For years, I’ve wanted to have some type of succulent garden. I saw a cool one on Martha’s show eons ago where she placed them sporadically in a rock wall, within the cracks and between rocks. Looked so cool and easy, too. Not a whole lot of soil required, if any. Maybe some coarse sand, that’s it.
Though we have a lot of rocks on our property, it’s a far cry from a cool rock garden like she has / had, and I pretty much tossed the idea of a succulent garden out the window, simply because I didn’t really want them in the ground and my brain was so tainted by said rock wall.
Fast forward to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck last month, where there were succulents everywhere. Almost every booth had a pot or two, or dozens for sale. I didn’t buy any, mainly because the majority of them were planted in some sort of overpriced galvanized vessel, and I’m just really not that in to galvanized. However, the thought of having a succulent garden was back to the forefront of my mind, swirling around.
Meanwhile, back at Farmhouse1820, I turned to my collection of “stuff” and found five clear glass pots, in the shape of a traditional clay pot. Perfect, I thought. I can buy small succulents and plant them in these.
The plants I found were small enough to fit right in the glass pots, and I figured this would be easiest since I’m a succulent novice and all. I surrounded the plant with brown sea glass that I had on hand (natch), to make them look more polished and to give the plants and their roots some air. And too, the more I’ve read up on succulents, if planted in glass, they require proper air circulation as they don’t like sitting in soggy soil. So, keeping them in their original pots and surrounding them with sea glass proved to be a good idea, as well as pretty.
Water them thoroughly and let their soil dry out completely between watering. They do like about six hours of light a day, so try to get them as close to a window as possible. This, of course, is for indoor growing, and that’s what I’m aiming for here. Whether growing succulents indoors or out, they’re low maintenance and prove pretty. My kind of plants. Goes to show that having succulents, doesn’t suck.