Hello; welcome back to the Blog at Main Floral! We’re super busy this time of year with all the prom stuff–corsages and boutonnieres, galore. Plus, April is Volunteer Appreciation month, so we’re working to deliver flowers all around the Twin Cities, for all types of fabulous volunteers. 🙂 Today though, our mind keeps wandering over to garden mode. Maybe it’s the mid-April, snow storms, or maybe it’s the well-below average temperatures–but, we are craving the feel of dirt in our hands, and the smell of the green all around us, more than anything lately. So, since we can’t get any, actual, gardening done outside, we have been super busy inside, creating the next best thing–succulent gardens! We love when folks order them for delivery, and we have a great selection around the shop right now, too!
Anyway, since we also have a ton of individual little plants in right now (they’re adorable ❤ ), we thought we’d take this blog post to share some of our favorite tips for creating your own little garden at home–in case you’re in a spot similar to us, where you’re just dreaming of some fresh, springy, weather, too.
Before getting started on making your own little garden, you’ll need to gather a few necessities:
A container to plant in (This can be almost anything. A mug, a tea cup, a hollowed out piece of wood, a jar, an old pot, a little pot, etc. Succulents don’t need much room to spread so you don’t need a huge. or deep, area.)
Dirt (Succulents are similar to cacti and need a sandy soil. Thick black dirt won’t allow for the type of drainage their roots need and it will kill them. About 3/4 sand, mixed with 1/4 dirt will do the trick. Or, pick up some cactus dirt.)
Succulents (The more shapes, textures, and colors you have, the more interesting your garden will look when you’re finished. Usually four, or five, plants is a good number.)
*Stones, sticks, tiny dinosaurs or animals, little fairies, doll house furniture, etc. (*These are all totally optional ideas of things you can use to decorate your little garden. You don’t need to use anything, if you don’t want.)
Once you gather all of your supplies, you’ll need to come up with a vision of how you’d like your little garden to look. When we have plants of varying heights, we usually figure out which way we’d like our garden to face, and then put the taller ones either toward the back, or to the sides, a bit. We also like to vary the textures–we usually put the smoother leaf plants next the the pokey leaf ones, and we space out any plants with super similar colors, as well.
We have a wonderful selection of different types of succulents right now!
After we get a pretty good idea of where we’d like our plants to go, we fill our container up 3/4th of the way with our sandy soil and lightly bury the roots of our Succulents right where we want them to go. (This way, we can easily move them around if we don’t quite like how they look.) Once we get them into the position we love, we fill our container up with rest 1/4 of the soil–securing our little guys right into place.
Once the plants have been planted, we decorate. Sticks, and small rocks are our favorite things to use–but, occasionally, we love to branch out and add little birds, little dinosaurs, and even mini furniture to create more of a scene. It’s fun to get creative. (Michael’s and Dollar Tree are good places to find tiny things to use. You can always spray paint things if you aren’t crazy about the colors that they come in.)
And, that’s it! It’s super simple to create your own, little, Succulent garden from scratch. They make such good gifts too. 🙂 Here is a previous blog that we wrote with some good instructions for how to take care of Succulents…
If you’re more in the mood to just order one, either for you or to be delivered to someone special, check out the ‘Plants’ portion of our website–we have a couple mixed in there. (We can always customize if you call us directly, though. 🙂 )