|Succulent garden in a cracked casserole dish|
The cracked pottery dish was too beautiful to throw out. It acquired new life as a tabletop succulent garden.
Easy Pretty: -fill the dish with cactus potting mix.
-plant small succulents in the soil.
-add some decorative sand and rocks.
-water sparingly, place in sunny window.
|Succulents in ceramic casserole dish|
If the planter has no drainage holes, water sparingly only once every few weeks. Spritz the soil at the base of the plants, less in winter, more in summer. The roots of succulents are shallow. Too much water sitting around the roots will kill the plant. The ideal planters for succulents have drainage holes!
Place succulents in a sunny south window in winter. In northern Canada the winter sun is low and weak. Even though the succulents are not growing vigorously in winter, they need the sunshine.
|Healthy and happy succulents in a southern window|
Vary heights, shapes and sizes of the succulents- for interest. Many varieties are available in local greenhouses, even in winter.
If using a damaged planter, place the damaged area at the back - or hide it with plants.
Succulents can be planted close together, but you may want to leave some open space in the planter for balance. Add sand, rocks, tiny statues, little pieces of driftwood for decoration. On the other hand, a planter full of plants is also quite beautiful.
Don't use a layer of gravel at the bottom of a planter without drainage. Water pools in the gravel. Soggy roots will kill the plants.
Amend regular potting mix by adding gravel, coarse sand and/or perlite to improve the drainage. A peat based soil will store too much moisture and kill the succulents.
Instead of planting directly into containers without drainage holes, modify a plastic plant pot to fit inside. Remove it to drain after watering.
It is possible to drill drainage holes into ceramic - very carefully!
|A better idea - a clay pot with a drainage hole inside the casserole dish.|
|Succulent circles of beauty.|