I was totally stumped on what to get my mom for mother’s day until I was browsing a flower website and I saw a cute succulent garden. But at $80? No thanks… I realized I could probably make my own for cheaper. Armed a few basic facts about what succulents need to survive I headed to the garden center and gathered my supplies:
a glass bowl
Cactus potting mix
small decorative rocks
Succulents don’t need a lot of water or a lot of space, so I went with a shallow glass bowl so the plants could stand above the rim.
First, I put a layer of gravel on the bottom of the bowl. This helps with drainage, since succulents don’t like a lot of water around their roots.
Then, I added the potting mix. This was trial and error until I got the level high enough to cover the roots once I placed the plants in.
Next, I added the plants.
And finally, I topped the dirt with decorative gravel.
The whole project took less than 10 minutes and my mom now has a pretty decorative centerpiece that takes minimal maintenance. She’ll only have to water it about once a month when the soil is completely dry.