May 7, 2017, posted by Gina – I recently planted a few succulents in a favorite container and it had me wondering if our readers have experience with them or are as crazy about them as I am. Since these pretty plants have become so trendy over the past few years, I thought I’d share some information about them.
Browse through any home decorating or gardening magazine and you will come across succulents. Not only will you find them in planters but you’ll likely see succulents in flower arrangements, in flower crowns, incorporated into bridal bouquets, etc. Suddenly, cakes decorated with “succulents” made of icing and even jewelry made from live succulents are popping up everywhere as well. If you’re considering bringing a few a these into your life, and we highly recommend it, here are few things to know:
1. Succulents are low maintenance, fleshy plants that retain water which enables them to survive in hot and arid conditions. They require very little watering but they do need a lot of sun. They come in all kinds of interesting shapes and a wide range of colors.
2. They are easy to grow. Given the right water and light, they will double in size before you know it.
3. They look great in containers. Mix different varieties together to make a texturally interesting and colorful grouping. Or just use one in a really cute vase, like the Celfie vase.
4. They make great gifts. The endless array of shapes (spiky, trailing, lotus-like, wavy, etc.), their compactness and the fact that they are low maintenance make them the perfect plant to give as a gift.
5. Wreaths made of succulents are unique, gorgeous and eye-catching.
6. They are very versatile and can be used in floral arrangements, corsages, centerpieces; the list goes on and on. We also saw some drapery tie-backs at a wedding made of succulents.
7. Be sure to give them plenty of direct light.
8. Allow them to dry out between watering. Never let them sit in water.
9. Use a fast draining soil.
10. Roots should be close to the surface.
Autumn Joy Sedum is one of my favorite succulents because of its gorgeous blooms. This is an old-fashioned garden plant that was very popular during the ’60s and ’70s. The blooms start off pink and as fall approaches they turn a beautiful copper color. If you don’t have one of these, I think you should try to find one. You won’t be disappointed. Try your hand at a succulent container or just start off with one little one. Either way, I’m sure you’ll be successful with succulents!