1) Small Pots
2) Little Succulent or Cacti Babies (I used homegrown ones, but you can easily buy some)
3) Aquarium Gravel. I Used Pure Water Pebble
4) A dropper (for watering)
5) Garden Soil (any will do, but succulents like a little sand mixed in)
Step 1) If there's room (my planters are only 2 to 4 inches tall!) line the bottom of your planter with the gravel. This is a reservoir that can hold a little bit of extra water to protect your desert dwelling plant's roots from rotting from too much water.
Step 2) Add some soil and plant your succulents in an appealing composition.
Step 3) Top with your white gravel. This really completes the arrangement and makes it look polished in my little ceramic planters!
Step 4) Gingerly water your freshly planted succulents. I included the dropper here because that's an easy way to slowly water your tiny arrangements without drowning them! But you can also go slow with a small spouted watering can or use a slow trickle from your sink.
Growing Tips: After your plant has its good soak after transplanting, only water your succulent when the soil is completely bone dry. You can stick a toothpick into the soil to check. Make sure they have good air flow and plenty of sun. Rotate them if you're growing them indoors so they don't get leggy.
I love being able to gift home grown goodies to friends and family. I'm enjoying keeping the little pots on my desk. I'm nursing the little injured jade plant piece there and hope to see him grow into a mighty plant over the years (he's the last piece of a plant I had that died). If you're trying to think of a plant that would look especially good in this type of mod clay pottery I love the look of lithops, or "living stones" as they're known. They carry them at Lowes and Home Depot if a local nursery near you doesn't have them.
Have you already gotten started on your holiday gift buying and making? I'll have simple DIY ideas all up for my fellow procrastinators!