Succulents, cacti and terrariums might not come to mind when thinking about holiday shopping or every day gifts, but with a little designer flair these non-traditional plants and flowers can be transformed into beautiful and unique arrangements without breaking your budget. Materials can vary from soil, sand, pebbles, a range of colorful cacti and succulents, and can be presented in various forms of containers including, pots, coffee cups, vases and bowls. These one of a kind creations are low maintenance, low cost and very easy to make, depending on the size of each floral, your materials can harvest multiple arrangements at once. While these arrangements can retail for up to $200, you can easily make them in the comfort of your own home following these easy steps:
Shopping List! Always plan ahead and avoid extra trips to the store by giving yourself an idea of the quantity and size of the florals you would like to make. I suggest you start with your containers to give yourself a general idea of how much material you will need, you want to avoid having a large container feeling empty or a small container feeling too crowded. You will need:
- Containers in various sizes, materials and colors such as bowls, mugs, vases or mason jars. Don’t be afraid to be bold and creative!
- Fillers such as cacti mix, rocks and pebbles in various colors or mulch. Consider that some of your containers maybe transparent so you want your layers to look cohesive and clean.
- Plants and Flowers preferably in small sizes, but this depends of the size of arrangement you are creative. If you have room to work with, experiment with various types of cacti and succulents to create a rich and vibrant arrangement.
- Knick Knacks (optional) are a great way to give your arrangements a personal touch, you may want to include miniature figurines, animals, sea shells or other special relics.
- Other materials such as protective gloves, diggers, extra containers, cleaning rags, and a straw to create ripples in the sand.
Step 1: Once your container and succulents are selected, start by placing a 2-inch layer of rocks or pebbles on the bottom to allow drainage.
Step 2: Place a layer of cactus mix soil, then remove the plants from the pots and place them in the soil. Once the plants are in place, you may add a layer of sand, or layer with more rocks or pebbles.
Step 3: If the top layer is sand, you may create windswept bluffs and ripples using the straw. You can now place your knick knacks and accents, and voila! You have created a beautiful arrangement in 3 easy steps!
Care and Maintenance: Terrariums require a few hours of sunlight everyday and should be watered every two weeks. Water should be able to freely drain to the bottom, but there should not be more than 1” of water visible in the gravel on the bottom. Avoid overwatering as moisture can easily kill desert plants.