Let me just start by saying that I have killed jade plants, cacti, and aloe vera, as well as a number of other houseplants over the years. It’s not that I don’t have a green thumb. It’s just that I tend to sort of wear out my gardening ambition over the summer on my huge food garden and by the time winter rolls around, my houseplants are lucky to get water, much less repotting and attention.
So when I picked up DIY Succulents by Tawni Daigle, I was intrigued by all the pretty little plants in their gorgous, crafty containers…but I had trouble imagining that I could pay enough attention to these little jems to keep them alive and well in my house. Guess what…after reading the sections on choosing and caring for your succulents I realized that these little plants are exactly the houseplants for me! Turns out I watered that jade plant and aloe vera too much! Go figure.
The author shares common varieties of succulents, how to propogate them to make lots of cute little babies, which ones might be poisonous to your children and pets, and what to look for in containers and pots. I also realized that I used the wrong kind of potting medium for my succulents in the past…which prevented proper drainage.
Needles + Leaves
Author of DIY Succulents and one of the talents behind the popular blog Needles + Leaves, Tawni Daigle shares all the basic information you need to get started growing your own succulent garden. She also shares a ton of cute and easy crafts that use succulents as living art. You will find a wealth of inspiration for wedding and party favors, living wreaths, vertical gardens, crafty and unusual containers for your succulents, as well as living jewelry and accessories. One section of the book is dedicated to using succulents to decorate for the holidays, with the cutest little living Christmas tree and many other ideas.
If you love plants…
You’ll most definitely love this book! If you’ve tried to keep houseplants and outdoor plants and failed in the past…you’ll love this book! As it turns out, succulents are very easy plants to grow and propagate. Anyone interested in getting started with their own living artwork or beautiful succulent garden will benefit from the basics on growing succulents and the creative ways to display them that Tawni shares in her new book, DIY Succulents. The photos alone are worthy of a place of honor on your coffee table!
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go buy some new houseplants. 😉