Thursday, May 8, 2014

DIY Succulent Arrangement



Succulents have been trendy for a while now, but I never fully appreciated them until moving to Texas. Here, they're not only trendy, but ubiquitous thanks to the year-round warm and dry climate. Both indoors and out, cacti and succulents make for amazing, nearly maintenance-free arrangements. I snagged my supplies from the adorable Pennsylvania-based store Terrain, but you can use any inexpensive vessel and found rocks; just make sure you use cactus/succulent potting soil.

The directions are painfully easy. Start with a layer of rocks on the bottom, which allows for water drainage, then a layer of soil. Make indented wells in the soil and settle the succulents into these wells. Choose succulents in a variety of shapes, colors and height; odd numbers of plants are more visually pleasing. Cover the soil with a pretty layer of decorative rocks. Allow soil to completely dry between waterings, and add only a miniscule amount of water at a time. Last step: enjoy having plants that will at least take you a long time to kill.


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