At Trader Joe’s, we offer trendy clay pots filled with on-trend succulents in a variety of genus and species. It’s impossible to forecast exactly what varieties you’ll find on your visit because availability depends on our growers’ yield.
Succulents flourish in Florida, but how?
Growing succulents is a popular fad. They give beautiful patterns and hues to a patio, pot, or landscape. Hobbyists and plant breeders continuously expand the available types, and the only limitation on usage is one’s imagination. It is possible to create lovely wreaths, centerpieces, baskets, and landscape beds.
The majority of succulents feature plant tissues, including swelling stems and trunks, thicker roots for retaining water, and thick waxy or hairy leaves. Some plants have modified leaves called spines that help the plant in a variety of ways. Few animals desire a mouthful of painful spines, which can dissuade predation. They can provide shade for the plant, act as a condensation point, and cause water to flow back onto the plant or its roots. The majority of succulents are adapted to flourishing in dry or desert-like environments.
Succulents should thrive in Florida, and some do, including cacti, sedums, aloes, and kalanchoes. For six months out of the year, it is sunny, warm in the winter, and dry. The remaining six months of the year, the rainy season, when the majority of the annual rainfall of 55 to 60 inches occurs, pose issues for succulents.
In our humid, wet climate, beds for these dry-loving plants can be built by making the beds drain quickly and properly. Here in Florida, I have frequently railed against the usage of raised garden beds. Due to our difficult topography, these beds are frequently hot and dry, and when Florida-adapted plants are added to them, the landscaping plants suffer.
In humid rainy zones, raised beds designed for dry gardening are the way to go for succulent gardens. Plants are placed in such beds to prevent their roots from growing into wet soil or a high water table and to hasten the drainage of tropical rains. Construction materials, hard debris, and/or rocks that may protrude from the bed should serve as the basis. About 6 parts gravel or poultry grit, 2 parts coarse sand, and 1 to 2 parts peat and/or potting soil should make up the growing mix. This mixture should be able to hold some moisture and nutrients while draining fairly quickly. Pea gravel or other inorganic mulch should cover the entire bed. Organic mulch should be avoided, even if I hate to say it because many succulents are susceptible to rot if moisture builds up or is kept against the trunk or stem.
Building a succulent bed in an area with high humidity and rain requires a lot of work, but the most of it is done upfront. The typically slow-growing plants require little maintenance once they are erected and established. However, the beds must always be hand-weeded. The benefits of planting succulents are numerous. If they are planted properly, they usually resist pests, and if the beds are built properly, they conserve water and are low-maintenance.
How much are the succulents at Trader Joe’s?
I almost bought the entire Trader Joe’s store today because they have the loveliest small succulents in little ceramic vases for only $2.99! Ha!
The BEST assortment of plants can usually be found at Trader Joe’s, and they virtually ALWAYS have the incredibly popular succulent, which is why I adore them!
The succulent is really the ONLY indoor plant you will ever need, in my opinion. especially if, like me, you have a tendency to destroy every plant. LOL!!
They require very little maintenance. They don’t require a lot of water, so even if you forget to water them for a day or two, they will still grow. In my opinion, that can only be beneficial!
They are also very possibly the cutest little plants ever, to put it mildly. Every type of succulent is so diverse, and they all have such distinct personalities. There are heart-shaped succulents as well as striped and artichoke-shaped varieties, as well as those with thick, flat leaves. Gah!
However, these tiny succulents from Trader Joe’s are AMAZING! They are adorable, but their $2.99 price has me smitten as well.
First of all, if you have never been to a Trader Joe’s, we need to change that because it is the most AMAZING store.
Usually, the plants are near the entrance. You can’t miss them because they are either immediately outside, on a set of shelves, or inside the entrance.
You must try their Watermelon Fruit Spread when you are there. OMG. I enjoy this material. Although it may sound odd, it is like summer in a jar.
Succulents—does Costco carry them?
