Succulents are trendy right now, and I don’t blame the population for picking up on them. They’re tiny, adorable, affordable, and best of all, it’s hard to kill them. Succulents do well indoors or outdoors as long as they have some sunlight, and you can water them once a week (or less) and they’ll be just fine. Overall, they’re hard to kill, but I’ve killed succulents before. I decided to do right by the succulents that drowned under my care and find out the proper way to create a succulent arrangement and how to care for it.
It all started about two months ago when I was browsing through my Bloglovin’ feed and saw a post on Sass & Shamrocks about succulents for beginners. I had just lost my second-ever succulent, but Amy’s post inspired me to learn to love again and I knew I needed to actually try with my new succulents. Fast forward to the middle of April and I texted my friend Maddie and asked if she wanted to make succulent arrangements with me. Of course she did, because how frickin’ Pinterest would we be if we spent the day gardening and being adorable.
After spending the morning Googling how to keep succulents alive, I texted Maddie again and we were off. We found planters/containers at Target and Homegoods (and some gorgeous ones at west elm, if you’re in the market for an expensive planter), picked out succulents at Home Depot, and bought soil and rocks.
One of the most important things we found was that we needed to buy quick drying cactus soil and pebbles. The quick drying soil reduces the amount of moisture that the roots sit in; the less excess moisture, the better. Pebbles or rocks are super important to add to your planter if it doesn’t have a drainage hole at the bottom because the pebbles will allow excess water to drain out of the soil and into the bottom of the container. This is a second preventative measure to make sure the poor little succulents don’t drown.
If you’re looking to create an arrangement and not plant single succulents in single containers, you’ll need:
- 1 (or more) large container
- 1 bag of soil
- 1 bag of pebbles
- 5 or more succulents
When you’re buying your succulents, try to bring your container(s) with you. It’s easier to determine how many succulents and what varieties you’ll want if you can visualize the arrangement in your container. You can also look on Pinterest or other sites for inspiration. Maddie and I brought our containers to Home Depot and placed succulents in them until the arrangements looked how we wanted. We even took pictures so we would remember which succulent went where. Maybe that seems excessive, but we like to go big or go home. And, it was really hot and Home Depot was crowded and we were ornery by that point, so if we had forgotten how we wanted to arrange things, the day could’ve ended poorly.
How to Re-Plant Your Succulents
Once you’ve picked up your supplies, follow these steps:
- Put a thin layer or rocks on the bottom of your container.
- Add some soil, but don’t fill the whole thing up.
- Remove each succulent from its plastic throw-away container and massage the soil. This will allow some of the old soil to fall off and free up the ends of the roots.
- Make a dip in the soil in your new container and place your succulent inside. Add more soil around the succulent to stabilize it.
- Repeat and become Pinterest as f***.
Do you have any plants? Do you have a green thumb? Let me know in the comments below!