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Room to Grow


Article by Nicolette Martin

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Succulent Guide

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books and pianos—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to kill.

Common Succulents

Zebra Plant

Stemless clustering perennial succulent up to 6 inches tall. Needs plenty of sun or bright light. Use a well-draining cactus potting mix.

Echeveria ‘Lola’

Up to 6 inches tall, it forms a sculpted rosette up to 6 inches in diameter. Good for containers and rock gardens.

White Chenille Plant

Small, shrubby succulent plant up to 12 inches tall. Small rosettes hold thick green leaves densely covered in silvery white hairs.

READ MORE: How to Care for Succulents

Planting Tips

+ Succulents don’t like wet roots, so when choosing a container, make sure that it has adequate draining. If there isn’t a natural draining hole, drill several small holes in the bottom.

+ To ensure your soil drains easily and the plants’ roots aren’t too wet, you can use a special soil mix for succulents or mix potting soil and sand together to make it more porous.

+ Mix and match succulents for an artful display. They don’t mind being close together, and finishing off with aquarium rocks, moss or other decorative material will give it a finished look.

READ MORE: Finding the Right Soil for Succulents

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