Create and Grow Succulent Arrangements

Create and Grow Succulent Arrangements

Succulent arrangements are a wonderful addition to any home or outside patio area. The upkeep with arrangements is minimal if the proper amount of sunlight and water is given to the plant. Most succulent arrangements do not require extensive care and last a long time. Building and maintaining an arrangement only takes a few steps to bring enjoyment for months and even years!

What you need to know before making your succulent arrangements

Height

Grouping different sizes of succulents help to create the wow factor with the arrangement. 

Small, medium and tall succulents are needed to build a beautiful arrangement. Succulent cuttings help add filler where necessary.

The overall build of the arrangement is determined by the size of the pot used. If using a larger pot, it may be essential to have full succulents, whereas a smaller potter would use more smaller cuttings.

Color

Color is the attraction to bring in the warmth of the arrangement. Sticking to the rule of three will help build out a perfect succulent arrangement. The three main color combinations will keep the succulent pot as a mainstay in or outside your home. 

  • Monochromatic – the same colors but with different shades. 
  • Analogous – use a color wheel to put colors next to each other together in a succulent pot. An example is yellow with orange. 
  • Complementary - opposite colors on the color wheel. An example is red with green.

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Pot Size

The size of the pot will help determine the overall build of the arrangement. Using a larger pot will require more plants and fewer cuttings. Look at the following full plants to build out or trim for smaller arrangements. 

Types of Succulents

The arrangement is best to have similar succulent needs within one pot, if combining unique need succulents, it may hurt the longevity of the plant. Multiple colors of each are available for use throughout all the seasons each year. The following plants are popular succulents for usage in a variety of arrangements due to the variety of colors and simplistic care: 

  • Echeveria – a variety of colors exist for this plant. Look to use the dark vibrant colors of  E. Dark Ice or the bright and vivid colors of E. Mebina.
  • Sempervivum – low-growing evergreen plants, great to use as a complement to your arrangements.  
  • String of Pearls  - the added "wow" factor to any arrangement, use these to trail the plant or add around the succulent pot.  
  • Crassula and Jade – a sunlight necessary plant that is perfect for an outdoor arrangement. The colors red, yellow, and orange will complement green. 
  • Sedum or Stonecrop – hearty plants that offer soft green and red colors. 

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How to make a beautiful arrangement

1.1. Supplies prepare

Pot, Small Succulent cuttings, Succulent Plants, Scissors, Varieties of Top dressingSucculent Soil

1.2. Organize and planting

Fill the pot ¾ with soil, then arrange the succulents. One useful tip is adding soil and pushing soil under the roots of succulents during this process. This would make the succulents show up outside the container and make the whole piece look full and beautiful! Design the area for top dressing if you prefer this type of arrangement. 

1.3. Water and Sunlight

Lightly water the recently planted arrangement to ensure the root systems take hold of the new soil. Put the arrangement in indirect sunlight to start and then depending on the plant types, you can gradually introduce more sun to them. 

1.4. Enjoy!

Put the new arrangement on display inside or outside of the home and enjoy. Arrangements require minimal upkeep and care.  

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How to care for succulent arrangements

Mealy Bug Removal

Mearly bugs like humid and warm environment especially in the gaps between succulents. If you find mealy bugs on succulents, alcohol spray and neem oil do work for small area of infection. However, it is recommended to remove all succulents out from the container and do emergency treatment before planting them again. 

Repotting

Succulents will outgrow their current pot. And some rot or infected succulents need to be removed out and replaced. Repotting is helpful to ensure the arrangement stays healthy throughout the variety of changes in weather and plant growth.  

Exposure – sunlight and watering

Watering and sunlight help keep the succulents vibrant and alive; however, too much of either could be a detriment to the livelihood of the plant. Understanding the succulent type helps make sure the right amount of watering and sunlight is given. Making an arrangement of similar plant requirements will help keep the plant alive longer.

Mixing plants with different requirements will ultimately lead to the plant dying off sooner than expected. The difference between soft and hardy succulents is helpful to keep in mind while building an arrangement. 

In closing, DIY succulent arrangement is a fun and simple task. Once finished, the upkeep and care of the arrangement are minimal but enjoyable for a long time. 

Arrangements may be a fun family activity and will spruce up any indoor or outdoor living area.  

 

Click here to learn more about How to Get Rid of the Mealy Bug

Click here to learn more about why and how to repot succulents

Click here to learn more about the sunlight for succulents.

Click here to learn more about How Top Dressings Benefit Succulents.

 

1 comment
  • Very good and helpful! by any chance could you advise what size pots were used for each of the arrangements?

    Tony on

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