Growing. Mini Planters by Maria Colletti Horticulturist and Author

Hello!  I have fallen in love! 

I have received wonderful organic concrete containers that fit in the palm of my hand.They are smooth to the touch in pleasing colors that soothe the soul and sturdy enough to stand up to all sort of soil and plants.  Love?  YES!

 Living Décor’s curated mini planters in natural grays, charcoals and pastels play easily into our spaces.  While we spend more time indoors either in winter or while working from home, we can make room on shelves and windowsills to accommodate new plants. Mine are sitting on my home office windowsill.

Redecorating our spaces to ensure our new green plants have prime access to natural light can be invigorating in a positive way.  Our mood will transform from the nearness of greenery.

 Choosing the idyllic plant to complement the architectural geometrics of the pot is part of the fun. 

This is indoor gardening!  This is living art!

 When I go plant shopping, I get so excited walking through the marketplace. Make sure to examine the leaf color or veins that run through the plant. What is the pattern of growth? Is it a round rosette?  Does it rise up to the sky or fall over and trail below the pot.

 The ultimate question to answer is, “Does it speak to your soul?”

 One of those plants that speaks to me is Haworthia attenuate or Queen Haworthia, as I like to refer to this absolutely brilliant plant.  Haworthia grows her arms upward like a crown.  Haworthia is one of those succulents which survive without much fuss or care.  She appears stately in structure, strong and resilient. This species is loved for its white stripes and vitality. 

 Another exquisite specimen is Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy.  I adore this plant! Topsy Turvy has a pale blue-green rosette with luscious succulent leaves that curl inward at the end. I knew this plant would do justice to the geometric mint green diamond concrete planter.  While I stare at it, my lips begin to curl into a smile.  Oh, the rush of botanical endorphins!

 It is also masterful to bunch different succulents together in one pot, such as, Crassula Jade, Echeveria ‘Chroma’, or Echeveria agavoide that has red tips and a tight growth center.  These selections can be 2 inch pots or a random collection of succulent cuttings can be purchased online.

 Planting tips:

1. If you cannot plant succulent cuttings immediately, mist the root tip to revive and provide moisture. 

2. Before planting small 2" plants with root ball; sit root ball in ¼” of water for 1 minute. After planting is complete; do not water again for 7-10 days. 

3. Ready to plant, spoon cactus soil into pot, moisten the soil with a mister spray. 

4. Poke a hole into soil with a chopstick, knife or stick, and then one by one add a succulent cutting into the pot until satisfied the arrangement is full. 

5. After succulents are planted, top off soil, then add stones for decoration. 

Done!

 

Succulent suggestions based on the diversity of US coastal climates:

Northeast Succulent Collection

Haworthia

Crassula - Jade

Gasteria

Kalanchoe

Sansevieria - Snake

Sedum

West Coast Succulent Collection

Aeonium

Aloe or Agave

Echeveria

Euphorbia

Graptopetalum

Cactus

 

I am Maria Colletti -Horticulturist, author of Terrariums and Living Decor, traveling workshop instructor, avid forest hiker and moss aficionado and houseplant geek.  Let me be your voice.

 

 

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