Succulents, arguably the easiest plants to keep alive in Los Angeles, provide spaces with such texture and personality. Anywhere you turn in our home, there is sure to be a succulent to greet you. And I’m a big fan of turning old ceramic bowls and ramekins into planters. This last weekend, I was gifted a bowl from an amazing ceramicist family friend and six wonderful succulents. Here are five EASY steps to turn such a ceramic into a succulent container garden.
Small Rocks | because these ceramics weren’t intended to be planters and do not have a drainage hole, I fill about half an inch of the bottom of the bowl with small rocks to provide drainage as the roots of succulents like to be as wet as a well rung-out damp cloth. I’ll find these rocks anywhere. In the driveway of a neighbor’s house for example. Shhhh.
Succulent soil | place about half an inch of succulent soil over the rocks.
Plant | arrange your succulents to sit in the bowl where you like.
Rocks | use a few more rocks on top to secure the roots and fill in any visible soil between each succulent.
Water | lightly water to secure the roots.