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How to createcompositions of succulents in pots, in large planters or in unusual objects such as the vertical bowl of an aquarium, an old sink or a metal colander. How to combine succulents to create perfect compositions.
Compositions of succulents
Thecompositions of succulentshave always fascinated us. I was a child when, entering a plant shop, I stopped to observecompositions of succulents in bottlesor inglass jars, these compositions were elegant and had a very attractive look. However, there is a contraindication: succulents, even if they have a slow growth, can remain in a minimalist composition for only a few growing seasons. You have to organize yourscomposition of succulentswith the knowledge that:
- A) you often have to renew the composition using larger glass containers / jars as you go.
- B) You have to leave some space, perhaps covered by squirrels, between one plant and another.
Where to preparecompositions of succulents? Everywhere! Here, creative recovery is truly within everyone's reach. You can recycle a shower tub, an old sink, a rusty wheelbarrow, a pair of shoes, a punctured log or the grooves of a stone. Bird cages can also become godscompositionshanging cabinets for succulent plants.
Succulents compositions in glass or classic pots
Let's start with the most classic case, then the same general rules can also be extended to the other containers. If you want to use aglass vase, know that in addition to counting on the succulents themselves, you can decorate by creating layers of soil of different colors.
Often, theglass vasechosen does not have drainage, which is also why we recommend an intelligent stratification with drainage material.
Maybe at the base you can put a layer of very decorative Egyptian red sand, a layer of stones and then off with the soil that will act as a real substrate for your succulents.
The amount of soil must be proportional to the size of the plants. For acomposition of succulents do it yourselfthat can last a few seasons, a depth of 9 cm is enough. If you are using aglass vasedeeper, as stated, you can use depth to create decorative layering.
What plants to use to create a composition?
There are many succulents. It is up to you to create a certain balance by choosing plants that are not too different from each other, both in height and color. When choosing plants, keep three factors in mind:
- Plant height
- Plant shape
By playing with these features you will get customized compositions. If there are no rules on shapes and colors, for the heights, try to keep them more or less uniform for the entire composition or according to the lines to keep. For example, if the composition will be viewed from the front, you can choose three different heights if thecomposition of succulents do it yourselfit will be observed from above, keep to homogeneous heights, of about 8-10 cm for compositions in indoor pots or 12 - 14 cm if the composition is made in outdoor pots or in larger containers.
For the perfect mix of succulents, you can pair succulents that tend to branch with small cacti. Remember that the plants in the composition must have similar needs for both irrigation and fertilization.
Which succulent plants to use for a composition?
As stated, it all depends on your tastes and you can play on the three factors mentioned above (shape, size and color). In general, only a few species are seen from the nursery, wisely arranged and spaced, where the distances are covered by pebbles and colored stones. For a richer and more diverse composition of succulents you can grow these plants in a single pot, indoors or out:
- Senecio Kleinia (branched, looks like a small sapling)
- Lemaireocereus marginatus (recalls the shape of the classic cactus)
- Sansevieria variegata yellow and green (very decorative, it breaks the shades of green with ribbon-like leaves striped with yellow).
- Echinocactus grusonii albispina (also with elongated shape reminiscent of the classic cactus)
- Cotyledon undulata (has wide and variegated leaves, which open like a fan)
- Haworthia fasciata (has the shape of an agave with leaves tending to white that create a contrast with the green present in yourcomposition)
- Mamillaria (there are many hybrids with limited development)
- Peperomia (they look like small saplings with tufts of terminal green leaves).
Depending on the size of the container, you can choose whether to prepare onecomposition of succulentswhere every single plant is kept in its original pot (useful, for example, if you intend to fill a large planter, a bathtub or a large pot) or if you use unique soil shared with all the plants. In both cases you can fill in the empty spaces with simple expanded clay.
Composition of indoor or outdoor succulents
If you have prepared onecomposition of indoor succulents, remember to maintain a minimum of humidity even during winter, when the air conditioners in the house are active.
Not everyone knows it but ... succulents tolerate the cold well, what they can't stand is water stagnation and the strong humidity typical of the winter season.
If you have prepared onecomposition of outdoor succulents, in view of winter, it will not be necessary to move the succulents but only to prepare them for the cold by following the advice given: how to protect succulents from the cold.