Succulents are always a good idea, especially if you don’t have a green thumb. The low-maintenance plants come in a huge variety of forms and hues, such as bear paw succulents, mermaid succulents, and pink rose succulents. Well, Costco has what you need if you want to expand your collection of succulent plants. Succulent 3-packs with the cutest planters are available from the wholesaler.
What varieties of succulents sells Trader Joe’s?
Thank goodness, Trader Joe’s sells tough, reasonably priced plants. I recently discovered that small potted Kalanchoe succulents are now available on the shelves of the cult-favorite grocery store at the astounding bargain of $1.99 per plant.
How frequently do succulents need to be watered?
During the months that are not winter, when the temperature is above 40 degrees, you should water your succulents every other week. You should only water your succulent once a month in the winter (when the temperature falls below 40 degrees), as it goes dormant at this period.
A few situations constitute an exception to this rule. Because their tiny leaves can’t hold as much water as other varieties with larger leaves, some varieties of succulents need to be watered more frequently. In the non-winter months, feel free to give these small leaf succulents a water if they appear to be thirsty. When they are thirsty, succulents generally exhibit a wrinkled appearance. But always keep in mind that being underwater is preferable to being overwater.
How are succulents maintained in Florida?
What about assembling succulents in a group? When grouped together in one container, succulents look fantastic, but there are a few considerations to make. First off, some succulents want more sun than others and might not get along with others that can tolerate more shadow. Furthermore, not all succulents grow at the same rate. Therefore, it will fill the container if you mix a fast-growing plant with one that grows slowly. Knowing your varieties—whether they are rapid or slow growing, tolerant of sunlight or shade—is the solution. Combine similar varieties. Another alternative is to separate all the various varieties into their own pots and arrange the pots in a pattern. When a plant starts to develop more quickly, you can move it to the back of the group.
How about the sun? Contrary to popular perception, most succulents do not flourish when exposed to the highest temperatures and most sunlight. Most succulents require sun protection even if they enjoy lots of light. They prefer five to six hours a day of direct, bright sunlight. This entails placing them in a window that is well-lit but shielded from direct sunlight. Put your pots behind trees or on a porch away from direct sunlight if you’re placing them outside.
Do succulents prefer intense sunlight?
On the east side of my home, where my succulent collection is located, it receives direct sunlight from dawn till around 1:00 in the afternoon. There is a lot of sunlight here!
I’ve discovered that in order to keep the roots cold and the foliage lush, I need to water my plants every other day when the temperature is above 90.
The succulent leaves still get heated despite this constant watering, and I’ve had some, but rather severely. It can be unpleasant when the bright light and hot temperatures combine.
Most succulents will tolerate full sun for the majority of the day if you progressively expose them to it (raising an hour or so every few days).
To shield them from the direct sun, I recently put some shade fabric. Even though it’s still well above 90 degrees outside, the space around the succulents is significantly cooler thanks to the shade cloth.
Additionally, without direct sunlight, the plants’ leaves don’t get as hot and are less prone to burn or exhibit signs of excessive heat.
Haworthias, for example, prefer bright indirect sunlight all day long. On the other hand, the majority of cacti can withstand full sun during the day without any shade. This is why it’s crucial to be aware of the varieties of succulents you own.
The phenomenon known as “blushing,” which occurs when some succulents are exposed to bright sunshine, causes the leaves to occasionally turn a deep red, as with this Aloe ‘Crosby’s Prolific’.
Simply placing your succulents in a location that receives bright shade for the majority of the day is an excellent alternative. They should ideally be in a spot that receives a few hours of early sun but is otherwise shaded for the majority of the day.
Direct sunlight during this time can be an issue because afternoon temperatures are typically higher. On the other hand, morning sun is cooler and less prone to result in sunburn.
For many succulents, extreme heat can be exceedingly difficult. Succulents are often thought of as desert plants, however not all of them thrive in a very hot desert environment.
For more advice on how to keep succulents looking fantastic during a heat wave, see the video below: