Spring succulent garden (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Your Spring Succulent Checklist

Do these to avoid problems and maintain plant health

Links below take you to detailed information elsewhere on my site. And hey! Do visit my *Succulent Propagation Page---it's newly updated with basic-but-essential info.

  • Get rid of weeds, roots and all. They're easy to pull or hoe now while ground is soft from rain. If you wait, they'll use the rain to grow, grow, grow and go to seed.
  • Top-dress bare soil to enhance the appearance of planted areas, keep weeds at bay, reduce erosion, and hold in soil moisture.
  • Treat your agaves for snout weevil. This needs to be done every spring and fall. The pests attack agave relatives, so also douse yuccas, beaucarneas, mangaves and furcraeas.
  • Fertilize your plants as they enter their spring growth spurt.
  • Obtain nursery plants. Get them in the ground before summer heat hits.
  • Shop for flowering ice plants. They bloom gangbusters in spring, so this is your annual chance to select the colors you want.
  • *Start pups and cuttings. There's no better time.
  • If you've yet to do so, trim woody perennials (roses, mallow, salvias) by about half, and cut ornamental grassesto the ground.
  • Check your automatic irrigation system and adjust as needed. Don't wait---as I've done---until a prized plant dries-and-dies.

How to Propagate Succulents

How to Propagate Succulents Learn the many ways to make more succulents from existing plants Recognize growth-producing tissue Most succulents can be propagated vegetatively—via stem cuttings, pulling apart offsets, or rooting leaves. The key is to locate the growth tissue that grows roots. This meristematic tissue is at… bands on stems where leaves once were attached the base…

How to Fertilize Your Succulents

How to Fertilize Succulents FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Feeding succulents at the right time and with the right fertilizer will enhance the plants’ health and vigor. Here are answers to your FAQs. When should I feed my succulents? Expand The best times to fertilize your succulents are in spring when daytime temps stay above 60 degrees…

Why You Really Need Rocks

Smart designers cover bare soil with rocks in succulent gardens that are as sophisticated and good-looking as they are practical.

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Agave snout weevil damage (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Agave Snout Weevil Prevention and Treatment

Agave snout-nosed weevil is a half-inch-long black beetle with a downward-curving proboscis that enables it to pierce an agave’s core, where it lays its eggs. Grubs hatch, consume the agave’s heart, then burrow into the soil to pupate.

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