Doesn’t everyone just love a good succulent arrangement and their abundant possibilities? I don’t think I will ever be over the trending of these low maintenance little cuties. Succulents will also always hold my favor due to the fact that I’m actually decent at taking care of the little guys. Not to toot my own horn, but toot, toot!
A lovely arrangement created in-house from leftovers
… And 8 weeks later
Who would have thought a snow-bound Colorado native would be able to take care of her cacti garden better than her Texas desert dwelling pals? Here are my tips to keep your succulents alive and well…
Care less: I so often hear the greatest of gardeners tell me succulents just aren’t their thing. I think I can directly correlate this to the fact that they haven’t let go of the nurturing gardener mentality. Since I have never had that nurturing mentality I have an edge. When it comes to succulent care, care less. You went on vacation for two weeks and forgot to water? No need to panic. Your succulents won’t mind nearly as much as your cat. In the summer it’s good to experiment with watering. An example of a watering pattern that might work for you this summer is to start at once a week misting, OR (felt the need to emphasize OR as opposed to “and”) once bi-weekly soaking, and then cutting back as you get into the winter months to watering only once every 4 to 8 weeks.
Don’t let your roots rot: Be certain your succulents soil has the ability to dry out between waterings. A well draining soil is key to your little garden’s success. You can purchase succulent/cactus soil bags at any gardening center or you can get creative and mix your own soils or any other drainage system that works for you.
A rock and soil blend is an attractive and well draining combo.
Watch your leaves: They will tell you exactly what they need. Big fluffy or full leaves on a succulent mean they don’t need as much water. Some species will start to sag or droop when it’s time to water. Over watering kills these little guys, so if you’re in doubt leave it out. Keep in mind while succulents love the sun, they are prone to sun burn in the direct heat of the summer. Brown tips and leaves mean they would prefer just a tiny bit less sun exposure throughout the day. If your succulent starts to grow really tall or “stretch” leaving gaps between leaves, it means they have gone searching for sun and need better exposure. Lastly, if you’ve got some rot or dried leaves slowly taking over a plant nip it in the bud, so to speak. Removing the damage can help stop the slow spread and give your plant the chance to restore it’s former glory. Only the strong survive.
Wendee and Melony admiring these monsters!
Get creative: Once you have finally stopped caring and your succulents have finally begun thriving then you can start pursuing those cute vertical planters, and propagated pallet gardens you found on Pinterest. You’re got a succulent garden that just won’t quit!
These surely made a great wedding souvenir to a lucky succulent loving couple!