SUCCULENTS ARE LOW-CARE, not no-care plants. Container plants especially need ex-
tra tending during stressful summer heat and aridity. Succulents still in nursery pots should be transplanted as soon as possible because these tiny containers dry out rapidly. Check those already in containers for shriveled, but still-green leaves — a cry for water. Many succulents grow in summer and benefit from weekly water —
more during a heat wave. To help water penetrate, scratch the surface to loosen compacted soil. Check references for heat hardiness and move vulnerable container plants out of midday and afternoon sun while temperatures are high.
Garden Planner: By Mary James