Last weekend we hosted our first-ever Succulent Container workshop. It was a blast. Everyone left with a succulent container to enjoy indoors for now. Some plan to transition their arrangements outdoors this spring.

Tonkadale Greenhouse spring 2016 succulent workshopAt Tonkadale, we heart succulents. We have a local grower who propagates countless (too many to name) varieties for us. With each delivery comes a new introduction.

As you may already know, succulents are super trendy right now. They can be spotted in home decorating magazines, all over Instagram, and in wedding bouquets and in the landscape. Here’s the thing about succulents: they are super approachable, easy to combine and easy to take care of with a few simple guidelines.

Light

Succulents prefer bright light indoors and full sun outdoors. Watch the leaves for indications that the light level is correct. Some species will scorch if suddenly exposed to too much light. The leaves will turn copper-colored or white as they become scorched or bleached out.

Temperature

Succulents are much more cold tolerant that most people assume. In their native environments, succulents experience hot days and colder nights. Most can tolerate temperatures down as low as 40 degrees F. Ideal temperatures range from 70-80 degrees F during the day and 50 degrees F at night.

Water

Succulents like to be kept dry, dry, dry. An overwatered plant will wither and rot away. An under-watered plant’s leaves will stop looking so plump, become pale, stop growing and begin to shed leaves.

Potting soil

Succulents should be planted in a well-drained potting soil. It’s probably best to use a succulent or cactus mix. These blends have more bark as an ingredient, which allows the soil to drain and dry out more quickly. 

Fertilizer

Fertilize your succulents just like you would any other house plant during active growth stages. Think spring and summer. Cut back in the fall and winter months and maybe only give a shot of ½ strength fertilizer once per month or so.

Tonkadale Greenhouse spring 2016 succulent workshopsOkay, so now that we have gotten all of the technical details out of the way, let’s go out and have some fun! Mix and match colors, leaf textures and shapes. Add rocks, stones and sand to cover the soil and add interest.

Stop in and take a look. We have a whole manual that divides the succulents up by family and even gives the names. How would you like to take home an Echiveria named Fang or a Kalanchoe named Flapjacks?! How about a jade plant named Hobbit Toes or and Sedum called Burrow’s tail?!