Succulents

I’m not sure where these little guys grabbed my attention first but as soon as I saw them, I knew that I must buy some.  As you know, when I want, I want now, so I actually went on my lunch break to see if I could get some in my possession for an after work activity.  Believe it or not, Walmart has some cheap little succulents that are good for a first timer who wants to experiment, like me!  I think the small ones were about $2.98, but I am sure they would be similarly priced at any garden store.

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I planted them individually in jars/containers that I had laying around my house.  I plan to make a larger centerpiece with a bunch of them, but I haven’t got to that yet.

It is super easy.  Here is what you need:

Succulents, one or a few if you have a large container

Larger rocks (I stole from my neighbors landscaping, oops!)

Some gravel

Dirt

A container (I like the clear glass because you can see the layers of the rocks and gravel)

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Okay.  Here is what you do.  Put in your larger rocks at the bottom, then gravel, then dirt.  CAREFULLY put your plant in.  I say carefully and I mean it.  They are pretty fragile and you need to make sure that the small leaves don’t snap off during transport.

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Now the is the most important thing: water sparingly.  Seriously.  I killed one because I kept misting it with a spray bottle.  They thrive in hot climates with a lot of sunlight so don’t over water!

Below is a great article that gives you some hints on how to keep them alive inside.  What  I love about these little guys are that they add so much character and color to a space and are very low maintenance (unlike my basil and mint that I am supposed to water twice a day and more often than not forget to do so!)

http://www.gardenista.com/posts/tips-for-growing-succulents-indoors

Xo K

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