Robertsdale Garden Club
If you have a black thumb when it comes to gardening or if you sometimes forget to water or fertilize your plants, you might want to add succulents to your garden family. Emily Givens (pictured) at Corner Copia Gardens in Fairhope presented a program for the Robertsdale Garden Club on Wednesday, March 13 and provided information on growing succulents. Succulents are very forgiving and are one of the most popular plant groups. They’re easy to grow, tough, drought-tolerant, easy to propagate, and are the perfect plants for containers. Succulents store water in their stems and leaves so need little watering. They can take intense sunlight and wind exposure. Free-draining, aerated soil is key to growing succulents well, both in the ground and in containers. If your soil is heavy clay, you’re better off growing succulents in pots. Adding sand or gravel to the soil will help drainage. Some gardeners never feed succulents, but the occasional feed can improve their growth and looks considerably. Following a shopping spree at the Gardens, the group enjoyed lunch at Kravers Seafood Restaurant in Fairhope. Sandra Busby was responsible for coordinating this field trip. (Submitted by: Mary Ann Lindsay).