Potting Up: Succulent Dish Garden

Wondering what to get your sweetheart for Valentines Day? These super cute dish gardens are sure to please!

Hello everyone! So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and instead of buying bouquets, I thought making a succulent dish might be a cute gift idea. I have this pinkish planter that I made, and thought that the color and shape would be perfect for a valentine’s succulent dish.

These little succulents were lovingly gifted to me. I think they were purchased at a hardware shop, and were probably not taken the best care of. I could tell that they’ve had some hardships. These plants don’t at all look perfect, but that doesn’t mean I should disregard them. It’s pretty incredible to see all the little sprouts of new growth coming in on some of them.

Getting Dirty

So with this planter, there is no drainage hole. Not to worry though, it’s an easy fix. For the mix, I used a lot of perlite to soil. Like a 3 to 1 ratio. They’re succulents, so they need the soil to be light and airy. Some like to put a small layer of rocks on the bottom of the pot, which is totally fine, but I didn’t do that this time. Instead, I opted to just make the soil very light and to be mindful of watering.

This is a concrete planter, so they tend to soak up some water, which is helpful to prevent over watering. I then fill the planter about halfway with the soil before placing the plants inside. I tried to arrange them in a way that I thought looked best. Once the placement looked just right, I fill up the planter with more soil to cover the roots. Once finished, I brushed off some extra dirt and perlite using a paint brush.

Ta-da! All done! Now time to gift. You can even put a little bow on top or attach a card to it.


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