When it is February, and the groundhog has determined there will be six more weeks of winter bring some plant life into your home dÃ©cor to freshen up a room. Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve seen them, they seem to be popping up everywhere in home decorating stores, Succulents! They are excellent plants for indoor containers as they conserve moisture and add greenery to your surroundings. There are a few things you will want to know before you start.
Pick the right plants.
You will want to pick the right plants for your indoor environment. As some succulents require more sunlight than others, you may want to check in with your local nursery for advice. For a suggestion on the best ten plants for beginners, click here.
Choose the right container.
Creating a centerpiece or coffee table arrangement with a succulent garden creates a lovely focal point in a room. Use any decorative container you wish to capture the water runoff that will not leak. Use smaller containers with drainage holes that will sit inside the larger non-draining container. You can layer pebbles, sea glass, shells or any lovely item that can handle moisture in the outer container. If you choose to use a non-draining container, line the bottom with small gravel prior to filling with the soil mixture to prevent the plant from sitting in water.
Understand soil and water.
Fortunately, Miracle-Gro makes a mixture for Cactus, Palm & Citrus that is fast-drying and you can find it at any home store. According to the World of Succulents, you need to water your succulents once every two weeks. I would recommend if you purchase your plants at a Nursery to ask them this question for the succulents you buy. After watering, be sure to drain any excess water from the larger container to make sure you donâ€™t have an accident on your coffee table!
If you need some help or inspiration on containers to use for your succulent garden, click here to view my Pinterest board.
I found some online resources worth sharing with you:
- Make A Succulent Dish Garden
- Make a Modern Cement Planter
- DIY Cement Planter Video which will show you how to add an imprint to your planter.
If you want to become an expert in Succulents, go to Succulents and Sunshine.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Succulent photo purchased from Shutterstock.