Congratulations to Kim and Vishal! The wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious and I met so many nice people. If you took home a succulent bowl, here are some tips to keeping the succulents happy and well.

The majority of guests who took a bowl are from California, where the climate allows for succulents to grow year round.  The Sempervivum (Hen and Chicks), Crassula Argentea (Jade) and Echeveria Prolifica can be grown in full sun where summers are cool (80-85 degrees) or along the coast.  These three species of succulents are in all the bowls, but each bowl is different and unique.  You might also find other varieties of Echeverias and Crassula Perforata ‘String of Buttons.’

If you decided to keep your bowl inside as a houseplant, a west or south facing window would be an ideal location. If you want to keep your bowl outside on a patio or incorporate it into your landscape, the best place would be for morning sun and afternoon shade. Please note that these plants have been growing indoors in Colorado, and still need time to acclimate to being outside. If you put your bowl in direct sunlight right off, chances are you will “nuke” your plants, or in other words, your plants will burn. It might take time to find the perfect spot for your new plants, and you will probably need to move the bowl a few times to find the appropriate location.

The most frequently asked question is about watering your succulents. If you will be keeping your succulent bowl inside as a houseplant, you can water once a week with a watering can, preferably with an end like this:

 

I also spritz the succulents with a spray bottle. Allow the bowl to dry out between watering.

If your bowl will be outside, to start off, water twice a week since the succulents will be acclimatizing to their new home and climate. Eventually, you will be able to cut back on how much you water. If the plants look like they are thirsty, supplement water accordingly. A watering can like this would work better if your plants are outside.

 

 You can do it! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again for being a part of Kim and Vishal’s wedding!

 

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