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Decorating Wisely: Succulents Featured

Written by  Glenda Wise Friday, 28 April 2017 21:14
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         I’m sure you’ve seen succulents popping up just about everywhere in home decorating and event table centerpieces. I’m not sure if you remember or not, but Megan and Cole Forsberg used them in their wedding last fall.


          What I love about these little beauties is that, well, they are gorgeous especially because they come in a variety of colors and shapes, they are low maintenance (extra points in my book), they look great anywhere and the faux ones look just like the real thing! How’s that for versatility! I can remember way before it was the boojee thing to do my mother-in-law growing them. Now, it seems like they’re popping up everywhere including high-end home décor.


            One of my favorite ways to use succulents is to place a large quantity in rows in a flat wooden container. I love the way the different colors and shapes come together especially mixed with the wood. Something amazing happens when wood and living plants are used together!


            I also like them in a single unique container. For example, I saw a succulent planted in a cute ceramic elephant on Pinterest. What a great gift or just the right touch in a small bathroom.


            You can also make a little succulent garden from things found at the dollar store. All you need is a cute bowl, a bag of creek gravel and a few pieces of decorative glass pieces. You can also do this a small terrarium. Sometimes these can be quite pricey, but I’ve seen various sizes at Hobby Lobby and if you watch their ad, they will be half off at some point.


            Now my little Gracie may be a beautiful dancer, but she sure doesn’t have a green thumb. Somehow, she managed to kill a succulent garden someone gave her as a birthday gift. Here are Lowe’s Home Improvement’s tips to planting them and keeping them alive!


Step 1: Fill a bowl of your choice with potting mix. You can use a special soil mix for succulents or create your own by mixing potting soil with sand to make it more porous (remember, succulents don't like wet roots).

Step 2: Add a focal point as a centerpiece. This is usually the largest or most colorful plant. Remove the plant from its nursery pot by turning it upside down in your hand, pulling off the pot, then setting the plant into the center of the bowl. If the plant has sharp edges, such as agave, wear gloves.

Step 3: Plant the edges of the bowl. Use a mix of succulents for texture and color. Don't worry about planting too close. These plants can go shoulder to shoulder. You want them to have a lush, crowded look.

Step 4: Fill in any gaps with soil mix, tamping lightly. Finish off with a topper of gravel, aquarium stone, or some other ornamental material.

Step 5: Water. Use a watering can with a narrow spout so you can direct the stream into the soil rather than on foliage. The root systems of succulents are very good at providing moisture for the plants, so be careful not to overwater.


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