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Cactus & Succulent Bowls

Feel like an easy DIY project this weekend? What about making a cactus or succulent bowl? Hard to kill these little fellas, they are cheap to buy and look great all clumped together. Now when I say “hard to kill” I mean it’s not impossible and I have killed my fair share of succulents, but there is a trick… On my Instagram a lovely lady by the name of @thatgirlinthatdress gave us all this advice and it’s probably the best advice I’ve received in regards to succulents:

“…most succulents require full sun – 4-8 hours of outdoor sunlight. This is quite different to the amount of light they would receive next to a window and even less if they are more than 30cms from the window. Most likely it developed root rot as the amount of water it was receiving was far too much for the amount of photosynthesising it was doing. I keep mine outside in full sun (sunrise to 1/2pm, where as all day sun is literally no shelter all day) and water them once a fortnight if they are lucky…”

Ah yes! Good advice. So they are not really designed to survive inside long term are they? Unless you are happy to pop them outside often, maybe they are best displayed on outdoor tables, or at the entry or in a corner on your back verandah? I have had great success with succulents and cacti outside, so there they shall stay.

So let’s take a look at a few succulent and cactus bowls…









What you’ll need:

  • A variety of succulents/cacti
  • Rocks in the bottom
  • Good soil
  • A bowl or pot (the rocks are good if you don’t have holes in the bottom of your pot for drainage, but I recommend you do drill holes if you can!)

So there you go! Lots of cool looking centerpiece ideas. Or I love the HUGE pots on the ground filled with succulents. I have some pots filled with succulents at home, but they need a few gaps filled and a freshen up so that may be an Easter holiday project.

If you want some indoor plant ideas that will survive I wrote this one here.

♥ KC.

March 4, 2017


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    March 3, 2017

    I love the advice on how to care for them because I have killed every single succulent I’ve had. I might try a bowl this weekend (have a nice little Mummy & Daughter planting afternoon) and let it live on my outdoor table.
    Thanks and keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