Somewhere on Instagram I saw this cute idea. I shared it with my lovely mother, and on her next visit down, she brought a collection of empty milk glass containers for me to fill! (She's so thoughtful!)
Although I have a self-proclaimed "black thumb", after diligent internet research, I discovered that not only are succulents structurally beautiful, they are resilient little creatures. I found these guys in the Lowe's garden department and at our local garden center, the Barn Nursery. You can also stock up on some really interesting varieties at Mountain Crest Gardens. Using some pretty aquatic rocks (for use in a fish tank), I created a finished look. It took less than an hour to plant all of these suckers!
In deciding how to arrange the succulents, I tried to pair them based on similar shape (see below). I matched the patterns of the white milk glass with the shape of the succulent.
They provide cheerful accents around the house -- I even took some to my office -- and I barely have to remember to water them! But do care for them some or they will end up looking like this:
- I used a small bucket to mix one parts sand and two parts potting soil together. You can also follow instructions here.
- I then created a thin layer of gravel and a thin layer of the sand/potting soil mix on the bottom of the milk glass planter.
- When you transplant the succulents, squish the sides of the plastic container gently until the succulent plant comes loose.
- Pull apart any roots that are growing sideways and redirect them downward.
- Fill the sand/potting soil mix around the plant until it is firmly situated in the planter and then sprinkle aquatic gravel on top to make it look pretty!
- Do not water immediately after transplanting! Let the plants sit over night as they get used to the new environment. The next day, you can water them sparingly.
- You will have to replant them probably once a year in larger containers as they outgrow the old ones.
- Succulents -- $32
- Milk glass -- FREE courtesy of mom! But you can go to any thrift store and pick up loads of it for $1-$5/piece.
- Aquarium gravel -- $3.98
- MiracleGro Moisture Control potting soil 8qt. (you will have lots leftover!) -- $12.19
- Sand -- $2.00