Planting Succulents


My yard is a place of blooms and flowering plants. I wouldn’t say I have a green thumb, but I can do outdoor plants. They make me happy – digging in the dirt is a great way to lose yourself and relax. Indoor plants are another story. They make me happy. I love them. Sadly, I can’t always keep them alive. But, I have been successful with succulents over the last several years. I am fairly certain I am successful because they want you to basically leave them alone. Neglect? I can do neglect.

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I have lots of glasses and odd containers so I decided to head over to The Barn Nursery to plot and plan. I love going to a local nursery. The employees at a nursery are almost always well informed and more than happy to answer any questions you have. Now, I was there for succulents but took a side trip to see all of the spring outdoor flowers Y’all, there was a dinosaur amongst the Gerber daisies. A large dinosaur.

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Yeah, I have proof. Anyway, I knew there were many varieties of succulents, but had no idea how exotic some of them look. These are some of my favorites.

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So, back a home with lots of new plants I set up a station on my driveway to work. I happen to have a bucket full of pea gravel and one of sand. I like to plant my succulents in gravel and sand – but, I also use dirt. If I am using a clear container I hide the dirt by lining the sides with gravel.

This weekend's mid-project mess.

See what a mess I made? Told y’all it would get messy. I am sure this (and many other) projects can be achieved without making a mess – but what fun would that be?

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After I planted everything I let it dry out a day before attempting to clean up the containers and plants. Sand is much easier to deal with when dry. To clean up the plants I used tips from Martha Stewart and used a dry craft paint brush and straw. I used the straw to blow off what I could and the brush to gently brush away the rest. Okay, her work is much prettier than mine – but she is MARTHA!

I am thrilled with the results. They look super fun and are super easy to keep alive – never water them! Okay, you have to water them, just not often. For really great tips and tricks, check out this post by NEEDLES+LEAVES – the site is stunning!

Do you have any tips for keeping succulents alive? I would love to hear them!


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4 Responses
  • Lyndsey
    April 1, 2016

    I love succulents, but I can’t get the dirt to stay in the middle and keep the pebbles pretty so I end up planting in mugs and stuff. How did you keep the soil from leaching out between the pebbles?

    • Lynda
      April 1, 2016

      It’s easy if not a little tricky, Lyndsey! First, I use very little dirt. I make a little pool of pebbles and sand around the glass and fill the dip with a little dirt – then I hold the plant sort of where I want it while filling in more pebbles around it. Does that make sense? Sometimes the dirt does show through but that doesn’t bother me really. I have been known to use all sand in the past with the dirt on the inside like that.

  • Candice
    April 10, 2016

    You are inspiring me today! Houseplants and cats are almost always a disaster. Cats love the dirt for digging, as well as a mid day snack, later to redistribute the nibbling gnaw somewhere else. Basically, I have avoided living lovelies. I am thinking these are fairly small and I can tuck a few here and there. I may enjoy life again soon. Thanks for all the inspiration.

    • Lynda
      April 14, 2016

      Thank you, Candice! You totally need some succulents.

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