Make a drought-proof gift for mom

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ARE YOU look­ing for a unique Mother’s Day gift for a gar­den­ing mom? Con­sider a col­lec­tion of small suc­cu­lents.

You will need: a larger con­tainer or sev­eral smaller ones; com­mer­cial suc­cu­lent mix; fine gravel/small peb­bles; and a va­ri­ety of suc­cu­lents

Con­tainer ideas: a stone or ce­ment trough; hol­lowed-out logs or stones; an old teapot; tin cans in dif­fer­ent sizes; metal mugs; or an old square cake tin.

Choose small suc­cu­lents like desert roses ( Echev­e­ria), jade plants ( Cras­sula ovata), stonecrops ( Se­dum spp) pin­wheels ( Aeo­nium spp) and cacti.

Use a com­mer­cial pot­ting mix for suc­cu­lents be­cause it drains quickly and is not too rich. Good drainage (with drainage holes) is es­sen­tial to pre­vent rot­ting.

Plan your con­tainer de­sign. Place taller plants at the back or to the side of the con­tainer.

You can also plant smaller con­tain­ers and dis­play them as a col­lec­tion. Use con­tain­ers in sim­i­lar colours or themes to link the dis­play.

To re­move the plant from its con­tainer, sup­port the base of the plant with your fin­gers, hold the pot up­side-down, then squeeze or tap the pot and the plant will slide out. Wa­ter af­ter plant­ing, or if you need to trans­port the gift, re­mind mom to wa­ter it. Small peb­bles placed around the base of plants look at­trac­tive and help sup­press weeds. De­pend­ing on the size, con­sider drift­wood or shells for added in­ter­est.

for plant­ing along the edges,

Sem­per­vivum spp

A col­lec­tion of suc­cu­lents makes a pretty gift for mom. PIC: LUKAS OTTO

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