How To Care For A Succulent Arrangement

We hope you enjoy your new living succulent bowl. Here are our quick guidelines for maintaining the health and vitality of your succulent arrangement.

Your succulent bowl should be placed where it will receive either four hours of direct light per day or brilliant indirect light all day (preferably in the morning). Remember that the plants can be burned by the afternoon sun, especially in the summer. Your succulents will start to expand and lose their brilliance if they don’t receive enough light. Move the plant to a brighter location to prevent this from happening because it is chasing the light. Turn the pot occasionally so that it receives sunlight from all angles.

Locate a sunny area, such as next to or on a window sill, to offer your succulents the best chance of growing indoors. It wouldn’t hurt to occasionally move your succulents outside so they may enjoy the sunshine and clean air. Put the succulent bowl in a safe location with bright, indirect light.

Your succulent bowl is now ready for display after being hydrated. Before watering, wait at least a week or two.

Less is more when it comes to watering your succulents. The general rule is to only water the succulents when the soil is fully dry because it is dangerous to overwater your new house guest. Soak the soil completely with water, then let it drain. Because of their dormant stage, succulents require less irrigation. During the winter, use little water.

Before watering your plant, check the soil’s moisture level by dipping your finger or a wooden stick into it. The soil may appear dry on the surface, but it may still be wet underneath. It’s time to water if the soil is dry.

Your succulents’ lowest leaves will eventually dry out. Any dead leaves should readily pull away, so remove them with care. If a few healthy leaves fall off, you can propagate those leaves to create new succulent plants.

Like any living thing, your succulents will remain happy with fresh air, affection, and water.

How frequently should a succulent arrangement be watered?

During the months that are not winter, when the temperature is above 40 degrees, you should water your succulents every other week. You should only water your succulent once a month in the winter (when the temperature falls below 40 degrees), as it goes dormant at this period.

A few situations constitute an exception to this rule. Because their tiny leaves can’t hold as much water as other varieties with larger leaves, some varieties of succulents need to be watered more frequently. In the non-winter months, feel free to give these small leaf succulents a water if they appear to be thirsty. When they are thirsty, succulents generally exhibit a wrinkled appearance. But always keep in mind that being underwater is preferable to being overwater.

How should a succulent arrangement be cared for?

Succulents may not need much attention, but they do need a few essentials to survive:

  • 1. Provide plenty sunlight. Succulents require adequate light—at least six hours each day of direct sunlight. Maintaining succulents outside can be quite simple. However, if you have a succulent indoors, you must keep it in direct sunlight near a window. A plant that is slanting toward the light is not receiving enough sunlight, yet a plant with burnt areas on its leaves is receiving too much direct sunshine.
  • 2. Use proper water. Depending on the season, succulents might have different water needs. Succulents should be irrigated if their soil dries completely during the growing season, but excess water should be avoided. When a succulent’s roots have time to dry out in between waterings, its lifespan is increased. In the chilly winter months, succulent plants go dormant and require less water. Only water your succulent as often as necessary because overwatering the soil is one of the main reasons of most development problems.
  • 3. Use the proper soil and pot combination. The appropriate container and potting soil can make all the difference, whether you’re growing your own succulents or purchasing one from a nursery. Your succulent planter needs to include a drainage hole if it is going to be an outdoor succulent. Proper drainage allows moisture to escape, allowing the soil and root systems to dry and prevent rot. Use well-draining soil instead of standard dirt if you have an indoor succulent. It is coarser than regular soil, enabling more air to pass through and encouraging evaporation rather than requiring to be drained. To increase aeration, perlite and pumice can be added to some potting mixtures.
  • 4.Remember to fertilize. The periodic fertilizing is beneficial for even low maintenance desert plants. To give your succulents a boost, use a diluted, water-soluble all-purpose fertilizer a couple times a year. Although it’s not entirely required, if you notice that your soil needs some help, add a little fertilizer.
  • 5. Examine your plant life. Pest hazards are more likely to affect a succulent indoors than outside. Make sure your plants are periodically checked for gnats or mealy pests. These insects are a sign that your plants are receiving too much water or fertilizer. Mealy bugs can lay hundreds of eggs and consume the plant juices that serve as their host, gradually harming your plant. Rubbish alcohol can be sprayed on your succulent’s leaves or soil to effectively kill mealy bugs and their eggs. Check the leaves and soil of the succulent before bringing it home from the nursery to make sure no bugs are present.

