So. It's Spring, and garden centers are filled with the most spectacular examples of Nature's bounty you can imagine. Breathtaking color in every direction. I see it and feel inspired. I buy a flower, plant it, and then, a few short weeks later, gently see it out with the recycling. Year after year, with hope in my heart, I try and try again. With mostly the same results. Until now.
Behold, the Succulent. Nature has brought us a true Warrior. You forget to water it? Good! It doesn't need YOU or your silly water. Remember it a couple of times a month with a watering can and that's good enough. Stick it near the sunshine and let it do its thing. Plus, they can be planted in almost anything. My personal favorite are these vintage inspired metal bin boxes.
See what I mean? These lovelies have thrived under consistent neglect.
So, if you are tired of being a serial murderer of perfectly innocent plants, change your ways today. Grab a can or a pot and let's do this.
Make sure your container has a drainage hole in the bottom and fill it with succulent potting soil (it will be labeled for cactus) sold at your local hardware store or nursery. This soil drains easily. Succulents hate wet roots. (See what I mean about low maintenance?)
Plant the edges of the bowl. Use a mix of succulents for texture and color. Go ahead and pack them tight, they like being close together and your pot will look great if it has a lush look.
Finally, set them near sunlight, they love it, at least 6 hours a day. Then, only water when the soil is COMPLETELY dry.
It you want a lovely finishing touch, cover surface soil with pebbles or marbles, they're ornamental AND ensure the water runs gently into the roots when you do water it.
Instagram is a wonderful place to go for more inspiration.
One of my favorites to follow on Instagram is jenssuccs. After all, she introduced me to rainbow succulents. And if you know me, you know that sealed the deal. I mean, plants that I can actually keep alive...in all of my very favorite colors...it was love at first sight.
Another of my favorites to follow on Instagram is InspireLovely. Debee is an amazing gardener of succulents and is always sharing inspiring photos and tips about growing these gorgeous beauties!
So, get busy collecting these amazing plants and COLOR YOUR WORLD with beauties that will make you FEEL like a master gardener.
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