I learned from my succulent-topped pumpkin DIY, as well as my succulent-extraordinaire friend Steph, that succulent cuttings are amazing. A succulent cutting is simply a cut of the plant. There are all sorts of ways you can get a cutting to make roots, but I’ve found the easiest is to put them in a pot of soil. In this manner, hardy succulents root quite easily, which means that I can take clippings from my own garden and use them to create brand new plants!
I did this very thing, clipping a few rosettes and leaves and potting them in vases. Because I want these to stay inside, I made sure to layer a good amount of sand and pebbles at the bottom, and then topped that with soil. With proper watering and light, the cuttings begin to take root and turn these pretty displays into living centerpieces.
To create such a lovely piece, all you need is the following:
- Succulent cuttings (or mini succulents if you don’t have large ones to use – you can get your garden going this way!)
- Sand and pebbles for the bottom layers
- A glass container – I used an old candle jar and a vase, and I found that those with an upside-down taper work the best, allowing the “blooms” to overflow at the top
Start with your sand, then a layer of pebbles, then a layer of soil. Stick the cuttings in and press the soil around them nice and tight. You may need to use little rocks to prop them up, but as soon as they begin to root, they’ll stay on their own. Water them regularly at first until the cuttings root well (you can do a gentle tug to see how they’re doing), then water 1 time a week or once the soil is completely dry. Be sure and keep your lovely piece in a well-lit spot, such as a windowsill. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine! I’ve had them over a month, and they’ve already grown!