If you’re a fan of greenery in your house but have a tendency to accidentally kill plants by forgetting to water them, creating your own DIY succulent garden could be what your home needs. Not only will this DIY project help your home to benefit from having plants to purify the air, but it’ll also look amazing and compliment your home decor, too.
Succulent gardens have the ability to add interest to any space and room of your home; from the bedroom to the kitchen. This, combined with the fact that they’re one of the easiest plants to take care of, results in a gorgeous planting space that can help bring nature inside.
Here’s how to create your own succulent garden and ensure that your plants are being taken care of properly:
What You’ll Need:
The materials you use are one of the most important factors in growing a successful succulent garden. You will need:
– A large pot: to house your plants. You could also have a terrarium like the one shown in the image above. Whichever option you chose, it’s important to note that the pot you opt for must have a hole to allow for proper drainage beneath.
– Pebbles: Allowing excess water to drain out of the plants, pebbles also provide you with a way to decorate your indoor garden.
– Succulent soil: Soil that is sandy or gritty allows succulents to grow best. You can create this yourself by combining one-part of sand to two-parts of regular soil.
– Activated charcoal: Also known as activated filter carbon, activated charcoal acts as an air purifier within your succulent garden. You can find this at an aquarium, pet store or garden centre.
Planting Your Succulent Garden
Once you’ve got your materials, you’ll want to start choosing the most important thing… Your actual succulents! There are a number of plants that can be housed in your garden, with the most popular being the Crown of Thorns and various species of cacti. After this, it’s time to start planting!
- Line the bottom of your pot with pebbles. A layer of these can assist with drainage.
- Add another layer of activated charcoal above the pebbles.
- Even out both layers with another of specialist succulent soil.
- Plant your succulent plants within the soil.
How to Care for Your Succulents
Seen as though they’re notoriously known for being easy to take care of, you don’t need to spend hours caring for your new succulent garden. However, there are certain factors that should be taken into consideration when you’re creating a succulent garden.
Because succulents are widely regarded as desert plants, many people assume that they require a lot of direct sunlight. However, the plants themselves are surprisingly prone to burning and suffering with sunburn, so keeping them in a cool area that is shaded is the best way to ensure a long life for your plant.
They also don’t need watering regularly but the exact amount is dependant on the time of year. Throughout the summer months they tend to grow and so need more water, but even so this only needs to happen around once a week.