A rock garden can be created in a big wide vase. The vase can be placed next to the house, on the hill, or on a decorative porch. It will either add decor, or beautify the entrance to the house.
You can arrange a rock garden on a table or on a windowsill. In this case, you need to take a smaller vase.
How to Create a Rock Garden in a Vase or Pot
For rock garden plants, you can use desert or semi-desert plants, for example, cacti or other succulents. Cacti are a vast genus of succulents.
The small, short roots of cacti allow for their growth in large flat pots.
It is important to choose a proper large and flat bowl with drainage holes for your rock garden. Put small stones for drainage at the bottom of the vase.
There are 2 ways to create a rock garden in a large vase
1. Place cacti in small pots. Here you can select various shapes of cacti and other succulents, which have different terms of growing. Mix a certain soil substance for each individual cactus, which will be suitable only for this particular species. The pots should be placed in a flat bowl. In this case, the roots of various cacti will not suppress one another. Cacti can be planted in different water conditions. You can place 3 different plants in the vase, which should be enough. Cleistocactus strausii can be planted in the form of a tree. It grows very slowly, and looks like a small cylindrical hairy stem with thorns. After reaching a height of 50 cm, the trunk diameter will reach up to 10 cm. It blossoms with crimson tubes. The plant prefers moderate sun. Next, you can plant Haworthia fasciata and Haworthia margaritifera. These are small plants with shortened stems and short leaves. The plants are very decorative and grow slowly. The flowers are undistinguished and collected in paniculate inflorescence. Both species of Haworthia do not require any special growing conditions. Once the pots are set in a vase, the space between the pots is filled with decorative stones or gravel, so that the edges of the pots are not visible. It is important to set small stones with their tops up in 2-3 places.
2. This method of creating rock garden requires choosing succulents which are identical in growing conditions. We need to plant them in a common container. To do this, pick up a wide vase, bowl, or pot. It should have drainage holes. As a tree, a jade tree (Crassula arborescens) will look great. This plant has a branching tree-trunk, much like a true tree trunk. The leaves are almost fused at the base, with an oval shape, bare, and dark green. Crassula arborescens grows fast, lookswonderful in individual and group planting, and is easy to care for. Another plant that will appeal to Crassula arborescens is Aloe mitriformis Mill. This is a plant with a short stem and leaves, which is collected in the rosette. You can plant Aloe brevifolia Mill or Haworthia. Set 1-3 stones of small size between the plants so that they do not suppress each other. The soil surface between the plants and rocks is covered with sand.
Growing Conditions of Succulents in the Rock Garden
All of the above listed succulents require a special approach to cultivation. They grow in a poor soil, in which there are rocks and sand. They have a limited water regime since in the wild they grow in hot and dry climates. In the winter, they need a temperature of 10-16 C. Watering in winter should be limited. Such plants are watered once every10-14 daysin winter,while larger plants are watered even less frequently.
When spring approaches, succulents are watered more often. In hot weather, they are watered once a day.
The soil for succulents is better to either buy in a store or prepare on your own. To do this, take grassy soil, leaf soil, garden soil, and sand in a ratio of 4:1:1:1. In addition, add charcoal and small brick stones.
Fertilizing is carried out with a special fertilizer for cacti or succulents.
A rock garden in vases is convenient because it can be changed if desired. More so, it can be kept anywhere: in the garden, on the balcony, or in a room. A rock garden can even be created without using plants, but with stones, shells, sand, and gravel.