In the Garden: Succulents and Sedums

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EUGENE, Ore. — Succulents don’t only grow in the desert. They thrive in western Oregon as well.

There are a lot of succulents that you can put outdoors year-round, and then some you want to make sure stay in your house during the fall and winter seasons because they won’t actually be able to survive in our cold temperatures that we have here.

For outdoors, there are different sedums, chicks and hens, stone crops–which are great groundcovers–ice plant, and agave.

If you’re going to water them, let them go dry, and do it in the morning. That way they have a chance to dry out so they’re not sitting in that cold, wet water at night.

You can sometimes have problems with pests. Sometimes you’ll see aphids and mealybugs start to pop up in the hot, hot part of summer. A simple insecticidal soap or neem oil will do the trick. Just coats those bugs, and you’ll take care of that pest right away.

There are also indoor succulent plants that you can use these outdoors, maybe on a patio table during the summertime.

So for those of you who may not have green thumb, succulents are a good way to go.

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