As the holiday season approaches, we are always looking for different ways to enhance our kitchen table when we have guests over. In fact, plants are a beautiful natural element to add to the table to complement your decor any time of year. Have you ever seen a centerpiece made from succulents? Surprisingly, these little plants can make the most beautiful centerpieces! Let your inspiration guide you to create a unique centerpiece that is as beautiful as the ones you find in the stores.
The great thing about a centerpiece made from succulents is that you can keep it all year round. You just have to adapt to it! Depending on the season or holiday, add decorations of your choice, such as pine cones, fir branches, fall leaves, small lights, etc. And why not mix green and red succulent varieties for the Christmas season? The addition of flowers would also be perfect for the summer season and even for a wedding. In short, let your imagination run wild! Your kitchen table will never look so alive.
Now that you know more about the subject, follow these steps to create the most charming centerpiece made of succulents:
Step 1: Choose your container
Find a nice wooden, glass or plastic container to use as the base for your centerpiece. For outdoor centerpieces, make sure your container has a drainage hole, as succulents do not tolerate wet soil. For indoor centerpieces, choose a container without a drainage hole instead and make sure you don’t overwater.
Step 2: Choose your succulents
To create a classic yet original look, select a large pot and fill it with plants of different sizes, shapes and colours. Ideally, choose an upright plant in the center that will attract attention (e.g. aloe, sansevieria or ZZ plant), a few filler plants (e.g. echeveria) and some hanging plants (e.g. sedum) at the edge for a perfect combination. For a more modern look, opt for several small pots of the same size or a large rectangular pot. Use plants of the same size for a linear and uniform effect.
Also consider where you want to place your centerpiece as succulents require a minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight daily. For outdoor use, for example, choose succulents that prefer bright light. While for indoor centerpieces, choose succulents that tolerate low light such as echeveria, panda plant, aloe or crassula ovata.
Step 3: Planting
Fill your container with Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix, which is perfectly adapted to this type of plant. This peat moss and sand-based potting soil promotes rapid water drainage while maintaining the ideal moisture level for your succulents. Before planting, test the layout of the plants to get a taste of the result. Feel free to add small rocks or sphagnum moss for decoration.
Step 4: Maintain your centerpiece
Water your centerpieces approximately every two weeks in the summer and reduce watering to once a month in the winter, during their dormant period. Make sure the soil is completely dry before watering again. It is better to skip a watering than to overwater.
Tada! You’ve just created a very original centerpiece in less than an hour. Succulents live easily through all seasons of the year, they don’t take up much space and they have a long life span. What more can you ask for? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to consult professionals in the field and take the opportunity to visit your favourite garden centre!