With the holidays just around the corner what better way to show appreciation for your loved ones than by gifting them a succulent planter. These plants come in a wide variety so there are several shapes, sizes, and colors to pick from. Most importantly they are a simple plant to maintain and care for. They're sure to be a wonderful present for any occasion this year.
To begin you will need all the supplies from the checklist. I have a hardware shop just down the street that also sales house plants so this is where I picked up my plants, soil, and pottery bowls. Search the web to find the closest location near you. Try to make it a one time stop to cover all your needs.
The Selection Process:
Depending on the size of pots you're purchasing will determine how much soil you will need. Most succulents are small when you purchase and depending on how much room their roots have to spread will determine how big they will grow. I really like the size of these pots and plants . Be sure your pot has a drain hole when making your selection.
Preplan before potting your succulents. Determine which plants will go in which pots. This is particularly important if you are putting multiple plants together in one pot. You will want anywhere from two to four fingers width distance between each plant. Be sure not to over plant and give each succulent enough room for their roots in the base. Over the newspaper remove the succulent from the plastic planter. Shake out the roots and get them to loosen up from the compact formation of the plastic planter. It is important not to skip this step as this is what helps the succulents transfer to their new home in the pot. Place the succulent in your planter. Repeat if you're adding multiple plants to one pot. Once the pot has your succulents situated fill planter with soil. Push the soil down into the planter. You will want the soil packed tightly below the rim of the pot. Keep in mind soil line will go down when you water the plant. Now, if desired, cover the surface of the soil with stones. Your succulents are ready to be watered and the excess soil can be tossed with the newspaper.
Succulents should be watered once a week. For the size of pots and small succulents, I used in these instructions 3 tablespoons a week should be enough. If your succulent becomes soft and mushy they are being over watered. If your succulent becomes dry and loses color they need more water.