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How to Propagate Succulents

Succulents are easy to propagate and a fun project for the inexperienced gardener. With so many gorgeous varieties of succulents available they are the perfect plant to propagate and enjoy in your garden or home.

Step 1. Snap off a leaf from a succulent ensuring you make a clean break off the stem of the succulent plant.

Step 2. Place the leaf in an undercover area in the sun for three days to a week. A callus will form on the base of the leaf where the roots will grow.

Step 3. Once the tiny roots have started to form, replant into pots with drainage holes with good quality succulent potting mix. Water.

Step 4. Keep the pots in a sunny spot and water every one to two weeks making sure the potting mix is completely dried out before watering again. In a few months you will have a brand new succulent plant.

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Zebra Plant Care

zebra_plantThe Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata) is a low maintenance compact and visually appealing succulent. It has green triangular clustered leaves with white stripes which gives it the Zebra effect. This succulent looks fantastic in an unusual containers and is great for the office or home and makes a lovely gift. This dainty little succulent is very slow growing, drought tolerant and if conditions are perfect it will produce little white flowers during summer.

Water – The Zebra Plant usually requires watering every few months in the winter and every three weeks in the summer. Water only when soil is completely dry. A ¼ of a cup is usually sufficient.

Sunlight – The Zebra Plant’s ideal conditions are bright indirect sunlight, however they can survive well with minimal light.

Inspect your plant every few weeks for signs of pests or scale.  If you notice any nasty bugs, spray the plant with a soapy dish washing mix for two weeks until cured.

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How to Make a Terrarium Gift

Create your own Terrarium Gift

Terrariums are perfect for a unique and personalised gift and easy to create yourself.  Plant Terrariums are a gorgeous addition to your home or office and look beautiful as wedding favors.  Terrariums are easy to create and can be made in all shapes and sizes. Follow our simple step by step guide to learn how to create your own terrarium gift for friends and family.

What you need:

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Sand
Large pebbles
Small pebbles
Activated charcoal
Sphagnum moss
Soil
Plants
Ornaments
Spoon (for placing sand and soil)

Instructions

  1. Choose your container. Any style of glass vase or jar that you like is suitable. Fish bowls and apothecary jars are a popular option.
  2. Add a layer of sand to the bottom of the terrarium, this can be purchased from your local hardware store. Beach sand is not recommended as it contains bacteria and can harm your plants.
  3. Place a layer of larger pebbles or rocks over the sand
  4. Cover with some smaller pebbles or stones.
  5. Add a layer of activated charcoal. This can be hidden in the rocks if you don’t want it visible. Simply create a small well in the rocks to place it.
  6. Place a layer of sphagnum moss over the charcoal layer.
  7. Cover the sphagnum moss with a final layer of good quality potting soil suitable for the plants you are using. Speak to your local hardware store or nursery if you are unsure.
  8. Add plants and decorate with ornaments or shells. Succulents are a great plant for terrariums. They come in many colours, shapes, and sizes, require little watering, and a will be happy in direct sunlight as well as filtered light. Small indoor plants are another excellent option for your terrarium.

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