Succulent Garden in a Sugar Mold plus a money saving tip!
Hi friends! Hope summer is treating you kind! Today I am sharing a Round Top Antiques Week favorite find with a garden tip. Are you familiar with Mexican sugar molds? I have a variety of sizes I’ve picked up over the years in my junkin’ travels. They are the handiest decoration. They can be used for flowers, candles, crayons, knick knacks and just about anything you can think to put in them. For years in Mexico they have been used for the sale of pure sugar cane syrup. Back before granulated sugar was a thing. The molds are filled with pure sugar cane syrup. Once the syrup is dried the molded cone shape is easy to sell, transport and measure for users. Cool huh? Don’t have a sugar mold? Don’t worry, I found some online and have an affiliate link below for you.
My sugar molds tend to move all over the house and get used in different ways depending on the season. Today they are hosting succulents. Changing out the flowers and greenery in my house is something I love to do. It adds fresh life with little effort.
The kids and I were picking up a few things at our local home and garden center when I came across racks of clearance items in the garden section. I started off picking up individual containers of succulents, marked $3-$5 each. When I realized this project would run over $20 I put them back and moved to plan B which should have been my plan A! That is way more than I like to splurge on indoor plants. Especially since I usually cut free stuff from my yard! I looked around some more and found this guy for $10 with more than enough little plants to do the job. That brings me to one of the best tips I have to share about container gardening!
Divide and Conquer Your Plants
Anytime you are working on potted plants, indoor or out, you can often get more bang for your buck purchasing a larger plant that you divide. A 3 gallon shrub will cost you less that three 1 gallon shrubs, but can easily be divided to fill multiple containers. I do this all them time with my outdoor pots, especially seasonal flowers. Plants in larger containers tend to be more mature too. This means a higher success rate in keeping your new friend alive! I always need help in that department 😉
Simply dismantle your purchase to see what you have to work with and then re-pot the individual plants in their own container. I added some gravel on the bottom so the plant’s feet aren’t sitting in water and more on top as mulch. Since the liners for the sugar mold do not have a drain hole, be sure to water sparingly. Succulents like to get dried out between waterings. Luckily, if I kill one off I have back up!
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