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Dany Millikin: Growing succulents can be a lot of fun but, real easy, good for a lot of different ages.

Diane B.: Yes.

Dany Millikin: Cool to do in your office setting, your home, or even outside. Diane is here to kind of teach us how to pick a right succulent then how to care for it. This one’s pretty cool. It looks like little ketchup packets.

Diane B.: I love this. Looks like, or pillows.

Dany Millikin: Okay. Yeah, little pillows. Well, here’s a classic. Good old aloe.

Diane B.: Yeah, this is aloe. Most people know that if you pinch off aloe it’s got this sort of salve in it that you can put on your cut, or you know, if you have a insect bite.

Dany Millikin: Or I put it on my wrinkles.

Diane B.: We’ll let you know if it works.

Dany Millikin: And this is a really cool one. Look at that. It’s a really neat.

Diane B.: That’s beautiful. That’s an echeveria and as you can see it’s making a little pup. And a lot of succulents will make pups. Hens and chicks is one that most people are familiar with. You can take that pup off and you can actually plant it and you’ll have another plant.
The one thing about succulents that is really important to let people know, they realize that they’re easy because they don’t take a lot of water. However-

Dany Millikin: Right. You can’t, don’t over water it.

Diane B.: Don’t over water them. But, don’t under water them either because it’s really important that when you do water them, think about how plants behave in a desert. They like to have a lot of water-

Dany Millikin: Soaked.

Diane B.: And then go the dearth in between.

Dany Millikin: Right.

Diane B.: So you really want to deep water them. Soak them really good. Let it sink in and then let them go for a long period. Seven to 10 days in between.

Dany Millikin: Right. Well I picked this one up because it’s got some struggling leaves on the bottom. I should take those off, right?

Diane B.: Yes, definitely. You want to make sure they have really good airflow underneath.

Dany Millikin: Yeah. And those dead leaves can really block off the airflow.

Diane B.: Yeah.

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Diane B.: Yes.

Dany Millikin: Well, there’s these ones that are curling kind of like a little palm tree. Then there’s these spreaders.

Diane B.: Yes. So this one is a favorite called Calico Kitten. I don’t know why, but it’s a really cute name.

Dany Millikin: So cute.

Diane B.: And then sedums are great because sedums can be used as ground covers and they really like it. They’re easy. They can be on the dry side. They do make little flowers that are attractive, but they’re super tough and if a little piece comes off, you stick it in the soil.

Dany Millikin: Okay. Nice.

Diane B.: And usually it’ll re-root as long as it’s kept moist and not too wet.

Dany Millikin: That is awesome. Well, succulents are easy. They’re great. They love the heat and there so many to choose from. So check them out. Diane, thanks so much.

Diane B.: Thanks Dany Millikin.

Dany Millikin: More great information go to homeshowgardenpros.com.