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How to Make a Miniature Succulent Garden

In this tutorial we'll show you how to create a miniature garden in a pot. We're sure that this wonderful DIY mini garden will become a perfect element of your interior design!

We’ll need:

  • a large terracotta pot with a tray;
  • white acrylic paint;
  • a brush;
  • a small cup;
  • potting soil;
  • gravel;
  • shells;
  • succulents.

Let’s decorate the pot first. Start with the tray. Paint across the edge with a brush.

Try to make a spilled out paint effect. You can pour the paint into a wide bowl and dip the tray edges.

Turn it over. Define the edge. We have got a beautiful combination of the terracotta and white.

Now take the pot and try another method.

We’ll need a small cup. Take some paint. Pour it onto the pot.

As the paint is thick enough finish decorating with a brush. Form a line around the bottom.

Pour some more paint. Use the brush to distribute it over the surface.

Add more paint from the cup. If you don’t like the pattern just wash it out under the running water using a sponge.

We’ve got such an interesting pattern. Let it dry.

Start with mini garden. We’ll need potting soil, gravel, shells and succulents.

In this pot there are echeveria and crassula also known under such funny names as Lizard's Tail, Zipper Plant and Princess Pine.

There is quite a popular plant often named “florist” or “Christmas kalanchoe”, and even strangely “Madagascar widow's-thrill”.

There is another species of echeveria.

It is one more crassula, commonly known as friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree.

This plant is often called cathedral bells, life plant, miracle leaf, and Goethe plant.

The hole in the pot is quite large. To avoid the soil washing out, cover the hole with a shell. You can use claydite or big pebbles.

Pour in soil. By the way, the clay pot we’re using is ideal for the succulents which don’t bear the excess moistness. Due to the porous clay there is oxygen exchanged, so we can say that the pot is breathable.

Loosen the soil with your hands to remove lumps.

Place the succulents. Money tree comes first.

Don’t put the plant out of the small container. Firstly, it will protect the plant from the root conflict with other succulents. And secondly, it will grow slowly and stay the same size.

Now set echeveria and crassula. Pour in some more soil.

Plant Christmas kalanchoe and cathedral bells. Add soil.

This echeveria was cut out of the seedling, but you can plant it here, it will take roots quickly.

Distribute the plants in the pot adding soil. Fill all the spaces between the plants to hold well. The most important thing about succulents is maximum light and limited watering. In winter set them in the coolest place of the house and stop watering until spring. When it gets warm, place the plants to the sunlight to wake them up.

Brush the soil off the leaves. There is a tip: if you water succulents rarely they won’t rot but just stay the same size.

The mini garden will look neat if the dirt no longer shows through. We use small gravel for aquarium soil to cover the surface. You can buy it in a special shop.

Add some sea ​​pebbles and shells, and small stones. 

You can also use moss, pieces of tree bark, glass pebbles, white sand. Keep in mind that succulents don’t bear too moist and insufficient air exchanged soil. As stones, moss and bark keep the wet longer you should water the plants more seldom.

We hope this wonderful mini garden will become a perfect element of your interior design.

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