Plants are a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to add something pretty and alive to your space. An indoor succulent garden fits the bill for all these things. Succulents go for a couple of dollars a pop at your local nurseries, and they are built to survive in the harshest of conditions. They are perfect for those who tend to forget the watering chore or do not have a green thumb.
To choose the best combination of succulents, it is important to keep variety in mind. Choose plants of different sizes, heights, shapes, and colors. The largest variance for your succulent garden should be in the plants' height, size, and shape. It is best to choose around three different colors for the succulents and not many more than that, as too many colors can be overwhelming to the eye. Sticking to just a few colors creates consistency in your garden yet provides flexibility in choosing height, size, and types of plants you choose. Some gardening stores will have various succulents planted in one large pot already, but be aware that these plants tend to be planted too close together to stay alive in that same pot long-term.
Because they have shallow roots, succulents can grow in just about anything you have around the house, from vintage canisters to decorative pots. Try coffee mugs, pots, jars, canisters, buckets, kettles, tin cans, glassware, or any other container that might add to your current space and style. Multiple plants can be placed in the same container to create the garden's look, but be careful not to crowd the plants, as they will grow and need to be replanted in a larger container. If you do not want to see the soil in the plant area, place some decorative stones on top.
Succulent roots must be able to drain. Otherwise, the plant will die if the roots are moist all the time. Fill the pot with succulent soil mix. Regular potting soil is too rich and holds too much moisture for succulents, so be sure to use well-draining soil so that the water can drain properly.
Heat and Light
Succulents like to be warm and dry, and they love the light. So if you live someplace dark and gloomy most of the winter, ensure that you have some lights on for these plants, even if they are near a window. Be careful, however, not to place them near windows that get too much sun. While succulents can handle cold weather and lack of sun for periods, the light and warmth make them happiest.
Water and Routine Care
Succulents do not need a ton of water to survive, but they must be adequately watered. They have shallow roots that should dry between each watering. They will absorb the water they need, and the rest can drain out of the bottom if there is a hole in the container. Because of this, emphasize watering them thoroughly as opposed to frequently. Note that if you overwater them, they will plump up and look healthy before turning sick.
All succulents will grow to larger sizes and will need to be repotted from time to time. Be sure not to crowd the plants in pots.
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