I've never been accused of having a green thumb. Pretty much every plant I've ever even looked at has shriveled up. But now it's time to turn over a new, greener, leaf!
These little succulents were scooped up from leftovers at an event. Bradley also gifted me an orchid when I got home from NYFW back in February that needed repotting. ALERT, THE ORCHID IS STILL ALIVE. That's what inspired me to take it a little further.
So, I did what any novice plant momma would do: Google. I searched soil types, watering methods, how to propagate from existing plants, sunlight, pot types. EVERYTHING. I might be a succulent expert at this point. Just, uh, get back to me in a couple months to see if I pass the ultimate test.
Some tips and advice I picked up through my research, in case you're curious about succulents:
- Make your own soil mix. It's cheaper this way, I found. Mix 3 parts potting soil, 2 parts sand, and one part perlite. I just took a mason-jar-full of each bit, and mixed it all up in a sturdy shopping bag. I would recommend you use a bucket, however, because my stand-in container idea sucked. Also, use coarse sand! Mine was more like fine gravel than beach sand. This and the perlite make sure your soil won't hold on to too much moisture or settle, suffocating your little dudes.
- Use planters with drainage holes. They need air and for the soil to dry out. You'll be tempted to use random glass containers/terrariums for an eclectic look, but your little cactus babes won't appreciate that.
- Water thoroughly, then leave 'em alone. Let the soil dry out com-plete-ly before watering again. I think I was afraid of them being too thirsty in the past, and my extra care and attention actually killed them. They're independent! Just let them do their thing.
- DO NOT SPRITZ. This is kind of a sub-bullet of the last one. Don't spray! The soil has to be soaked thoroughly. Now, air plants, you can spray (but also bathe once a week... that's for another time though) but it's just not enough for our wee spikey friends.
- Groom 'em. The dead leaves towards the bottom of the plant? Those are totally normal. Don't freak out that you've let your little guys down. Gently pull 'em off and get 'em outta there. If they're really dead, they'll come off very easily. You just don't want a lot of extra stuff crowding them.
There's a little bit that I've learned in my travels around the web. Do you have any advice to add? Here's hoping our succulents fare well! Cheers!