Monday, March 7, 2011

DIY Succulent table Garden



I adore me some Succulents! They come in all shapes and sizes and even vary in color a bit.

photo by davitydave

Whether they're planted in the ground or in a pretty pot to sit on someone's front step, they always add a little hint of color and maybe even a smidgen of sophistication. I've been seeing them everywhere and I have been falling in love! I decided I had to have one of my own and where better for it to display it's loveliness then on my dining room table. It's perfect there. It adds a little bit of color and simple decoration. I'm still in the process of deciding what else should go on there but I'm thinking a lacy table runner and maybe some cute, small bottles. That is for another post though ^_~.

So here is my how to Table Top Succulent Garden

What you'll need:
  • A pot or dish of some kind
  • Some small rocks or pebbles (only needed if your planter is missing drainage holes)
  • Small smooth rocks or pebbles to cover the top of the soil (optional)
  • Soil
  • And the succulents of your choice
I wanted something a little different as far as the planting pot goes and anything remotely pretty in the potting area cost an arm and leg! So instead I went to Ross and found a deep decorative baking dish that cost me $5.00. AWESOME! Yes I was that stoked. Anyway, as far as depth goes of the pot or dish, my mom told me a good rule of thumb is that the plant should be able to be planted as deep as it  stands high out of the ground.


1. Put the rocks at the bottom of your dish or pot. Put in just enough to cover the bottom of the dish well. The rocks help with drainage so this is very importation especially if you planter doesn't have drainage holes on the bottom for water to get out (like mine).


2. Cover the rocks with a bit of soil. This where the bottom of your plants will sit.


3. Arrange your succulents in a way that you like. Kind of a dry run basically. This way you're not left with hands full of dirt and plants hoping the succulents will fit and look as your hoped.


4. Once you've settled on where you want everything to sit it's time to get these suckers out of their little baby pots and throw them'em into the big kids pool! Just place them on their sides and gently roll them pressing down just a little bit. Then turn them over into your hand and voila! You have a little succulent sitting in the palm of your hand. Then just put it where you want it to sit in the arrangement.


5. All you have to do is fill in the soil around your plants and gently pack it down a little and you're done!



I adore my little table top garden! They are so easy to care for and look nothing short of amazing. I might get some nice smooth rocks to put over the soil eventually but I'm happy with this guy for sure.

-Andrea

5 comments:

  1. Umm I love this!!!! Love your blog :)


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  2. I'm so glad you like this one! It was fun to do. =)

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  3. I love succulents as well. I just got 6 new ones - Now I know how to display them. Thanks for the idea

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  4. Oh i LOVE this...I even have a planter pot almost just like that. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Blessings,
    Kate

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  5. I love succulents too! This turned out so pretty

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