Succulents are a type of plant I can actually grow easily... I was not born with the gift of gardening nor the memory to maintain the daily watering and caretaking required for most plants. It's a skill I hope to cultivate in the next few years, but until then I am grateful for these hardy little buggers that thrive under my laissez-faire approach!
California is technically a desert, so these little guys grow all over the place in my hometown. I fell in love with a sprawling bunch along my seaside walk earlier this month and decided to take a little cutting home with me. This lovely succulent sat in water for the afternoon chilling while I pulled out a neglected pot and gathered some stones and dirt from my yard. Potting and propagating him turned out to be as easy as it gets! Couldn't not share this on Mefleur because, well, I have to assume there are others out there that struggle with keeping plants alive. Anyone? I hope I'm not the only one that has to rely mostly on hardy succulents to add green to their home!
+ 1 Healthy Native Succulent Cutting
+ 1 Unused Pot
+ Rich Brown Dirt, the rich color demonstrates it has the nutrients needed to support a plant
+ 4-10 Small Pebbles or Stones, depending on your pot size
1. Start by filling 1/4 or less of your pot with the small pebbles or stones. You want to create a layer on the bottom of the pot so that when you water the plant he is not sitting in the water. You're creating your own drainage!
2. Add the dirt so that the pot is halfway filled.
3. Gently create a slight hole/tunnel in the dirt with your finger, making sure you don't reveal the pebble layer.
4. Place the succulent cutting in the narrow hole and then add more dirt—just enough to fill in the hole and cover the root. Make sure the plant is stable.
5. Finish the potting by lightly watering and placing your new friend in a sunny corner of your home.
6. Water 1x a week or when you remember... ;)
I potted my little guy a few weeks ago and he is already sending roots deeper and sprouting new leaves. It makes my heart full to see life growing in my home. I hope you get to give this little DIY potting experiment a go. Try to make it a goal to use local native cuttings, then come back and share with me what you found! I hope your home is quickly and easily filled with little green friends. Happy foraging!
À votre santé!