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Project by Gone_Tropical posted 01-30-2011 03:29 PM 4536 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heat loving succulents are drought-tolerant, maintenance free, easy to grow and so unique. Growing them in dish gardens add year round interest.

What I used:

Clay pot saucer, fiberglass saucer, shallow hypertufa bowls
Drill with concrete drill bit for adding drainage holes to pots
Well draining soil mix, either mix your own or buy cacti soil mix
Pebbles, rocks, shells, etc.
and of course the Succulents

There are of course many different ways to create your dish garden, I like the rock garden style, so here is how I did mine:
I mixed pebbles with the soil mix for added drainage and piled it onto the pot saucer to form a mound. The succulents don’t really have a huge root ball, it is easy to plant them. I liked the tall one in the center and added the others around it. A couple of bigger rocks add interest and a layer of pebbles give it a neat finish and holds the soil in place.

Some things to keep in mind:

Don’t plant your succulents too deeply
They prefer sun to part shade
In rainy summers, move the dish garden under cover after a couple of days of rain
Protect from frost
During the winter months, keep on the dry side
Any of the smaller growing succulents will be a good choice for dish gardens.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ



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Gone_Tropical

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hardiness zone 9b

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dini

1591 posts in 2409 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 01-30-2011 03:32 PM

Lovely. I may try one of those, inside.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-30-2011 04:23 PM

I think it was an interview with Martha Stewart that I saw a big birdbath turned into such a project for indoors. It was a beautiful addition to the room.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Gone_Tropical

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hardiness zone 9b

posted 01-30-2011 04:44 PM

Birdbaths or fountains…. but those are darn heavy to haul around. pot saucers are way lighter ;-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-30-2011 05:44 PM

yah, I think you would have to have “the” spot for something big like that in your house :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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daltxguy

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posted 01-31-2011 01:28 AM

Nice! I started one too but it doesn’t look as nice as yours. I’ll have to find something more interesting to put it in

What is the name of the one with the yellow/red blooms? I have one of those too but I don’t know the name of it. It is blooming now for me.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Iris43

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posted 01-31-2011 03:10 PM

Those look really nice. I can see a grouping of cacti plantings, tucked into a sunny, hot corner where you might have trouble growing other flowers. Excellent Idea, G_T.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 01-31-2011 03:40 PM

daltxguy, the one flowering orange in the top picture is Echeveria minima.

glad you like the idea :)
For me it got a bit out of hand, I have 20 or so by now and what a chore to haul them under cover when the Summer rains are starting….

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Bon

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posted 01-31-2011 04:07 PM

What a nice looking arrangement you have there.Well done.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-31-2011 05:34 PM

wouldn’t it be easier to design a cover? (instead of hauling them all inside)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1404 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 01-31-2011 05:38 PM

Florida summer rains are torrential. it would have to be a complete cover and that would suffocate them, I would think.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-31-2011 06:43 PM

I’m too lazy to be hauling – I’d be figuring out a backup plan – even if it used as much energy as the hauling haha A Psychological thing

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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daltxguy

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posted 01-31-2011 10:08 PM

Mine sit outside year round and we get plenty of rain – 6ft/year. I would think as long as they are in well draining soil/gravel or containers and in a sunny place ( when it’s not raining), that letting them get soaked wouldn’t matter?

G_T – thanks for the info – that’s it! ( I keep that one outside in the rain too, btw)

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1404 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 01-31-2011 10:25 PM

glad I could be of help. and good for you that you are able to keep them outside :-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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justjoel

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 03-09-2011 05:13 PM

I might try a succulent topiary – saw one in a gardening magazine. Yours are lovely.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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