More and more Christmas decorations are sneaking into the house, like this Christmas succulent arrangement. I put it together today using plants and decorations that I already had.
Quick arrangements for Christmas are fun! You can push the light and water boundaries since they only need to last for a few weeks. When Christmas is over these plants are going back to a spot under grow lights and eventually I’ll use them for other arrangements.
I found a pretty plant terrarium on sale the other day and decided to make a decoration for Halloween. To get the Halloween look I added a plastic crow and a couple of spooky looking plants that I already had in the house.
Halloween decorations are so much fun! This year, I put together a spooky mini garden – with a mist maker!
What I used
Container – I picked up a metal bowl for 2 dollars at the second hand store. It didn’t have drainage so I drilled 4 wholes in the bottom with a regular drill.
Decoration – Miniature house – Plastic spiders – Miniature sign – Branches form Corkscrew Hazel – you can use any branches that look a bit spooky – Green sheep moss – Spanish moss – Pebbles (gravestones)
Another weekend with dull weather – another succulent arrangement. This time I used a pretty bonsai pot at the local garden center. I chose succulents that go well with the color of the pot – concrete grey with touches of red.
Succulents need good drainage. That means letting water rinse quickly. Here’s how you keep them happy:
Use a container with drainage whole. My container didn’t have holes so used a regular drill to make two – one on each side of the pot.
Use succulent or cacti potting soil. It’s basically potting soil with sand and grit that allows quick drainage.
Water moderately, especially during the winter months. Every 10-14 days is usually enough.
We’ve had another rainy day. The wet weather makes it difficult to be in the garden so I’ve kept busy inside. My indoor plants (finally) got some attention and I put together a miniature succulent garden.
I often use a small Kalanchoe in my arrangements. They bring a pop of colors that’s hard to get with succulents alone.
The Kalanchoe is back-planted with a Croton, which isn’t a succulent. Since it’s an ordinary house plant it needs more water. To make sure it gets the right amount and at the same time keep the low water succulents happy, I planted it in a separate pot. Before watering, I pop the small pot up, water it separately and that put it back in place.
A tip for adding house plants into low water succulent arrangements is to plant them in a separate pot.