- A wide pot
- Enough succulents to fill said pot
- Barnacles, coral or seashells (prewashed)
- Cactus potting mix
How to Do It
Choose the Container - Choose a pot that complements - rather than competes with - the colorful succulents that will be planted inside. I chose a light blue pot since I planned on combining succulents of pink and light blue.
Choose the Succulents - Head to the cactus and succulent section of your local garden center and go crazy! Pick healthy plants with bright colors and odd shapes, and arrange them together to visualize the design. Try to steer clear of green leaved succulents, unless you're trying to recreate the look of seaweed. Before you make your purchase, check out the labels and make sure that each of the succulents chosen has similar requirements.
Cover Drainage Hole - Before filling the container with potting mix, place pottery shards or packing peanuts over the drainage hole to prevent the soil from draining out.
Fill with Cactus Mix - Use a well draining mix that has been amended with perlite or vermiculite, such as a 'cactus mix'. Regular potting soil retains water and can rot the plants before you even know what hit them. Leave about an inch of the pot free so you'll have room for the marine life and plant life.
Add 'Reef' - Nestle any large barnacle clumps or coral chunks into the soil first, since you'll be tucking the plants in around the 'reef'. Alternately, use a large scallop or clam shell and plant succulents between the two shells.
Plant Succulents - Pop the succulents out of their pots one by one, and arrange them in the pot as desired. You can hold them in place by mounding potting mix around their roots. Keep adding a little potting mix as you go. There is no wrong way to design your planting, but it will look more balanced and natural if you scatter the succulents randomly.
Finishing Touches - You can tuck some succulents into the openings of the barnacles and shells for a lifelike effect, but just make sure to look for a shell with some sort of drainage hole so that the roots don't sit in water
Disclaimer: Potting soil provided by Sungro