I would like to believe that I have a green thumb. It just goes with my life story so well. I grew up in the city, the mean streets of Newark, NJ, but spent every summer in South Carolina picking cherry tomatoes, peaches, pickles, and more from my grandparents’ humongous garden that went as far as my eyes could see.
Plus, when I purchased my first home before the ink was dry on the contracts, I was already in the backyard planting string beans, corn, cucumbers, and carrots to make organic baby food for my then infant. And these days, I run an eco-friendly fashion brand. Yes, I’d like to think of myself as “green” through and through but truthfully, I have seen more house plants die under my care than I’d like to remember.
So, as I packed up to move into my new place, my happy place, our love nest, I wanted nothing more than to start fresh and have green life within. The thought of bringing the outdoors inside to purify the air and add color/texture to our space makes me super happy, but watching another beloved houseplant bite the proverbial dust does not. To avoid disaster, I opted for the most low-maintenance plants on the market. I am a busy mother and business owner after all, so I feel no guilt about deciding to do something different: go with succulents. Hey, if they can stay alive in the dry, unforgiving heat of the African desert, little ol’ me can’t possibly screw them up, right? Luckily, they don’t need much but sunlight, which floods my new loft, and the occasional watering. I can handle that and so can you!
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Get a handful of succulents (I got mine at Home Depot). A pot of aloe vera is a necessity to me for its health and healing benefits. The other 4 were various cacti with pretty flowers sprouting from them. Who can resist a pretty flower? Not this girl!
Step 2. Grab some planters. I picked five ceramic planters of a neutral hue from Ikea. They are double the size of the black plastic containers the plants were in originally.
Step 3. Make ‘em pretty! My new living room/dining space has gold accents throughout, so I chose to use gold paint to create designs onto the planters. Simply use painters tape and/or stencils and spray paint your designs onto the planters. Let them dry for at least 2 hours before use.
Step 4. Fill the planters ¾ of the way with fresh soil. I grabbed a bag of nutrient-enriched soil while shopping for the succulents at Home Depot.
Step 5. CAREFULLY transfer (possibly with gloves on to avoid being pricked!) the succulents into their new pots keeping the roots in its original soil. Then surround that soil with more of the new soil until the pot is full, leaving a half-inch at the top of the pot soil-free.
Now, enjoy your indoor oasis! Whether you group your plants on the windowsill or place them throughout your home, you will find delight in them for many days to come.