Succulents: Easy Container Garden

img_1386I love easy-to-make container gardens, and one of the easiest is one of my succulent container gardens. Populated by cuttings and broken plant pieces from various gardening mishaps (!), this container garden has thrived and is one happy family consisting of the following, from left to right: (1) plush plant, also known as Echeveria harmsii – lower left, closest to the soil, (2) jade plant, also known as Crassula portulacea, Crassula argentea, money plant, and money tree, (3) ghost plant, also known as Graptopetalum paraguayense and mother of pearl plant, and (4) Christmas kalanchoe, also known as Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. I love it so much – it’s totally lush and plush (because of the plush plant!).

Whenever I encounter a pre-made succulent container garden at a gardening department or store, I’m always astounded by the prices, which are relatively high once I considered the cost of creating one of mine, derived from mature plants that I already have (and paid for long ago). My succulent container gardens are from simple propagation of cuttings and plant pieces that are then inserted into potting soil and lightly watered twice per week just to keep the soil moist but not soggy. So far, they all seem to “get along” and not competing with each other for nutrients as they are all thriving.

A very thoughtful and low-cost gift for the plant lovers in your life may be to place a small cutting of a succulent plant in a small container filled with moist soil – so simple to make, and so easy to love. They’re also very low maintenance. Why not give it a try?

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Ingestion of the sap of the jade plant may cause illness and skin contact with the sap may also cause dermatitis. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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One Response

  1. That’s what I’m talkin about!!! LOL!

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