Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Using space saving containers is one way to make good use of all the garden space you for cacti and succulents.
Those plants with trailing stems look particularly nice in hanging baskets and other space-saving types of pots that will show off the natural form of the plant. Multiple tiered planters work very well for this. Depending on the model you choose, it may have two or three tiers of hanging baskets or pots per planter. The form or stand is usually constructed of metal with the basket liners typically being coco liners.
For 2007, the Kinsman Company is adding a new line of space saving planters that would be really good for trailing succulents. Pamela Crawford’s Instant Container Gardens can add a vertical dimension to any flower bed or border if you buy the special posts or supports for the planters.
These baskets come in three different sizes. With holes and slits in which you insert the plants, these are easy to plant and care for. These baskets also offer other options, such as hayrack baskets for mounting on windowsills and wall baskets. The baskets also come in a single and a double tier version.
Living wreaths are space saving planters that are suitable for walls, porches, and similar spaces. For living wreaths, you have a number of different options now in addition to plastic. The wire forms are sold either as moss filled or plain. Some of these are available in different shapes, including a heart that would be great for a Valentine gift.
Tiered plant stands allow you to display a number of cacti and succulent pots in a limited space. I’ve seen a very attractive free standing one that I just love. Nearly four feet tall, the steel frame of the stand is completely concealed when the five terra cotta pots are inserted into the spaces provided. This would make a great garden accent for the plants are staggered to form a graceful curve that is pleasing to the eye.
There is also a new space saving stacking pot system available. This would be great for plants like portulaca or moss rose.
When it comes time to choose pots for cacti and succulents, do consider brightly colored ones. Coordinate the color of the pot with that of the plant. For example, select a shade of the variegation seen on the plant for the container. If a succulent has red highlights or veins, use a bright red pot.