Bears & Succulents

Did you know leaves and flowers form the largest, most dependable portion of the black bear’s annual diet? They seek tender plant parts with nutrients in a digestible, fluid form. In spring, many young plants fit that description. Early foods are catkins (flowers) of aspen, willow, hazel, and alder. Emerging leaves, grass, and small plants come next for example, grass succulents such as horsetail. Green vegetation alone is not enough for black bears to thrive and reproduce, so berries, fruit, and other sources of the land are in their diet as well.

Horsetail is found growing wild along stream banks and river bottoms throughout North America and can also be grown in your favorite planter as well. The primary requirement for growing horsetail is abundant water. It will grow in sandy soil or clay, but is most profuse in rich topsoil. It is happy to grow in part shade or full sun. Horsetails are grown from nursery plants, not seed, so to find this beautiful succulent you will need to visit your local garden shop. When you take this succulent or any other beautiful succulents home remember to water carefully. When growing your succulent keep the plant moderately and evenly moist. Excess water can cause the stems to rot and even kill the succulent. Horsetail works well in a hanging basket and decorates a mixed cactus and succulent container. Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop has a new planter, which was inspired by Black bears. When visiting the shop you can find a cute bear planter, which you can choose a black, brown, or polar bear! These small planters are not able to hold large succulents, so the best option would be air plants. As for the hanging planters that can be found at the shop will work well with larger succulents such as Horsetail or even a few cactus plants!

You can follow the link to check out the Bear or hanging planters for that special succulent!


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