I don’t have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination. I tried to grow blackberries two years ago and they died within a week. Blackberries. They grow like weeds in the wild without any human intervention. Basically, it’s harder to kill a blackberry bush than it is to grow one. Yeah.
After that little mishap, I tried to grow herbs indoors. I watered them religiously, determined to raise healthy and happy plants. Within two weeks, they were being completely devoured by swarms of tiny unidentified white insects that appeared out of nowhere. If you have any guesses about what those creatures might have been, please let me know in the comments section as I still have no clue (even after hours of Googling).
After THAT, I gave up. It had been more than a year since I tried to grow something. Dave and I have always wanted plants in the house, so being the official horticultural grim reaper of Kentucky was a tough pill to swallow. I had all but committed to never attempt planting again when I laid eyes on the little beauties known as succulents.
They’re absolutely trending right now, but that isn’t exactly what drew me in. Succulents are the felines of the plant world. They require very little maintenance, they’re extremely resilient, and they’re SO pretty. I read up on succulent care, and the main points seemed to be: water them correctly and make sure they’re getting a decent amount of daily light. There’s quite a bit of wiggle room there — just what I need!
Armed with newfound plant-growing courage, I went to Lowe’s and adopted a happy little succulent family. I got a few terra cotta pots and drainage plates, and spruced them up with DecoArt Gloss Enamels Paint in White.
I painted the tops of the drainage plates, and only the outside top half of the pots. I love the “dipped” look of the pots, and I really love the uneven hand-painted lines. If you prefer cleaner lines, you can easily tape rings around your pots and peel them away after the paint dries.
I did 9 pots and 9 plates in about an hour. By the time I had painted my last piece, the first ones were dry so I could begin potting. I added a few spoonfuls of Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Soil to each pot, and then moved the plants into the pots, filling the sides with soil as needed. I tried to leave the soil loose because succulents can drown if they’re packed in tightly with no room to drain, which is also why more rocky/sandy (cactus-specific) soil is best. If you only have regular potting soil on hand, all you need to do is mix in some small pebbles or sand and it will work fine.
There are so many beautiful ways you can decorate with these. I decided to create a little set with a stack of magazines, some upside down bowls, mugs, jars and an old candle tin on my favorite chest from Arhaus. I wanted to display the plants on random levels for a casual and organic feel.
Truthfully? They will shine just about anywhere.
Here’s to many happy
days weeks months (knock on wood) with these little guys! If disaster strikes, I shall give up planting for GOOD.
Do you have a green thumb or are you familiar with my lack of gardening success? Are you a succulent fan? I’d love to hear about what you’re growing right now and how you decorate with your greens! Please share in the comments below!