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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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