers and can get rainy but very unpredictable)
2) If my idea can be done - I assume I'd dig up the current rock, lay down cactus soil, plant, then cover with existing rocks?
3) Are there certain types of succulents that would do better than others? (the left and right sides of house get a lot of shade from tree overhang above)

THANK YOU!!!

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Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Jun 1, 2016 11:09 AM CST
You well need to go with hardy succulents, tender succulents would not survive your cold winters. Think containers and someway to protect them from freezing.
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