Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2012
Regional Report

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The Succulent Plant Page

The Succulent Plant Page
will give you more information than you could possibly take in about almost every succulent available. It is divided into individual pages about each group, with information about each species in the group. It's not the place to make your decisions about what to grow because there is simply too much information. But is the place to find out everything you need to know about a plant you have acquired. And it is filled with spectacular photos.

Clever Gardening Technique

How to Make a Hypertufa Pot
Hypertufa pots are lightweight, well draining, and perfect for succulents and other plants that need dry conditions. Simply mix three parts perlite, three parts peat moss, and two parts portland cement in a wheelbarrow or large container, making sure to get all the lumps out. Add enough water gradually to make a mud pie that you can form into a ball. Decide what form you want -- round pot, box, crate -- and begin to press the mixture against the walls and bottom of your form. Press a drainage hole in the bottom with your finger or a stick. The walls should be fairly thick to prevent breaking. Once you have your pot in a pot completed, let it dry for a week to ten days. Then peel it out of the form. Now it's ready to fill with soil and beautiful succulents!

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