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● Shal­low pots — we used th­ese lovely over­sized teacups found at Bun­nings ● Cacti and suc­cu­lent mix ● Small peb­bles or stones ● Suc­cu­lents in a va­ri­ety of sizes and shapes

● Trowel and gloves


Be­fore be­gin­ning the plant­ing process, set your suc­cu­lents be­fore you and play with the aes­thet­ics of how they will look in each pot.

We al­lowed for grow­ing room in our largest pot, and de­cided to go with some bal­ance with the taller plants to­wards the back and smaller ones at the front.

How­ever, we also played with hav­ing the desert rose in the cen­tre and sur­rounded with more low-ly­ing plants.

A quick in­ter­net search will bring up a plethora of in­spi­ra­tion.

Fill the base of the pot with some suc­cu­lent mix — about five scoops, depend­ing on the size of your pot.

Ease the desert rose out of its con­tainer and tease most of the dirt out of the roots, be­ing care­ful not to dam­age any of them, then set it in the pot.

Fill the pot with dirt around the desert rose un­til it is about three-quar­ters full, then gen­tly insert the smaller suc­cu­lents around the re­main­der of the pot.

We used burro’s tail, two dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of ha­wor­thia, and ele­phant’s bush.

With some of the suc­cu­lents, the “leaves” may fall off as you plant them.

Ob­vi­ously you want to be care­ful with the more del­i­cate plants, but don’t stress too much as it is quite nor­mal.

The lost leaves and stalks can be treated as cut­tings. Set them on top of a tray of dirt and spray with wa­ter reg­u­larly un­til roots sprout.

Fill the rest of the pot with the Cacti and Suc­cu­lent Mix, press­ing down gen­tly as you go.

Once the pot is full, shake a layer of rocks over the sur­face un­til you can no longer see the soil.

Re­peat the process with the smaller suc­cu­lents.

We used two of the medium-sized plants for th­ese; a lovely green-gray echev­e­ria, and the coral-light fin­ger jade.

Come spring, the suc­cu­lents will grow rather quickly, so we just planted one per smaller teacup — how­ever you can fill them with many smaller plants if you wish.

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