Trough Step-by-Step Planting Alpines

Troughs offer a very satisfying way of growing plants whilst also creating landscapes in miniature. True alpine plants, as the name implies, originate from mountainous regions where they thrive in rocky crevices and sunny spots. Surviving the extremes of winter's snow and summer's heat means they are tough little plants, tolerant of drought, infertile soil and healthy neglect. Their leaves are usually fleshy, leathery or hairy — characteristics that render them better able to cope with strong, dehydrating winds and burning sun — and most are compact with roots that descend deep. Living in stony, free-draining soils means they cannot endure waterlogging. As a result, drainage is absolutely key if alpines are to survive, so troughs must have drainage holes if they are fully exposed to rain.

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