A couple of days ago, I attended a bridal shower that had succulents decorations. Cactuses and rosettes were arranged in a pot together with bright white roses. They made up most of the decors around the room, which made the area elegant and gorgeous. But above all, the succulents fitted the bride, a close friend of mine, who’s incredibly simple but has one of the classiest tastes I know in terms of home decorations.

After the bridal shower, which was a blast, by the way, I asked if I could take home one of the arrangements of succulents, and the bride agreed. I imagined it would look perfect as my table centerpiece, and I was right. Upon going home, I placed the pot filled with cactuses, roseum, burro’s tail, hens and chicks, and dudleya. There was a dozen of white roses thrown around the arrangement, and though I knew they wouldn’t last long, I opted for them since the combination of the succulents and white roses was too pretty to pass on.

So, upon arriving home, I immediately placed the arrangement on my table. They didn’t need any tinkering since they looked absolutely magnificent there on my big empty table. They stood out on their own, particularly against the colorful deco walls I have hanging around the dining area. They provided that lush of green that the dining room needed and I immediately thought of where else can I put such an arrangement.

Since I didn’t want to buy an arrangement of succulents for every room, I decided to repurpose the existing one on my dining table. A couple of days after, the white roses began to wilt while the succulents remained as beautiful and as gorgeous as ever.

While the roses needed water to thrive, the succulent plants, of course, had none of those requirements. I preferred to let the roses wilt and did not water the pot since I got it. The bride said the arrangement was watered before they arrived at the venue, so I deduced that the soil needs at least a week to completely dry out. As a result, the roses began to wilt and I had to take them out.

Although the succulents still looked beautiful sitting on top of my dining table, they lost their edge after the roses wilted. For me, they were just like any other succulents that I purposely arranged around the house. They don’t stand out anymore, and as much as I like to replant the roses, I was bored with them, truth to say. I wanted something more for this arrangement of roseum, burro’s tail, dudleya, and hens and chicks. I knew what I wanted to do and that is to propagate the succulents.

I replanted both the dudleya and hens and chicks outside where I knew they will likely thrive. They were outdoor succulents anyway, and they crave more sunlight and water than the roseum and the burro’s tail. Meanwhile, I put the burro’s tail in a hanging basket and arranged it in the foyer where it greets my guests. The roseum was the one I repurposed with the other succulents around the house. Since the roseum has such a versatile look, I mixed it with the other succulents arrangement and they immediately looked more gorgeous than ever.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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