I have a major thing for succulents these days. I started off with a few from Lowe’s last fall, and I’m now up to 14. I may have a bit of a problem. Don’t judge me.
Houseplant experts will tell you never to buy plants from somewhere like Ikea, but I’ve had decent luck so far. They have a ton of different succulents for $2.99 each! And when I spotted this striped bowl for $6.99, inspiration struck.
I picked up three different haworthias (Note: Do not rely on the label that Ikea puts on the plants. A lot of them are wrong!) and an $0.89 bag o’ rocks (not pictured).
It was not easy. It took me two hours (with frequent breaks) to get through the bottom of the bowl.
I do not recommend this. I’ve had succulents in bowls without drainage holes, and they’ve been fine. Just skip it.
But anyway, since I was being an overachieving succulent mom, I drilled through, and I also made my own succulent soil mix. Some more advice for you: Do not buy the pre-mixed stuff meant for cactuses. It is TERRIBLE. Gardening websites will usually recommend mixing regular potting soil with sand and perlite, but I skipped the sand for simplicity’s sake.
Perlite is the white styrafoam-looking stuff you see in most potting soil. You can buy a bag of it for under $5 from home improvement stores or nurseries and add more of it to your potting soil to make it drain faster. I used a mixture of half potting soil, half perlite.
After I mixed up my soil and put some in the bowl, I dug the succulents out of their pots. Side note: I found a little albino piece UNDER THE SOIL in the roots of one of them. See it in the pot all the way to the left? Isn’t it freaky?! It looks like a white lobster claw. I don’t think it’s ready for sunlight yet, so I planted it in its own little pot and am keeping it in the shade to see if it wants to live. I hope it does!
I tried to space them out enough so they’d have room to grow. Haworthias can offset (create little baby plants that will grow next to them), and I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t all end up choking each other.
Finally, I added the rocks. Something finer, like gravel, might have been a better choice, but hey, you can’t beat $0.89!
There are varying schools of thought on whether you should water succulents immediately after repotting them. I don’t have the bowl in a super sunny spot, and the days are getting shorter – plus, the potting soil was already pretty moist – so I’m not going to water mine for at least a week or two.
So that’s my DIY Ikea succulent bowl, all for under $20! (Unless you count the drill bit. Let’s not count the drill bit.)
Anyone else love succulents as much as I do? Got any advice for keeping them alive and healthy?