I love to say I have a natural “green thumb” when it comes to growing plants, but I’d be fibbing. I can handle outdoor plants, veggies, perennials, herbs, and even fruits, but, indoor houseplants, ummmmmm, not so good.
Enter my wonderful and adorable mother-in-law, who has plants that mark milestones in her life going back over 65 years for her wedding, a terrarium that her oldest son made for her in grade school, like over 50 years old, and some others that are something like 20 or 30 years old. I have never experienced a person with such a natural ability to keep plants alive! As a challenge, I gave her an orchid a few years ago and said let’s see you make it bloom, considering that in my early days of trying to satisfy my craving to be lord of the plants, I purchased about 10 flowering orchids and proceeded to turn them into very dull, green plants that never seem to move or ever grow a new leaf, let along a bud or a flower. She’s had that thing blooming every time I visit, and not just one bloom, lots and lots of blooms. I’d admire her so much! Her home is cozy and full of life from all her amazing plants.
So, I have been determined to have green plants in the house. Enter, the Succulent. Oh Yeah! These a plants designed specifically for those desiring a green-tinted thumb. Botanists refer to these plants a Fat Plants. Right there, I’m feeling a sense of affection. Who doesn’t want a chubby plant?
The reason they are considered Fat Plants is that they store up water in parts of the plants which makes them chubby. The plants have adapted to grow in areas with little rain or water availability. So, they can go a long time between watering and in fact prefer it! Hello low maintenance!
Then, there is the history of the plants being collected of world explorers back in the 15th century while they were looking for new trade routes to India. The Dutch East India Company was responsible for collecting succulent specifics for the Dutch government, and I’m Dutch (really not a very relevant point), and somewhat infatuated with the Dutch East India Company and it’s history with Spice Trade, not to mention that is considered the first multinational corporation in the world, but I digress.
Back to succulents. I have started collecting them. I’m honing my skill at propagating them, so, I can share them with the world! I think everyone should have a little chubby green plant in their life. Hence, Tiny Pots for Succulents.
These pots are approximate 3.5″ wide X 3″ tall. Just big enough to hold a succulent plant, but small enough to fit just about anywhere, and oh, so cute matched up with a tiny, chubby green buddy.
Add some decorative stone to keep the dirt in and this little buddy and ready to bring a little smile to someone’s day!
If you decide to adopt a Tiny Pot, below are a few easy steps. Of course, I am just one of the many Succulent Obsessed. There is lots of great information on the web about the plants. I’m pretty sure, they will be covered in future posts here also, as, they keep entering my creative train of thought and that means, I’m going to have to dig deeper on the them (pun intended)
Quick and easy care for the ideal tiny, chubby green buddy:
- Sunlight – they are happiest with about 6 hours of sunlight. Not direct, as it could burn them. Place them where they get light. If you notice your tiny pot plant is starting to grow tall, it’s looking for the light. Try moving it to a location with more light. The good news is if the plant is getting too tall for your liking, you can chop the top of the plant of and replant that in the same tiny pot! Easy peasy.
- Temperature – they like it warm in the summer and cool in the winter. This should be easy. If they are close to a window, they get a little warmth from the sun to keep them at about 70 to 80 degrees in the summer and most likely it will be a little cooler for them in the winter, around 50 to 60 degrees. This winter cool time helps them get ready for growth and blooming in the summer!
- Water – This is where succulents really shine! During the summer, water as usual for house plants. When the soil is dry down below the surface, give them a drink. Test this by pressing your finger into the soil and seeing if you sense any moisture. If you sense moisture, don’t water. In the winter, check this out, the plant goes dormant and needs very little water. Let the pot dry out. I mean dry. Then, wait another week and give the plant a drink. Remember, the plant stores water so if the pot is dry, the plant still has reserves. Too much water and the plant rots. If your house is dry from heating in the winter, you might find adding a little water every 2 weeks is normal, or, perhaps 3 weeks. How much water? It’s a Tiny Pot, I start out measuring about 1/8 cup water and after the pot is bone dry, I gradually add it, then check the soil to see if it is just damp, not soaked, and then see how long the soil stays moist. If it stays moist for 3 weeks, perhaps step back the amount a bit.
Here’s to a greener world and a Tiny Pot of Sunshine!