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.

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

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This, of course, is the solution.

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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!

    Karla

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