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Vintage Meets Modern | Succulent Container Gardening

4.16.2012

Hello again from the ladies of Geranium Lake! We're always looking for a way to “up-cycle” something… here we have taken miscellaneous, vintage containers and created mini gardens. Succulents are one of our favorite things to grow because they are so simple, but we also planted some lettuce just to be extra unique.


You can purchase succulents at any nursery and planting them is simple. Here’s a little “succulent 411”: A “Succulent” is actually any plant with thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots so they are relatively hardy. They love plenty of light, but can survive in colder temperatures too {as low at 40 degrees}. Succulents don’t have deep root systems so they are perfectly suited for petite containers. They will need to be planted fairly shallowly in fast-draining soil that's designed for cacti and succulents. Use this potting soil to fill your container and then dig a shallow hole for your succulent. Voila! You’re done.

During these winter months, when the plants go dormant, you can cut watering back to once every other month to avoid overwatering. In the summer, succulents should be watered generously. The potting mix should be allowed to dry between waterings, but do not underwater. Get creative! Try planting other herbs, lettuce, kales, or flowers in vintage containers.

photos © erica ann photography

katie b –  (April 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM)  

what a clever idea!

Lissa (Bellenza) (April 17, 2012 at 3:58 AM)  

Those glazed containers are so charming...and love the shell-shaped ones!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife (April 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM)  

how cute and fun. I just love succulents.

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