Succulent Gardens - A Fun & Easy Activity for Littles!
Succulents are fun and easy to grow, and that makes then great for littles. You can easily manage a garden of multiple succulents with little effort. Since they come from deserts and other hot, dry climates, all they need to be happy is a sunny spot by the window and water once a week.
And you can’t tell me they’re not absolutely adorable. Just look at these cuties.
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How do I start a succulent garden?
You will need the following things to start your garden.
Once you have all the things you need, you’re ready to start your own little garden! To begin, make sure your flower pot has a draining hole and a saucer to catch the water. If it doesn’t have a hole, you’ll need to drill one, because succulents don’t like standing water. If you don’t want to drill a hole, you can put a layer of small rocks or gravel at the bottom to help the water drain away from the succulent’s roots.
Next, fill your pot with succulent potting soil. Regular potting soil doesn’t drain as well, so make sure you’re using succulent potting soil. Make sure you leave about an inch of room at the top. After the pot is filled with soil, you want to cover the soil with small rocks or gravel. This will protect your succulents from excess moisture that can cause rot.
Your little garden is all set up! Now all you have to do is place your new friends in front of a nice, sunny window. During the summer, you’ll want to be careful that your succulents don’t get sunburnt.
You’ll want to give them a bit of succulent fertilizer once a month. (Make sure you read the instructions on the bottle of fertilizer to ensure proper usage.)
If you prefer, you can also buy one big pot and grow your succulents together to make a collage! :D
How often do I need to water?
Succulents don’t need to be watered very often, but make sure you soak the soil each time you do. Water your succulents whenever the soil is dry. Check on them weekly, and if the soil is wet, check again in a few days. Once the soil is completely dry, you’ll know it’s time for watering.
You can tell that your succulents are thirsty if the leaves start to pucker. If the leaves start to look translucent and soggy, you’re giving them too much water.
If you have a pot with a drainage hole, make sure you have a saucer underneath to catch the water. Empty the saucer every time you water. Remember, your succulents don’t like standing water!
There are so many kinds! Which one should I buy?
Whichever kind catches your eye :) They’re all wonderful little companions. My personal favorite (which I have grown myself!) is the Moon Cactus. They come in several bright, pretty colors, including red, yellow, and pink.
Another pretty one is the Desert Rose. It’s as gorgeous as the name sounds, and comes in a lot of colors. It’s like a rose-cactus hybrid- pretty like a rose, and easy to care for like a cactus :)
Do you have any other tips?
Yup! Here are a few tips that may come in handy.
🌵 Clear out dead plant material from the pot. Dead leaves could cause your cactus to rot, or be a point of attraction for bugs. (Bugs are more of a threat if you’re raising your succulents outdoors.)
🌵 If you do decide to make your garden an outdoor one, bring your little guys inside as soon as it starts getting cold. Succulents may be hardy, but they’re definetly not resistant to cold.
🌵 If you encounter bugs on your succulents, don’t spray them with insecticide. Most succulents don’t like that. First, try removing the bugs using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, I would take a picture of the bugs and go to a local Home Depot for advice.
🌵 If you’re going to use a terrarium, choose one that’s not very deep, and has holes that allow the water to evaporate. You’ll have a lot of problems if you don’t pick a suitable terrarium. I’ve linked to some suitable terrariums in the next section.
I want some cute planters for my succulents!
My favorite part of succulent gardens is they stay in their pots permanently, unlike regular plants, so cute pots are a must!
🌵 Giraffe Resin Pot $11.59
🌵 Doggy Resin Pot $9.99
🌵 Panda Resin Pot $7.99
🌵 Corgi Resin Pot $8.58
🌵 Long Ceramic Planter $14.95
🌵 Pink Whale Resin Pot $10.99
🌵 Bulbasaur Ceramic Pot $16.55
🌵 Hippo Resin Pot $10.99
🌵 Hanging Ceramic Pot $14.50
…And that’s about it! Have fun gardening, cuties :)