Succulents are one of my favorite types of plants to work with. They come in a variety of abstract shapes and colors. There are just 5 easy steps to create one of these great little gardens for your home.
Step 1: Gathering your supplies
- Soil: Select a fast draining soil like Miracle Grow Cactus, Palm & Citrus Soil.
- Gravel: This is for drainage in clear vases you’ll be able to see the rocks.
- Active Charcoal: (I found this at the pet store)
- Sheet Moss: This helps create a barrier so your soil does not wash into your rocks during watering.
- Container: Select your container. There are endless options!!!!
- Succulents: The fun part, picking your plants!
Step 2: Rock Layer
You want to create drainage for your plants, especially, if you are using a container (like these glass vases) that can not drain. If you are using a clear container you can use aquarium rocks for a pop of color. Depending on the size or your garden the depth of your rock layer can vary.
Step 3: Sheet Moss
This layer helps the water drain while keeping your soil from falling into the rocks during watering. It helps create visual interest between the layers. I use about and 1 1/2 of moss between my soil and rock layer; overtime it will settle.
Step 4: Soil
Mix some of the active charcoal with your cactus soil mix. This helps to absorb moisture and can improve the soil quality. Add a layer above your moss. This will need to be adjusted based on your container, usually the bottom of your plant will need to rest on the top of this layer.
Step 5: Planting
Very carefully remove the plant (sometimes they break easily) and lightly loosen the soil by the roots. Place in the container on top of dirt layer and spoon soil around the succulent. Gently press the soil to hold plant in place.
That is it! Below is the final project; the succulents make a great addition to any sunny location!