Hot Plants

Yes, they’re “hot” in the sense of being gorgeous, but the important point for now is that they survive really hot weather and the dry conditions that usually come with it.  Time to get acquainted with succulents.

The word itself refers to the plant’s ability to store moisture in its (usually) thick, fleshy leaves. You know how we say a ripe, juicy peach is “succulent”? Same idea – filled with moisture.

Careful, though: this does NOT mean that you never need to water it. There is no plant on Earth that does not need some degree of water, and if your climate conditions have been hot and dry and windy for days, you’ll need to water.

But succulents can tolerate being hot and dry better than any other kind of plant you’re liable to find, and that makes them especially valuable for our summertime gardens. Besides, they’re just so darned gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

Many of them have another charming talent: making babies right from the original plant, snuggled up against the “mother” like newborn puppies. You can leave them like that, allowing them to fill in their home spot, or separate the babies and start a new family elsewhere.

One word of caution: Not all succulents tolerate freezing weather. Makes sense, when you think about it: they love hot weather, hate cold. Be sure to check the labels, ask the smart folks at the nursery, or do a little research. If you’re not sure, bring them inside for the cold spells. Make a tabletop arrangement, or line them up on a windowsill, or anyplace else that could use a spot of living green.

Except for that, and a kiss of water when needed, you won’t find any garden plant easier to care for.

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