Good choices for a tabletop cactus garden

Thomas J. Story
A wide choice of plants is available for dish gardens

Small specimens of cactus and succulents are ideal for tabletop gardens, and many plants can coexist happily in the same container. Part of the fun in designing a miniature garden is choosing among myriad plants, pots, and textured mulches. One dish takes about 20 minutes to make. Cost starts at about $ 20.

Look for specimens of the cactus and succulents listed below in 2-inch pots at garden centers and nurseries. Determine where the dish garden will be displayed, then choose plants suited to the light conditions in that location. Containers situated near windows should be placed several inches away from the glass to avoid foliage burn.

CACTUS

Bright light

Echinopsis
Hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus)
Parodia
Any with a lot of wool or hair

Low light

(Gymnocalycium)
(Rhipsalis)

SUCCULENTS

Bright light

Aeonium
Agave
Aichryson
Aloe
Crassula
Echeveria
Sedum
Sempervivum

Low light

Haworthia

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