Wednesday, 11 December 2013

DIY Succulent Garden

A simple and cheap present for someone or to keep for yourself. Succulents are low maintenance yet look great as a home furnishing. I made one for my friend who is at university to added a little bit of greenery to her little room, and the other is for myself to add a bit of calm in my hectic bedroom.

I bought these small succulents from Dobbies for £1.49, but you can get them from most garden centres. I tried to stick to a colour scheme just to make the overall look more pleasing but choose whatever ones you prefer! 

You'll need a dish or pot to plant the succulents in. Mine are from Tiger (Red) and a vintage sugar pot. I recommend choosing one that is at least 4cm tall, or else there isn't enough room for the roots. 

You can find compost at garden centres although you'll probably have some lying around, basic compost is fine. Special cacti compost can be used but I find that there's no difference except the price! 

The yellow stones are from Ikea and are for covering the soil, because visible soil looks and can be messy. 

Line the bottom of the pot with soil and place the succulent (including the soil it came with) in the middle. Top up with soil up to about a centimetre from the rim. Make sure to lightly water the plant but not too much because there are no drainage holes and too much water can kill the plant, which wouldn't be the best.  

After the soil add the stones, covering all the soil. The rocks also add a pop of colour. I toyed with the idea of adding little flags or figurines but decided to keep it super simple and streamlined. If you want to add more pizzazz I'd recommend using cake decorations or small toys, I think tiny dinosaurs would look really good!

So there you have it, a simple yet stylish plant for your home. As I mentioned before I'm giving one of these to a friend for Christmas and I plan to make more of these as gifts in the future, who wouldn't want a cute plant? 


  1. That's a great present, my parents use to buy me cacti at Christmas for the same reason!

  2. I think so to! I wasn't quite brave enough to handle cacti though!