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Succulent Tips

How to Care for and Water Air Plants

New to caring for Air Plants? Or looking for an optimal watering guide? Look no further! 

Air Plants are striking tropical plants capable of absorbing water and nutrients through their leaves. Tillandsias are possibly the most exotic, and enjoyable plants in existence. They flourish in vertical spaces and can be attached to nearly anything. They exist in a variety of shades, colors, and sizes and are among the most carefree plants on earth. Shop Succulents stocks over 50 distinct species enabling us to provide a thrilling variety in each order! Our unique air plant packs ensure you will have all different plants in your pack whereas our assorted packs contain multiples of the same plants if you are looking to have cohesion in your pack.

If you're new to air plants you may not know that they do not require soil! Air plants often live perched in the crux of trees in what are commonly referred to as cloud forests. This makes them an ideal indoor plant option for the apartment plant decorator or anyone with less outdoor garden potting space. You can place them in windowsills, in terrariums or gorgeous ceramic planters, or simply lay them flat on a shelf. 

Ideally air plants do best with plenty of fresh air flow and bright indirect light. Keep your air plants away from hot direct sunlight and extremely dry or windy conditions should you opt to keep them outdoors. With proper care and conditions, air plants can thrive both indoors and outdoors! 

Water your air plants once a week and increase watering to two to three times a week during really hot and dry seasons. Water your air plants by soaking them thoroughly in room temperature water for 10-20 minutes. Then drain the water and allow the plants to dry before placing them back in their space.

Keep in mind during hot weather seasons air plants may need to be spritzed with a spray bottle in between watering cycles if they begin to appear dry. 

Varieties with thinner more spindly leaves retain less water and will become drier faster. Be sure to keep an eye on different varieties as you may notice some need to be watered more or less often depending on size and thickness of the plants leaves. 

If you have any questions about caring for your air plants, feel free to give us a call, our customer service team is happy to help answer any plant health and care questions!

CONTACT: (888) 525-GROW

 

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How to Root and Care For your Succulent Cuttings

You've received your succulent cuttings, now what?

Succulent cuttings differ from working with potted rooted succulents, and the difference is simple, cuttings come without roots! Succulents have the miraculous ability to root very rapidly with little assistance making this a fun and easy garden project. Whether you're a succulent veteran, or newer to developing your green thumb, succulent cuttings are an excellent place to start.

The additional step when you're working with succulent cuttings requires you to root your plants before following normal maintenance care.
The first thing you want to remember with succulents is that they require a soil medium with a lot of drainage. A cactus and succulent soil mix typically includes ingredients that allow moisture to move through the soil evenly and quickly to avoid standing water. Remember, these plants are typically from dry, hot, climates so dense soil mixtures that don't allow proper drainage can very easily lead to root rot and kill your succulents.


To root your succulent cuttings, you will plug the stems of the cuttings into gently moistened soil and leave them to root for about 2-3 weeks. Depending on the species. Succulents are incredibly vulnerable during the rooting process and the main key ways to protect them are to monitor sunlight and water very carefully.
During the first week, do not water them at all and keep them out of direct sunlight. The couple weeks following, you can lightly water your cuttings once per week. After about three weeks you can gently tug on the stem to see if there is resistance, indicating the plant has rooted. If the plant has successfully rooted, move into soft sunlight and begin watering once a week.


Keep in mind that the rooting process will speed up or slow down depending on how warm the weather is and which season and species you are dealing with. For example if you try to root aeoniums during their dormant season, you will have a very difficult time! 


Once your succulents have rooted, switch over to following our easy succulent care guide to help provide an optimal environment for your succulents to thrive!
 
 

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Coming this February... Indoor Cactus!

INTERIOR RE-WILDING

We are so excited to bring 6" Cactus to our collection this February! The possibilities with these large specimens are endless. For those of you who live in colder climates, the good news is that your can create an indoor aesthetic with bringing cactus inside that will be the envy of all of your lovely friends. As humans we crave a connection to the natural world. Anyone who has ever made the effort to re-wild their living space with a variety of plant decor knows that the feeling this creates in a space is irreplaceable. 

