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How to Grow Succulents & a 20% Off Sale

Monday, August 29, 2011

I hope that everyone had a nice weekend and made it through the storm.  We were lucky to escape with only high winds thankfully.


Over the weekend I visited my local nursery in search of succulents.  I had so much fun talking to the nice man about growing conditions, etc. and thought I would share his tips in case you are interested in growing succulents yourself.


Succulents drink a fair amount of water, but it is important that they have good drainage.



They also prefer bright light and would be very happy in a sunny window.  Bright indirect light is best.



Succulents can grow in all sorts of containers.  I really like this terrarium style with the soil on the bottom and grit or gravel on top.


I chose three succulents to try thinking our kitchen window would be the perfect sunny spot.  The soil that was recommended was this cactus mix which provides good drainage.  I started with small plants because I like to watch things grow. 



 Here they are all potted up in our kitchen window.  Does anyone remember Smith & Hawken (the catalog)?  I have had this copper tray from the old Smith and Hawken days.  Our window boxes came from there too.  Gosh I miss that catalog.


Have you tried succulents?  If you like the look, but don't have a green thumb, you can find a tutorial for a faux succulent terrarium right here.  Enjoy your day.


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20 comments:

  1. i love succulents! they are pretty, green, and i don't kill them so easily. :)
    so glad you guys were safe, too!

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  2. I do have succulents and they are so easy to grow. I had a catalog not too long ago and they sell some things at Target now.

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  3. I dont' have succulents, but really, I'm lucky if I can grow anything! I wish I had your green thumb!

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  4. Your succulents look very nice in their little pots setting on the mini rocks. I have loved and grown succulents for several years. I find they are easy to grow if I don't over water them. Your kitchen window should be a good spot for them to grow and thrive. Shannon

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  5. I want to try them. Maybe I will, with this great advice. It sounds like they're easy to keep alive. Good for me!

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  6. Love succulents...they allow me some flexibility with watering...I seem to not do well with flowers due to the watering issue:) Take care, Caroline

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  7. I purchase a little succulent for the kitchen window at the beginning of the summer and have really enjoyed watching it grow! The one I got turned out to be super low maintenance which is good, or i might have killed it! :)

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  8. I wish I had more light in our apartment because houseplants would be growing by the dozens around here. I like the utility (and beauty!) of the copper tray, Rene!

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  9. I so miss Smith & Hawken, our window boxes came from there, too. We had a store that closed.:(
    Glad you're all safe, I was thinking of everyone out there.

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  10. I'm so glad to hear that many of you have been successful at growing succulents. There is hope for me after all :)

    Pam, the Smith & Hawken at Target doesn't even compare to the "old" Smith & Hawken.

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  11. I'm going to have to grow some succulents now! I love the infinite variety and how they're so different from "ordinary" plants.

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  12. I used to have such a green thumb! Now it's more blackish green! I'm just too distracted...maybe I'll try the faux succulents! I love them in the glass terrariums! So elegant! Thanks for sharing his tips!!
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  13. I love succulents. I have them all through my garden. I love a bit of modern with my hydrangeas and roses. Great post. Thanks for the tips.

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  14. Oh, I miss S&H too! Your plants look awesome!

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  15. we have 3 jade plants in the office and i love them. they are about 3 years old.

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  16. So glad you are safe, Rene! Oh how I miss the Smith and Hawken catalog and the store. What a wonderful store. It was near my parent's house and my Dad is not a shopper but would go there every couple weeks. He loved it! I do have jade plants but you've inspired me to pick up a few more succelents. Love yours in the copper tray!

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  17. I adore succulents and they are so easy to grow. I have several varieties growing in little pots along my kitchen windowsill. Like you, I love to watch them grow. When a little piece falls off, it will usually root and start a new plant. I'm not embarrassed to say how much joy I get from these little plants!

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  18. they look great! i have some in my window as well! hopefully i'll keep them alive! ;)

    ashley

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  19. So pretty. Thanks for the info on the care for them....Christine

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  20. My fav....they are so easy to grow!!! Glad you made it through the hurricane unscathed.....

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