I keep trying to think of when I got my first succelent... It had to have been when I was 18. I just accumulated them so quickly! Now I have a variety of plants. Truly if my window sill was longer I would have more. Succulents are super fascinating plants! They retain water so their leaves are squishy and thick. Because of this they don’t need to be watered all that much, which makes them fairly easy to take care of. They also come in a variety of whimsy shapes, and colors. That is probably my favorite part.
My garden has done pretty well over the years. Most of them have survived at least 3 moves with me. As far as succulents go I pretty much water them once or twice a month. Have them right in my window so they get plenty of light. Let the soil dry out in between waterings. I am lucky because one of my best friends is a terrarium artist. Well, artist in general (she is so crafty). Tracie knows her shit about plants. She has taught me a lot. I do most of my markets with her so if you’ve been to any she is the master-mind behind Little Roots. My favorite little gardener. It has been super cool learning more about my plants!
If you couldnt tell this post is really just about convincing you to make your own urban garden. Because it’s extra fun, and easy. Here is a simple list provided by Tracie on how to properly plant a succulent! I hope your lovely garden thrives...
Put down a thin layer of rocks at the bottom of your container. This helps with drainage.
Put a layer of active charcoal on top of the rocks. This helps with keeping bacteria out and preventing mold from growing.
Fill to desired height with succulent soil that contains lots of perlite or crushed pumice/turface
Secure succulent root in the soil
Add fun stuff like crystals, moss, shells, sticks etc,
Soil is key! Make sure it’s very dry in between waterings. 1-2 times a month. Tracie uses a spray bottle, and I just do droplets of water (out of a straw) on the roots.
Here is a peak at some of my plants!