OYO: Sensational succulents in a container

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In today's Owning Your Outdoors we talk about succulents. Succulents are more than just cactuses. Any plant that stores water is a succulent. Our yard and garden expert, Doug Schroeder from Lewis, says you can tell a plant is a succulent because the leaves are thicker and fleshy. That's because those leaves are storing water.

Shawn Cable and Doug Schroeder create a patio container using succulent plants.

Succulent plants require full sun and do not require as much water as most of the other plants and flowers you might have in your yard, garden or containers. Doug suggests starting with watering succulents about once per week. You might have to water them a bit more often if the weather is hot and dry.

Succulents work very well in containers. It's very important to have a container with good drainage and you should use special desert or cactus mix potting soil.

Succulent plants will adapt to the size of the container and amount of space they have to grow. If you plant succulents an inch or two apart in a container, they will stay small. If you plant a succulent plant in a small container it will stay small. On the flip side, if you plant a lone, small succulent plant in a large container, it will grow large and fill the space in the container.

In the container we created on today's segment, we used several varieties of Sedum, including the very popular Lemon Coral Sedum.

Succulents that are perennials will survive and thrive through the winter if you bring your container indoors and keep it in place that gets plenty of sun.