Hanging Living Succulent Basket

I have had a little crush on living wreaths for awhile. The idea of grouping a mass of living plants into pieces of art and decor incorporates two of my favorite things. On top of that succulents have got to be one of the most versatile plants. All the different varieties together are simply beautiful {not to mention that they are nearly indestructible}. I thought I would do a little spin on the wreath and make a hanging basket today instead. I just can’t wait for the plants to perk up and fill in!
I started with a simple wall basket that I already had and spruced it up with a touch of ivy green spray paint. To provide a little barrier, to prevent the loss of dirt, I lined the basket with a layer of green floral moss. {using moss allows for adequate drainage as well}

I used a premixed potting soil specialized for succulents and cacti. A small bag of runs only about $3-4. The key to the soil is fast-draining.

I used a mix of new plants, some cuttings and a few repotted plants for my basket. Succulent cuttings are super easy to propagate. Just cut a piece off from the stem, leave to air dry for a day or so {to seal the end} and replant. New roots will grow directly from the stem.

Once I had my plants arranged, I went back and filled in any empty spaces with additional moss.

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Love!

Although I used a mixed variety of species, there are three general rules that apply to the success of all succulents; Light, Temperature, & Water.

Succulents generally prefer bright light levels during the day and cool nights. Many varieties enjoy their summers outdoors. {Daytime temperatures of 70º to about 85º and nighttime temperatures between 50º and 55º}

There are many different watering guidelines but I use this general rule of thumb with my succulents; to thoroughly water when needed. They are generally pretty resilient but can be over or under watered. I water only when the soil is dry, but not completely dried out. I water the soil until it is running from the bottom of the container to ensure it has reached all the roots. {again, it is very important to make sure you have good drainage}

Succulents need very little fertilizer. Usually the premixed soil contains enough nutrients for your plants for approximately three months. After that I simply use a Miracle-Grow liquid solution. {15-30-15} A fertilizer high in potassium and phosphorus helps the succulents retain their deep colors.

I am thrilled with my basket and can not wait to see it flourish. Succulents are very easy to take care of so they are practically fool proof plants for virtually everyone to enjoy. They can easily be brought indoors and used as decor for the winter months as well. Simple, easy, and beautiful works of art ~ My kind of plants! Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. This is a great basket. Love & blessings from NC!

  2. I am loving this!!!!! I am awful with plants but think I may be able to keep this alive! LOL

    Thanks for the feature today!

  3. Cute, cute, cute!! This is so fun. I’m wary of living decorations because, well, the living part. But these shouldn’t need too much water. Love it!

  4. Love this idea

  5. It turned out beautifully – me and succulents don’t get along if they are easy for me to get to – I water them too much. ;)

  6. I really love this project and I am so not crafty! Thanks for all of the great info. about succulents. I have been wanting to use some around the house but have a huge knowledge deficiency.

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  7. Love the basket! I have tried to make these in the past. I will have to try again. Your is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Stephanie Lynn, I cannot wait to make this. It is so beautiful. I really love the basket that you chose for the arrangement (love spray paint), and it really is so pretty, it doesn’t look real. Wonderful tutorial on how to accomplish basket. Sounds to me like the drainage is very important, so I will make sure that I use moss on the bottom, as well. I’m so excited now! Another project to make!!! Thank you for linking to the Boardwalk Bragfest!

  9. Stephanie Lynn, I love the video you put together about CJ, who is absolutely gorgeous, by the way. A beautiful tribute to your son and a wonderful way to call attention to the dilemma and tragedy of autism. I learned more through your video than I’ve known in the past. Astounding that insurance usually doesn’t cover the cost, and the number of families who are struggling with autism is astounding. Thank you for sharing. I will now go wipe my tears and say a prayer for all the families who have beautiful children like CJ and are trying to break through. (((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))

  10. Wow wish I was that good with flowers and plants! Thanks for linking up to Anything Related!
    ~Bridgette

  11. Thanks for such a great idea! I have a metal basket I’ve wanted to use but worry about flowers drying out. This is the answer! Your’s is beautiful!

  12. So pretty! I love succulents.

  13. Hi Stephanie Lynn,
    That is just gorgeous. I love gardening, but I only have one jade plant. I am definitely going to look for a suitable basket for a project like this.

    I went to the Sunset Magazine open house last year and they had done a whole wall in succulents. It was amazing.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

  14. That is beautiful!!!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

  15. Lovely. Where do you source your plants?

  16. I love it!! Succulents are definitely one of my fave plants. I got a succulent “group” as a gift (an I really wanted one, what a coincidence =) but I managed to kill off the whole lot =( Hope you have more luck with yours =)

    Happy Friday!

    Linda

  17. Oooh how beautiful!! I’ve been meaning to buy succulents for around my house for a while now! thanks for inspiring me to get out there and actually do it! :)

  18. Love it!!!

  19. This is so pretty I can’t even handle it! I think it might even survive my black thumb. Now all I need to do is rustle up a wall basket… LOVE! Thanks for the great project.

  20. thanks heaps for this post. I recently bought a mixed lot of pllants and got heaps of succulents. now i have an idea on their care adn what to do with them.

  21. What a great way to show off your succulents and succulent cuttings.

        

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