CONJURING images of ugly outdated gardens, succulents were always Julie Wilson’s least liked plant.
That was until the Mundaring green thumb walked into a local nursery and set eyes on a collection of Kalanchoe Copper Spoons.
“The colour, structure and texture just got me,” Julie said.
“I bought several and put them in my garden and I’ve basically been addicted to succulents ever since.
“Succulents are forgiving if we neglect them, generous and easy to multiply, have a huge variety and are just so easy to look after once you know the basics and they allow the creative streak in all of us to flourish.”
Julie now operates garden business, Succulent Creations, using the thickened, fleshy plant – and creative flair – to fashion succulent gardens in hanging baskets and pots.
“I like to incorporate cute and often quirky characters as well as natural wood and pebbles,” she said.
“I started with fairy gardens and now I just let my imagination go – I’m always looking for new stories to tell.”
Julie runs a monthly stall at Mundaring Markets and has outlets at events such as the Darlington Arts Festival.
She also opens her home garden – where she grows the succulents – for buyers to purchase items directly.
Julie’s top 3 tips for growing succulents:
1. Sun – they need a good amount. Most will not do well in darkness or in a baking hot sunny spot for too long. Most of mine get full sun for half the day then some filtered shade from trees in the afternoon.
If you have more sun that is better than not enough, but keep the water topped up on those very hot days.
2. Watering – Succulents hate wet feet but they do like water during the hotter months. I wait until the basket/pot is completely dry and then I saturate it totally and repeat the process.
Baskets dry out quickly in summer. I don’t water them in winter unless they look thirsty.
3. Feeding – They do love to be fed. I use a slow release fertiliser in my potting mix and liquid fertilise once or twice during the warmer months. They also love Seasol.