In my book review of Debra Lee Baldwin’s Succulents Simplified, I mentioned how I was inspired by the creativity and simplicity of her DIY tutorials on creating a beautiful succulents arrangement. It surprised me how very easy it was that anyone (even those without a green thumb like yours truly!) can do it!
Now in case you your copy of her book in on the way and you are excited to get started, here’s is my own photo-tutorial on how I created my little oasis of Cactus, Echeverias, Aloe, and Aeoniums into one simple terracota pot.
- Various succulents and cacti plants you can get in the nursery, Home Depot, Orchards, or even a friend who grows them!
- Smooth Stones used for gardening
- Cactus Mix potting soil
- Hand Trowel
- 1 piece of Coffee Filter
First Step: Select Your Succulents! Contrary to normal assumptions, succulents come in varied colors! I chose a green aloe, yellow Echeverias, a colored Cacti of Pink and Purple, and light green Aeoniums with my arrangement. I bought a small bag of smooth gardening stones (you can use decorative glass stones or marbles too!). And I got a medium size terracota pot with approximately 4 inches of depth.
Second Step: Place the coffee filter over the hole of the terracota pot. This prevents soil from going through the hole, but it does not prevent water from seeping through.
Step Three: Fill half the pot with the organic cactus mix. This special mix has grounded gravel, which makes it easy for the plant to drain out the water. This is helpful because it helps prevent root rot, which is common among succulents when one over-waters them.
Step Four: Begin arranging small pieces of the succulents onto the pot. Fill up the empty spaces with soil.
Step Five: After filing in the pot with succulents, fill the empty spaces where soil is exposed with the gardening or decorative. This stones. This also helps drain out the water and it adds a finishing touch to your arrangement!
And voila! You have created your very own succulent arrangement!
I enjoyed doing this so much that I decided to make an identical one with the colored purple cactus. This one will be for my daughter, who loves that hue!