Succulent dish gardens make easy and inexpensive gifts. This DIY succulent dish garden is made with supplies found at the dollar store for a quick and easy gardening project.
I love the idea of growing plants and vegetables. Unfortunately, I have somewhat of a black thumb.
Growing plants in the desert means they need constant watering. If a plant calls for watering once a week, I'll need to water it once a day.
Eventually I get tired of all the watering and the poor plants die. But succulents are perfect for our hot weather and my lazy watering schedule.
Most of the supplies needed to make a succulent garden can be picked up at the dollar store making these an inexpensive gift. Succulents can be found in most garden departments of big box stores or a local nursery.
4 Pack Plastic Bowls (Found at Dollar Tree)
Soil (Found at Dollar Tree) or this soil for succulents
Succulents (from a local nursery)
Krylon flat black spray paint
Black Decorative Sand (Dollar Tree in floral dept)
Lay out a bowl on a flat surface in a well ventilated area outside. Lay the bowl open side down and spray with black spray paint in a downward motion. Allow to dry for 10 minutes in between each coat.
To get the perfect coverage black I was aiming for took a total of 3 coats and I was very happy with the results. Allow to dry for 20 minutes after all coats are applied before you start planting.
Once the bowl is dried turn it over and fill it up with soil, making sure to pat down firmly. Add a little bit of water to the soil to help it settle in together.
Next grab the succulent plants and start planting. I planted a few succulents in different heights and shapes to give it a fun and unique look. You can also find succulents in different colors for an even prettier garden.
Once you are happy with the way the plants are placed, add the black decorative sand and cover the soil for a more zen look. And that's it!
The garden will need bright, indirect sunlight for 4-6 hours each day. Turn the dish every week or two to make sure all the plants get light.
Water the garden when the soil is completely dry and the leaves of the plants are not plump anymore. Because the bowl doesn't have any drainage, tip the bowl to drain off excess water to avoid rot in the roots.
Your succulent dish garden is ready for giving or to brighten up your home.