Succulent Update

Last month I brought a few succulents home.  I had big plans to put them in a vase of pebbles until I visited the garden store and they said that would surely kill the plants.  I decided to keep them in their pots and surround them with sand here. The only problem was that one of the pots was too big for the vase and I had to take the plant out of the pot.

I wasn’t sure if the plants would live.  I’ve always killed succulents in the past. I’m  happy to say they have survived and are doing very well!

I’ve been watering them about a quarter cup split between the two plants each week.  And I moved them to the bay window where they get the most sun. You can probably tell from the picture that one of them is looking much prettier than the other.

The one that is still in it’s original pot is happy, healthy, and trying to dig into the sand to find additional water.

The other guy is happy, healthy, and kinda yucky looking.  By taking him out of the original pot the soil turned the sand yellow.

And it looks like some sort of mold has decided to join the party.

This was not the look I was going for.

I still have a lot of sand leftover so I’m on the lookout for a larger glass vase that I can use and will start this experiment over.  I’m happy this hasn’t been a complete failure.  After all, the plants are still alive.  If I can keep them healthy for a few more months I might purchase some more succulents. The nursery has so many fun options.

2 thoughts on “Succulent Update

  1. Debra Lee Baldwin says:

    Hi, Ellen — The secret of planting succulents in glass containers is to remove the plant from its original container, then put it in a “sleeve”—a nondraining, smaller container such as a plastic water bottle cut in half (use the lower part). Keep the original potting soil or amend it with a lightweight mix such as Cactus Mix, sold at any nursery. Put this container in the clean, empty glass one, and conceal the sleeve with sand.

    Water the plant infrequently and lightly, one ounce every two weeks, dribbled at the base of the plant so the surrounding sand doesn’t get wet. The problem with yours is that sunlight has caused algae to grow in moist sand. Make sure it stays dry. Keep in mind that succulents don’t need much water—especially cactus, so water that one even less.

    The other one is an echeveria, which should do fine growing like this, but it does look a bit starved for light. Or maybe it’s suffering from overwatering—hard to tell. Give the containers bright light but not direct sunlight. A windowsill, covered patio or even a table near a sunny window is fine.

    These make great centerpieces because no moisture will condense beneath the container, so even a polished wood tabletop won’t get damp. — Debra Lee Baldwin, author, Succulent Container Gardens

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    • designing main street says:

      Thanks for the advice Debra! I did move them to our screened in patio because I thought they could use less water and more light. I fear I might be too late with the echeveria because it has taken a turn for the worst this week. I will dump out the container and put it in a new pot as you suggested! Thanks again!

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