Thursday, September 24, 2015

Keep Those Succulents From Your Wedding Flowers

Succulents have been popular for weddings for the last several years. There are a variety that work well in both centerpiece and bouquets designs. I thought I would show you how you can keep these plants growing after the wedding.
Nicole's bouquet, pictured above, included several soft green succulents known as echeveria, and the lantern centerpiece design had several different types of sedums, "hens and chicks" Sempervivum, and graptosedum nestled among the flowers and herbs.
I think it's great that these little succulents can be removed after the wedding and actually rooted and grown into thriving plants.  
The picture above shows a nice variety that were plucked from some recent designs. The lower part of the stem was stripped and then pushed into moist potting soil.
There's not much else that needs to be done. Just check to make sure the soil stays moist, but not soggy and within a few weeks the stems will begin to put on roots.
Pictured above are some succulents that I saved and rooted for one of my brides. This is about seven weeks after the wedding.  
The next step is to move these plants to a larger pot or to a well drained area in the garden that receives about 4-5 hours of sunlight. In our area (Raleigh, NC), they will benefit from  a little shade during the hottest part of the day. 
I like to keep the different varieties separated because some are more vigorous than others and will overtake the pot or area where they are planted.  The echeveria will need to come indoors and be placed near a bright sunny window once the temperatures get cold since it is not winter hardy.  Be sure that all plants are provided a well drained planting area as wet soils will cause them to rot. 
Send me an email if you have any questions!

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