The new little plants popping up in your local hardware store or used as display decorations here at jb and me, called succulents, are all the rage right now. Succulents are such a great way to add greenery to your home or garden because they’re super easy to take care of. For those of you who shy away from anything that needs assistance to grow - look no further than our Succulent How-to!
Succulents thrive in a dry environment with a lot of sunlight, such as a bedroom or bathroom with large windows or outside. The best temperatures are between 70-85 degrees during the day and 50-55 degrees at night. Choosing what to plant your succulents in is just as important. At jb and me, we love all things vintage! We chose old vases, tins, and bowls to plant our succulents in.
If one of your succulent leaves falls off, it will slowly start to grow a new plant! Don’t throw away your green leaves that fall - instead, put them on newspaper or on a layer of soil without watering for 1-3 days and then place them back on a top layer of soil. After placing them back on the soil, only sprinkle them with water instead of watering like the rest of your full grown succulents. After about a month you will see a new succulent growing! The roots will find their way into the soil on their own.
-A vase, planter, tin, vintage bowl, etc. to grow the succulents in
-Cactus/Succulent potting soil, allows for proper drainage
-Pebbles, small stones to put on the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage (Note: if you have a planter that has holes in the bottom, the pebbles aren’t as important). You can find these in your backyard or at your local gardening store.
-Plants! You can find them at your local greenhouse or online.
1. Begin by placing pebbles in the bottom of your planter about an inch high. This will allow for proper drainage.
2. Fill your container with soil until you only have about a half inch left at the top. Pour a little water on top of the soil, let it sink down, and put more soil in until you again reach the half inch mark.
3. Time to be creative! Fill your planter with as many succulents as you want! We recommend filling the planter with as many as you can - succulents do not need a lot of room to grow so they can be planted very close to one another.
4. Water the soil and set in the sun! Succulents only need to be watered once a week, overwatering can cause them to become a brown or yellow color and wilt.
5. Bask in the glory that is you revving up your green thumb! You’ll want to make many more planters after this!
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