How to Plant a Succulent Garden Container

  1. Pick an interesting container.

    Some container options. I chose the shallow plate.

    Some container options. I chose the shallow plate.

  2. Succulents need a gritty mix of soil, so I like to make my own. I use basic potting soil and then add grit and perlite. Some nurseries sell potting mix especially for succulents, but not in this small town!

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    Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

  3. You will need a few tools . I bought these miniature trowels at the dollar store, they are extremely handy for getting in tight spaces. You will also need a sharp pair of scissors, some kind of brush, and I like to use a dibbler to make the right size and shape hole.11816026_10153360429165020_1173529501_n

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    Tiny tools.

  4. Plant selection. Always try to plant in odd numbers. This also applies to your regular garden as well. I usually plant three. A spiller, a tall one and then a thriller. I use sedums from my own garden to save on costs, the others I buy at local nurseries. I’m always on the lookout for sales. By the end of July you can usually find some great deals. Another way to save on costs is to propagate your own.

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    So many options.

  5. Once you have selected the plants you will be using, place them in the container without actually planting them, play with them a little bit until it looks ‘just right. Rule of thumb, spillers to the front, tall ones to the back, and thriller somewhere in between.IMG_0244
  6. General planting tips. If your plant doesn’t come loose from its container easily, try tapping gently on the side. If the plant has become root-bound, tease the roots apart with your fingers. Don’t worry if a section of plant breaks off when handling, just pop it into a pot of its own and water well for about a week.
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  7. Once your container is planted you should give the plants a good drink. I always use a long-spouted can, not the sprinkler kind. I’m a firm believer in not getting the leaves wet, always water at the base of the plant.
  8. I like to top-dress the soil with pea gravel. For no other reason than I think It justs looks better. Then I add some kind of ornament for whimsy. Sometimes I like to add seashells as well. I have quite a collection of shells from all our winter holidays. My husband always brings back a collection, I don’t know why. Well, know we have found a use for them.

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    Pea gravel.

  9. Voila.  You are now the proud owner of your own succulent container garden.

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    Tah-dah!

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