If you live in a warmer climate, 6" cacti are wonderful for large scale outdoor garden projects filling in planter space or potentially covering large areas of your yard if you are in the process of turf removal in an effort to be water wise. 

When handling large cactus we love wearing welding gloves as the spines cannot penetrate these gloves and you can have a lot more control handling your specimen. Remember when re-potting or putting cactus in ground that the two most important things you want to avoid are planting the cactus too deeply in the soil and over-watering the cactus once it has been planted. Both of these things increase your chance of your plant getting root rot and dying. Always use a soil with plenty of drainage i.e. perlite, peet moss, sand, or a combination of all three. This keeps the root structure from sitting in damp soil for an extended period of time. Depending on your climate, you'll want to water once every 2-3 weeks and less if the soil is retaining any moisture in between waterings. You want the soil to be totally dry at the time of a fresh watering cycle. 

If you are going to be bold and bring your darling cactus inside, we love pairing these cactus with aged terracotta for a vintage rustic look. You can also use a smooth concrete or more modern glazed pot to match your aesthetic! We love to see what you guys come up with! Forward your indoor re-wilding photos to us for a chance to be featured on our social media and blog!

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DIY Favors

W E D D I N G S  |  E V E N T S 

DIY favors are the easiest way to thank your guests and create a living memory after your event. Favors work great for weddings, showers, milestone birthdays, company parties, and more. Our plant packs work perfectly for any host looking to create their own personal touch on the finished product. Pair the plants with whatever creative vessel you envision and match your aesthetic perfectly! Whether you're going with the our classic mini globe style, a mini votive look, or a crafty air plant take, we're confident you can tackle this project with everything you need in time for your event.


Shop our Plant Packs to decide whether you're interested in using succulents, cacti, or air plants and then select your quantity. With succulents and cacti, keep in mind an appropriate amount of time to assemble your favors and fasten any last minute details like name tags or bows. All of our plants are ensured to meet quality and variety standards as well as shipped via 2 Day Air with same day fulfillment up to 10 am to get your plants to you quickly an efficiently. When you're getting ready to place your big order, keep these time frames in mind! If you have a custom order, take a look over our plant reference guide and don't hesitate to email us or give us a call!
 

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PHONE: (888) 525-4769

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Terrariums 101

PLANTS | SOIL | MOSS | PEBBLES

When it comes to a DIY terrariums, we carry all of the essentials! The tricky part with terrariums, is using the components properly to keep the terrariums alive! Anyone who has built a beautiful terrarium only to have it keel over the following weeks understands the difficulty of a terrarium micro climate. 

The first thing you'll want to keep in mind is that all plants thrive with fresh air. When we plant in terrariums, we are restricting the air flow so its important to place the terrariums in a room that either has an occasional open window or door, or even better, simply place the terrariums on a patio with constant fresh air flow. Maintaining a climate that is dry enough for the plants to thrive is also important. The requirements for this are different for succulents, cacti, and air plants, but they are require a relatively dry space to avoid rotting. You can encourage this by using a soil that has plenty of drainage. Look for cactus mixes which usually have perlite, peet moss, and even sand mixed into the soil for a dryer faster draining soil. REMEMBER that air plants do not require soil. So with air plants you will want to remove them from their terrariums to water them, allow them to dry fully, then return them to their terrariums.

For a base filler you can either use pebbles, sand, rock, or moss or a combination of all of those to support and decorate the space around your air plants. For succulents and cacti however, you will need to be sure to plant them in soil before adding any of the top dress materials just mentioned. Cactus tend to look great with more natural tones being added to the top of the soil so think sands, natural colored drier mosses, natural colored stones, or decomposed granite. Succulents and air plants look lovely with the vibrant mosses and stones if that is the aesthete you are seeking or, a more elegant dainty look for the peach, green, and tan tones. 

The possibilities with terrariums are endless and they make a wonderful weekend project for girlfriends and a glass of wine, or a family bonding project with your children. Keep the above tips in mind and you'll be set up for a healthy terrarium experience.

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