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Top tips from our Head Gardener, Darren Little

07 January 2020

The garden on St Michael's Mount has the perfect climate for succulents of many varieties to thrive, but these plants can also be kept indoors. Our head gardener, Darren, has some top tips on how to care for yours at home

One of the most common house leeks that thrive outdoors here on the Mount is Sempervivum tectorum. This is a species of flowering plant from the family Crassulaceae, native to the mountains of southern Europe.

Many succulents thrive here in the garden on the island, due to its unique microclimate, Agaves, aloes and aeoniums are just a few of the amazing plants that flourish in our sub-tropical garden.

Here are a few of my tips for keeping them happy at home.

1. Don’t over water - let the potting mix dry between watering
2. Well-drained soil with grit added to the mix
3. Keep them in a sunny spot - they prefer full sun, for up to 6 hours a day.
4. Don’t go to bed with wet feet
5. Don’t overcrowd them - giving them space to grow

And if you are keeping your succulents outside, make sure you protect them from frost.