26 January 2013

Terracotta Pots and Succulents

So, by now we all know I am a bit crazy over plants-in fact I just fertilized all my indoor plants and trimmed their leaves.  I think they have become my  children!!  Well, I guess that is just the way it is-so there is a new kid on the block and that is the Succulent!



Tip 1:  Succulents prefer bright light-Southern Exposure


I ventured over to my gardening center to pick out 3 pots-
I found 3 simple pots and brought them home
Tip 2:  Succulents prefer daytime temperatures between 70-85 and nighttime 50-55

They sat in this windowsill for a day or two, while I mulled over what exactly look I was going for.


Tip 3:  Succulents should never be allowed to sit in water. Indications of over watering are soft and discolored leaves. 

I felt white would really be a great way to compliment the green, gray and lavender hues of the succulents, so I got out one of my many cans of white spray paint...
Tip 4: Succulents that are under watered will stop growing and may have spots on their leaves and shed them. 

After the pots had dried, I took my painted pots outside and added soil and Spanish moss-

Tip 5:  Succulents should be planted in a fast draining mixture of soil.  Perlite is recommended, I did not have any so I am using Spanish moss-

I gently tucked each succulent into the prepared soil and pot and sat them on the wrought iron table outside.
Tip 6:  Fertilize as you would any plant during the Summer months, during the winter months do not fertilize.

I am not so sure I want to leave them outside, so I brought them inside and placed them on my grey desk.


Names of these Succulents: The two on each end are Echeveria 'Perle Von Nurnberg' Middle one Echeveria 'Neon Breakers'

I am still undecided so I moved them to my gold Tea Cart.

What do you think?


Elizabeth and Company





Jemma@athomewithjemma
Jemma@athomewithjemma

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

22 comments:

  1. Hi Jemma....Many succulents are quite pretty, including yours! Susan

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  2. Hello Jemma, I like the succulents on your desk (: the grey & white look nice together. XOXO

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  3. I have not had a great deal of success with my succulents...probably because I was treating and planting them like houseplants. Thank you for these helpful tips! Happy to be your newest follower via GFC and looking forward to more!

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    1. Let's keep our fingers crossed and it is great to meet you!

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  4. Love the painted pots, so much more elegant. I too love plants and fresh flowers. Diane

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    1. Thank you and we share this love of growing things!

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  5. Hello Jemma,
    thank you for your comment and following.
    Greetings... Dorothea

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    1. Thank you Dorothea-looking forward to your posts!

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  6. I just LOVE succulents! I do not have enough of them, but I do have about 10 pots of different ones lined up by my front sidewalk. I think they are SO pretty!

    LaTeaDah
    Gracious Hospitality

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    1. Any tips on growing them or your favorites?!

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  7. I love them, too. Thanks for all the hints on their care.
    I think I love them best on the tea cart, which is quite pretty!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  8. I love succulents and these are so pretty! I also like how you sprayed the pots. I like them on your desk! Thanks for visiting me and following and I'm so happy to be following you back!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  9. Hi Jemma,
    I once saw a gorgeous arrangement of succulents as a centerpiece on a large dining table and have desired one ever since. I never attempted putting one together because I know nothing of succulents. Great post --- I think I might make an attempt.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Missy M

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  10. I love all kinds of house plants, including succulents. Mine did best outdoors last summer, but now that they're inside, some are doing well and others look pretty sad. So, who knows. Yours are beautiful! It's hard to tell where they look best. I'm thinking the gray desk, but do you ever actually use the desk?

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  11. Hmmm, the tea cart is my vote. I love succulents. I have a hanging basket filled with a variety of different kinds. My mother bought it for me last Easter. Haven't killed it yet :)

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  12. I love your new plants! I would love to have you help kick off my new Creative HomeAcre Hop today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

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    1. Lisa,
      I would love to join your Hop today! Linking up now-thank you for the invite!!

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  13. I love succulents also! They look so pretty in the white pots. Thanks for all the tips! I have such bad luck with plants but I hear that succulents are easy to grow.

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  14. Beautiful succulents! I love the moss in which they're nestled; what a great idea! (I'm visiting today from Elizabeth & Co.'s Garden Party.)

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  15. I'm a big fan of succulents too! Thanks for the growing tips! And I love the white pots too!

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