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Beautiful and indestructible

Written by Doug Oster on .

succulents
Strawberries don't really do well in strawberry pots unless unless you can water them daily in the heat of the summer. But succulents will thrive in these clay pots. I got these plants from Chapon's Grenhouse in Baldwin, they have a wide selection to choose from. These succulents are similar to cactus as far as watering requirements, but don't have sharp spines so they are easy to handle. One trick I learned at Chapon's was to soak the pot in water for an hour or so before planting. The porous clay soaks up the water and in turn won't absorb water from the moist planting mix used to plant in.

Some of the plants pictured are tender, they'll grow as houseplants this time of the year then will enjoy time outside from May through September when they are returned to the windowsill.

I plant one of these annually as they add interest to areas in the house filled with plants. The only way to kill them is by overwatering, so take it easy and just enjoy their beauty.

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