Do succulent bouquets endure?

I adore a succulent arrangement that is densely packed, lush, and full. Do you? Or do you believe it’s crazy because the plants’ arrangement will inevitably become outgrown too quickly? They won’t (so). Do you believe that growing succulents closely together in a busy area will hurt the plants? (This is false.) Succulents can be planted near together, but how close? You’ll be astounded. Or would you be willing to give it a shot if you knew how to fit so many succulents in a compact area? Succulents naturally grow in groups or close proximity to one another. Let’s examine each of these concerns as I demonstrate how to plant a succulent arrangement similar to this.

How Close Can You Plant Succulents?

Although you may adore the way succulents are crammed together, can they actually thrive in such an environment? These plants will make the best use of all of the resources available, as we discussed when I covered how to plant succulents for quick growth. This is how they resemble goldfish. The common goldfish, Carassius auratus, grows to only a few inches in length but can live for years in a little bowl on your counter. These identical fish, however, are known as carp in huge lakes and can reach weights of 30 pounds quite quickly. Succulents develop quickly to completely utilize the resources available when given an abundance of room, soil, light, and moisture. The roots of multiple plants fighting for soil, moisture, and nutrients when they are planted closely together cause the plants to naturally develop considerably more slowly in order to conserve resources. They can develop in extremely difficult situations thanks to their extraordinary adaptation. The natural ability of succulents to survive in very small planting spaces is simply utilized by close planting.

Do succulents like to be crowded? is a common question. Furthermore, you’ve probably heard that “succulents adore having their roots packed. Instead, I would assert that succulents can tolerate dense root systems and yet survive. Compared to “typical garden plants,” which would quickly outgrow their environment or perish, this is completely different. Undoubtedly, planting succulents close to one another makes it easier for me to maintain them. When there is no vacant soil to hold excess water, you run less of a chance of overwatering your succulent plants.

The majority of people don’t realize how much longer succulent arrangements and containers endure when they are closely planted since crowded succulents grow more slowly. Your crowded succulent planter should be able to flourish for far over a year without any issues.

Succulents and Planter

You will need some supplies as you get near to planting succulents for an arrangement. Begin with a planter with excellent drainage. You can drill your own drainage if it doesn’t. You need a lot of succulents and quick-draining soil. Doubt I have enough people here? I increase it!

You can combine any succulent variety you like. The main factor to take into account is that all succulents will thrive in the same amount of light. I made use of Captain Echeveria. The red leaf margins are gorgeous! For height and gorgeous color, I also used Portulacaria afra variegata. The stacked Crassula perforata, ‘Ivory Towers,’ with its peculiar, angular structure, adds a comical touch. It also has crimson edges. Then I added Crassula platyphylla (not shown here) and Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora,’ both of which have gorgeous stress coloring that will intensify in warmer temperatures and more light.

This article does not discuss succulent design.

Succulent plant care is the subject. Pick whatever container style you desire!

My husband Jerry created me this gorgeous planter, and I adore it. He made a hexagonal planter and placed pieces of a log with the bark still on it. As a result, it has lots of room for planting and looks incredibly organic. Hitchcock likes of the drainage holes he dug. So, we are prepared to begin.

Prepare Drainage Holes in Planter

To conceal drainage holes, I like to use drywall mesh tape. It allows the water to drain while keeping the soil inside. It sticks well to the back since it is tacky. Additionally, one job serves hundreds of pots. You can also use broken pieces of pottery or a screen. You’re good as long as you don’t prevent soil from draining out by slowing the pace of drainage.

