I must admit, it took me awhile to warm up to succulent. But once I did I fell for them in a big way! Succulents are plants that are the most easy going ones in a greenhouse! With just a little care when planting, succulents will reward you by adding interest to your outdoor AND indoor rooms! Let’s take a look at these fat little plants that can be planted in almost anything!
Succulents are hardy plants, but they do need a little tender care when transplanting them. From experience I know that the leaves will easily fall off if they are roughed up. So use a gentle had during the planting process!
First, make sure to find an absolutely fabulous container!!! Succulents can work with rustic or glam or modern or any style in between.
I found an old vintage colander and knew it would be a great home for my succulents. Before planting it I lined the colander with a cocoa fiber liner like the ones used to plant hanging baskets. This keeps the soil from eroding through the holes in the colander.
Choose a variety of succulents to plant. Tall ones and creeping ones and big ones and thin ones and fluffy ones. And pick a variety of colors too! The object is to make the arrangement as pleasing to the eye as possible and full!
Once you have found your perfect container like a soup tureen, white ceramic box, a tea cup or even galvanized tray and the perfect succulents… it’s time to plant!
Use 2/3 regular potting soil and about 1/3 small pebbles. You should be able to get both at your local nursery. Mix the soil and pebbles well. This is the best potting soil for succulents. They need to drain and the pebbles will help the soil not get too muddy when watered.
Fill your container of choice with succulent and cacti potting soil and gently remove the succulents from their pots. It’s a good idea to play a little with the succulents to find the best way for them to be arranged. I like to put the creeping succulents and the spillers near the edge of the pot and the more upright ones towards the middle. Plant them close together, but give them a little room to grow and spread.
Carefully, plant the succulents in your container. Gently water them in, using just enough water to moisten the soil but not to get it soggy!
Now you can fill in the spaces with pebbles or moss, like I did! I love this moss’ white almost papery look! I think it works well with the succulents and it’s something just a little unexpected!
Now find a sunny place and ignore them! They just need a little water each week… just a little! And enjoy these darling little plants!
You might also like SUCCULENTS… CARE OF A TRENDY PLANT for more tips and care for succulents!
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