Succulents are the go-to plants for those with not-so-green-fingers. What’s more, they’re waterwise and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, textures and colours…
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It’s no wonder that searches for succulent and cactus arrangements are up 235% on Pinterest! Now that succulent arrangements have stepped up the game, we’ve got all the advice you need to create beautiful centrepieces for your home and garden.
First off, what is a succulent arrangement?
Luckily, it’s as simple as it sounds – it’s a few different succulents planted or grouped together. Exactly like a flower arrangement, but with succulents.
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And why are succulent arrangements so awesome?
We love succulent arrangements because they can look just as gorgeous as flowers, but because they’re planted in a pot, they thrive for years (provided you follow our tips and look after them properly).
They’re also very easy to take care of, they make stunning indoor or outdoor centrepieces for a table and they even make great budget-friendly gifts. What’s not to love?
Here’s how to make a succulent arrangement
What you’ll need:
- Potting soil and river sand
- A large pot (think of this as your frame)
- Decorative pebbles or stones
- Various succulents
Choosing your succulents
The easiest, and cheapest, way is to propagate from your garden (or a friend’s). Succulents grow easily from offcuts and you’ll get to pick and choose exactly what you want – for free.
Alternatively, your local nursery will have a variety for sale. The types of succulents you choose is entirely up to taste, either choose a variety or opt for similar sizes, textures and colours.
The general rule for planting succulents in pots is to choose ‘a thriller, a spiller and a filler’ – translated, that means, a plant that’s taller, a plant that will grow over the edge of your pot and a plant (or plants) that will fill up any gaps.
How to put your succulent arrangement together
- Remember that succulents don’t like wet roots, so make sure their “home” is suitable. Fill the pot with soil (about ¾ full) and then top it up with river sand. Don’t top it up completely, leaving enough space for the decorative pebbles (which you’ll add later).
- Fold the soil into the sand, mixing it thoroughly and letting air in. Once you’re done, add a small amount of water.
- Plant the succulent cutoffs or plants into the pot. Generally, the more space succulents have to grow, the bigger they’ll get and the more they’ll propagate, so don’t crowd your pot too much if you’re using cuttings. This will ensure that your arrangement looks structured, even after a few weeks.
- Once the pot is filled, top it up with the decorative stones or pebbles and voila, you have a succulent arrangement.
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How to take care of your succulent arrangement
As long as your arrangement gets enough light and just a little bit of water, it should thrive. Whatever you do, remember that these plants are succulents and the quickest way to kill them is to overwater them. Only water them when the sand is dry.
Carina Claassens – All4Women