DIY Succulents

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By Grace Konrad

When it comes to interior design, succulents are having a major moment. The small, potted, thick-leaved desert plants have been popping up in store designs and apartments all over NYC – including my coffee table and book shelves. Many friends have asked me where is the best place to buy them, why are they so expensive already planted, and how can I use them effectively in my space? To answer some of these questions, I’ve put together a little DIY on how to create your own potted succulents (for much less) by utilizing the beloved NYC flower district.

If you’ve never been to the flower district on 28th street, you may be a little overwhelmed during your first visit. My advice is to arrive early and browse the stores before making any purchases. Some stores may have better plant selections while another may have the cuter planters. Once you have a lay of the land, it’s easier to embrace the energy and get excited about your planting project.

Planted succulents require 5 simple things in order to thrive:

  • A container with drainage holes
  • Potting mix
  • Light
  • Water (once or twice a week)
  • Gravel or topper of your choice

Simple, right? My first task of the day was to find pots I liked. After browsing a few shops I settled on two different containers, each for an individual plant. One was a more traditional terracotta style, and the other a cool square container in matte grey. Major bonus, each container was only 4$. Many of the stores in the flower district offer larger terarium style containers if that’s what you’re looking for, so you just have to be willing to browse a bit to find what you want.

The next step was to find plants I actually liked and wanted to have in my space. While multiple stores had succulents and boldly hued cacti, I ultimately chose two simple plants without major foliage. I wanted something that could easily be place on a narrow bookshelf or table without it being overwhelming, so I was focused on the overall size. The plants I ended up purchasing were from the first store I visited, but went back to after scoping out the competition. The plants were already in soil which saved me from purchasing an entire bag of it, and the owner gave me a great price – 7$ total for both plants. Last thing to purchase was gravel, which set me back about $12 for the bag.

In the end, the total cost for the project was about $23 for two succulents. This was a major steal considering that florists and garden shops in the city can charge anywhere from $15-100 for planted succulents and terrariums. Plus I had the satisfaction of designing the planters completely myself, which gave me the freedom to match back to my existing interior decor scheme.

 

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