Make a drought-proof gift for mom
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.
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