Why Is My Succulent Getting ‘Leggy?’

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Question:  Why is my succulent getting ‘leggy’ and dying off at the bottom?

Great question!  Succulents come from bright, arid climates, and if you keep them in areas of indirect light they will get ‘leggy.’  If you have been keeping this little guy away from a nice bright window, or an indoor grow light now is the time change your strategy, and to make a few cuttings from the top for propagation.

If you have a rooting powder, take a cutting off the tops of the plants, dip the cut end in the rooting powder, and plant them in a dish with a good succulent potting mix. Keep the new cuttings in a moist, bright area, and wait a few weeks for new root systems to develop. Once the cuttings are ready for transplanting you can start over with your new plants.

A Potting Mix Recipe for Cacti

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Cacti can be low maintenance dish garden staples, but planting them in a topsoil or potting soil bed will kill the plants in a relatively short time.  Making your own Cactus potting mix is easy with the right material.

What You Need:

  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Perlite
  • Decorative Ground Sand or Pebbles

The Foolproof Recipe:

  • One part perlite
  • One part sand
  • Two parts potting soil
  1. Combine the ingredients either in a gardening pail, or in the container you will be using. The size of the container you are filling will determine the amounts of raw ingredient you need to purchase.

After the plants have been added to the container, sprinkle decorative ground rock and sand across the top to create the look or a desert, and make your plantings visually pop.

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Five Uses For: Coffee Grounds

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If you’re like me, the coming of spring and warm temperatures has zero say on your ability to consume coffee, but here are five ways you may not have thought of to dispose of the leftover grounds while putting them to good use.  

  1. Shake coffee grounds around Roses, Cactus, Rhododendrons, and Camellias in place of a seasonal fertilizer and plant food for beautiful blooms on a budget. 
  2. Toss the grounds around in your lawn in the bald spots in place of fertilizer, and watch the grass recover and patch itself back up. 
  3. Brew something up that worms can’t resist, and catch your own live bait for fishing trips.  Coffee grounds make excellent worm food in your composting areas, but you can scatter the grounds in open areas, or around the edges of your lawn to trick worms into braving the open air. 
  4. Create an ant proof barrier under a door or outside a window sill with a line of coffee grounds.  Ants do not like the smell of coffee, and can be trained from using cracks in your foundation, window sills, and doorways as entrances with liberally sprinkled grounds at their point of entry. 
  5. Beat the Spring snow with coffee grounds sprinkled over steps, and decking to encourage quick melting, and give traction in slippery areas.  Ground coffee is a great safe alternative to commercial ice melt products that can harm your wooded structures, and plants.
Your Thoughts:  There are dozens more ways to get added mileage from your coffee grounds, what do you use yours for?
Photo courtesy of D’Arcy Norman