Whether you’re already a gardening enthusiast or looking to take up a new hobby, you should consider planting succulents on driftwood. Succulents are one of the easier plants to tend to, even if you don’t have a green thumb. Read this blog post if you’re interested in planting succulents on driftwood.
What Are Succulents?
Succulents are a type of plant that uses its leaves for water storage. The leaves of a succulent plant are usually thick, fleshy, and engorged with water. Succulent plants usually do best in dry climates, but can also thrive in humid climates. Some examples of succulents include Aloe Vera, Roseum, and Crown of Thorns. All cacti plants can be categorized as succulents. However, not every succulent is a cactus.
Why Should You Plant Succulents on Driftwood?
If you’re a beginner when it comes to planting and tending to succulents, you should consider planting your first succulent plant on driftwood. A driftwood planter filled with succulents will undoubtedly be a stunning piece of decor for your home.
One of the best things about planting succulents on driftwood is that you don’t need a significant amount of gardening experience to create a beautiful work of art. Out of all plants, succulents require the least amount of regular care. Therefore, the main things you really need are a succulent plant, a piece of driftwood, and some creativity.
What Should You Buy for Planting Succulents on Driftwood?
You can get a driftwood piece of any size or shape. Once you have your driftwood piece, you should get succulent plants. The succulent plants should be cuttings or small and rooted. The size and the quantity of the succulents you purchase should depend on the driftwood piece. Next, you will need a hot glue gun or floral glue in order to attach the succulent plants to the driftwood. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about either glue hurting your succulent plants. Finally, you should get the sphagnum moss to help ensure the health of your succulent plants.
Some optional materials include rocks, sand, sea shells, and tumbled glass. Basically, any material that you can use to decorate your succulent driftwood can be considered fair play.
How to Plant Succulents on Driftwood
The first thing that you should do is figure out how you want your driftwood home decor to look. At a minimum, you should have a rough idea of where you want each of your succulent plants to go. When deciding where the succulent plants should go, start with the largest plants and then go from there.
The next step is preparing your succulent plants for the driftwood. If your driftwood doesn’t have any crevasses, you should cut the roots of your succulents using gardening clippers or scissors and remove any dirt. Succulents are able to live about three months without soil. If there are crevasses in your driftwood that can conceal the roots and dirt, you should consider allowing the succulents to retain some of their roots and soil.
Next, you should add glue to the driftwood where you want to place the succulent plants. Attach moss to the driftwood. The amount of moss you glue should depend on the size of the succulent plant as well as where you intend to position the succulent plants on the driftwood. Don’t feel like you have to glue a piece of moss to each succulent plant. While moss promotes succulent health and prolongs their life, succulents ultimately don’t need moss to survive.
Use your hot glue or floral glue to attach the bottom of the succulent plants to the sphagnum moss. Try to position the succulent plants close to each other and try to place the small succulent plants next to the larger ones.
Once you have your succulent plants attached to the driftwood, you should use the rest of your materials to decorate the piece of driftwood. In fact, you can even attach more mass to the driftwood as decoration. Be sure to leave some of the wood of the driftwood exposed instead of covering every inch with succulent plants and decoration.
How to Maintain Your Succulents on Driftwood
Don’t make the mistake of watering your succulents right away if you have soaked or watered them during the preparation process. Instead, wait a few days before watering your succulents. Once you’re ready to water your plants, you can use a watering can or a spray bottle. If you live in a dry climate, you will need to water your succulent plants more than if you live in a humid climate.
Overall, your goal when caring for the succulents planted on driftwood should be helping them survive as long and as healthily as possible.
No matter your level of experience when it comes to gardening, you will likely find planting succulents on driftwood a rewarding experience. Planting succulents on driftwood requires a lot of care and creativity, but you will be very pleased with the outcome.