One of the easiest ways to decorate and liven your space is by adding plants. Not only are they a great pop of color, they also help to cleanse the oxygen in your home while also boosting your mood
If you’re not quite sure as to what type of plants to get, I suggest succulents. These beautiful gems come in a variety of different types, colors, and sizes. Succulents are very simple to take care of. They require direct sunlight or a bright area and weekly watering unless it’s winter in which watering would be less frequently. Succulent plants are often found in dry, hot climates such as Arizona and California. Because of the dry conditions, succulents hold water in their fleshy leaves, which allows them to go for longer periods without being watered. Important, you want to allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. These plants are prone to root rot from overwatering, which will lead to plant decay. *Insert sad face here*
How to Make Your Own Indoor Succulent Garden:
To begin, you will first need to choose what you want to pot your plants in. This can be anything from a terra-cotta pot to a glass bowl, or an old aluminum canister. Ideally, choose pots with drainage holes. If not, there are ways around it; however from my experience the holes are best. this time, I chose to do mine in glass bowls that I found at my local thrift stores. They each cost me between $.99-$3. I suggest checking out your local thrift/resale shops before heading to the craft stores because the bowl pictured above was $10 at the craft store but $2 at Goodwill!
Once you’ve chosen your container, you’ll want to add stones ($1 per bag at Dollar Tree) to the bottom of the bowl if it does not have drainage. The stones will act as a drainage system to prevent the roots from rotting due to over watering. If you’re using a glass container, this will also add a cool layering design.
Now that you’ve added the stones, it is time to add the soil. An all purpose potting mix will be fine but I chose to use a cactus mix soil ($5 for a medium bag at Home Depot) because it aids in water drainage. Next, you will want to add the actual plants ($3-4 each at Home Depot, year-round or can also be found at many garden centers). Before placing them into the soil, gently loosen the roots and lower them in. After you have arranged the plant to liking, add another layer of soil stopping where the soil stopped in the plant’s original container. Then water to set the soil.
Choosing to stop here is completely optional. You can decorate by adding moss ($1 at Dollar Tree) and/or rocks to add more style to your garden.
That’s it! You now have a beautiful, customized piece that is low-maintaince!
If you have any questions, leave a comment below!