The “Trouble” With Succulents

You may wonder why, in the middle of July, (the month I claim is the only “summer” that we have here in Connecticut), I am writing about what are mostly house plants for me and not about the glories of the garden.

Well, when you have as many house plants as I do, sometimes they need attention even in the summer. In fact, I find that they pretty much need attention year round. So this is the motto I have tried to adopt about gardening:

Do what has to be done,
When it has to be done,
The way it ought to be done,
Whether you feel like it or not.

Those last 2 lines have been a challenge the last few years because of the “unfortunate incidences,” but I still do what I can when I can.

Now, as for the succulents. I love them, particularly when they look like this.


The trouble is, after awhile, they always get leggy and scraggly and look like this.


This, of course, is the solution.


And these clippings, properly trimmed, can often be made into new plants. But that’s what had me messing with succulents on a mid-July day instead of weeding, or something else.

2 thoughts on “The “Trouble” With Succulents

  1. tonytomeo July 16, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    You know, I will be messing with succulents either Friday or next Monday, and I do not feel at all guilty about it.

  2. gardendaze July 16, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    But Tony, you yourself said that your climate is only 2 seasons as well (a comment I remember because I thought it was hilarious). And while I might tire of summer and January after awhile (I guess), isn’t there something more seasonal you have to do?

    And yes, of course, I am kidding!


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