Soil should be added to your planter in stages, with excess soil available. I always use a succulent soil that drains quickly, and I add pumice for even greater drainage. Additionally, I usually include worm castings to nourish my succulent plants and deter pests.

Remove Excess Soil from Rootballs

Knock most of the extra soil away from the roots of succulents before planting them close together. This is crucial when planting succulents in close proximity. The roots and the dry soil typically preserve the nursery pot’s shape when you remove a succulent from it. When growing succulents closely together, the pot’s shape will be compromised. You’ll tuck the roots into a space that is much smaller than the pot the succulent was grown in without the extra soil. To keep the plant in place, compact the earth around the roots.

I placed my tallest succulent, the Portulacaria, in the middle of this spherical planter because I want it to appear attractive from all angles. I positioned the echeveria so that it hangs just a little bit over the planter’s edge. I prefer a natural appearance therefore I steer clear of overt symmetry and give my succulent arrangements a slightly untamed appearance. Observe your personal style.

Arrange Planter from All Sides

Turn the planter as you plant your crammed succulent arrangement. View it from various angles to ensure that the overall arrangement is complete, balanced, and beautiful.

As you plant, divide bigger succulents. I just utilized a portion of the Portulacaria, and I divided the Crassula and Sedum into separate pieces to tuck them among the other succulents.

Add more succulent soil to the gaps in, around, and over the roots. Set it down firmly. Another of my favorite tools, the blunt end of a chopstick, is used to compact the soil in between dense clusters of succulents.

Add Moss for Finishing Touch

There is space for even more succulents, I assure you! Possibly my personal motto is that! But it appears that we should stop here. I scattered a small amount of natural sphagnum moss to cover the exposed dirt. To make the moss flexible, soak it in water. Water should be squeezed out and little amounts placed among the plants.

Close Planting Succulent Arrangements

I chose no aeonium or graptopetalum on purpose for this arrangement. These succulents can undoubtedly be close-planted. However, I want to savor this dense arrangement of succulents for a very long time. Aeonium and graptopetalum both produce long stems that have rosettes at the ends. Fast becoming too tall for such a low arrangement, this kind of succulent. They would probably outgrow this arrangement sooner.

Here, I anticipate that the Sedum rubrotinctum will soon overflow the planter’s side. It is a beautiful variety that trails. The height of Crassula perforata will increase. The Portulacaria probably will branch out a little more and get a little taller. Around it, the Echeveria and Crassula platyphylla will enlarge slightly. Overall, I might want to clip the tall growers a little bit, but it will flourish for well over a year!

The Sedum will eventually pour over the sides of the planter, making them more difficult to see. I should have included an additional Portulacaria sprig. More moss could have been a good idea to add.

This succulent arrangement has the equivalent of six close-planted 4-inch potted plants. The planter’s opening is 5.5 inches wide from corner to corner at its widest point. 5 in all directions. These plants won’t just grow this way; they’ll thrive! Such dense clusters of succulents are really beautiful.

Caring for Close Planted Succulent Arrangement

For a few days, I won’t water this succulent arrangement that is closely spaced. That will give any fractured or battered roots time to mend.

This inexpensive squeeze bottle may be my most important succulent gadget! In a planter full of succulents like this one, I can direct the water where I need it thanks to the long neck and thin nozzle. Water your plants carefully at the soil line to prevent water from accumulating in the crowns of your plants. Always water deeply, but only after the soil has dried out.

The most crucial aspect of choosing a succulent for a planter is to ensure that each plant receives an equal amount of sunlight. Return this planter to the same lighting that kept the individual plants in this planter happy and healthy while you wait to water. As it receives more sunlight and warm summer temperatures, this arrangement will eventually acquire considerably more stress coloring.

You have it now! For a time now, I have been promising to write this post. I hope that was useful to you! We’re learning together, so feel free to ask any questions you may have! Please remark, and I’ll get back to you right away!

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