April 26, 2013
Terraced gardening to combine cycads with flowers
Recently I discovered that I had a few flat areas along the slope that were getting wet, and staying that way. Bad for cycads, good for flowers. So my latest experiment is doing some terrace gardening to combine cycads with flowers.
The flowers that I am using are iris and amaryllis. The iris are the the ones with the pointy leaves, the amaryllis are the ones with the strap-like leaves. There are a few other plants scattered around, but these are the ones that I can count on.
This is how I am doing it: I find an area on the slope, flatten it out and fill with potting soil. I'm adding some moisture crystals and slow-released plant food, too. Iris should be planted shallowly, and cut down into a fan shape (you can see them spotted around, recently planted). They like water, a lot of it, and will get it in their little terraced spots. You don't have to worry about over-watering iris, they are practically aquatic plants!
I have the automatic watering system now set to come on every two days for twenty minutes, and I am doing a little bit of hand watering in the little terraces for a couple of days. Once the plants have taken root, they will be fine, especially the iris, which is a very vigorous grower. In fact, I will need to keep an eye on the iris, as if likes to spread and multiply, and will want to take over the whole yard!
Posted by Brad Hall