How about a tin of succulents for the plant lover on your Christmas list? This is an inexpensive gift and easy to put together. Succulents are a popular indoor plant, and are easy to care for. In the northern hemisphere it’s hard to find a Christmas gift for gardeners. It’s too cold to plant outdoors, and the nurseries are empty. Not to mention that you probably don’t know what tools they need, or what their preferences are.
All I needed were a few cute succulents, some cactus potting soil, and a Christmas tin. I found little faux berries at the Dollar Tree to tuck in. Typically I stuff rocks where the soil shows, but since this is for the holidays, I thought they would be cuter. I don’t even know where I got the tin. Or how many years it’s been sitting in a bin of Christmas stuff. Doesn’t everybody have a stash of Christmas tins, or is it just me?
I’m assuming they will re-pot it after Christmas, so I didn’t drill any drainage holes. Once the holiday season is over, I expect them to transplant the succulents in an arrangement for themselves. I also am assuming they might want to use the tin for another purpose next year. To protect the container I sprayed it completely with a clear enamel rust-resistant spray paint.
Time for the fun. I planted a Senecio Blue Chalksticks in the back because it was the tallest. This succulent can grow to 8 inches tall.
Then I planted an Echeveria. This is one of the most beautiful succulents with it’s rose shape. It comes in a variety of shades. This succulent works well in vertical planters.
A Black Rose Zwartkop, which is good for contrast. I also planted 2 Haworthia Retusa’s. I think the lines on their tips have an interesting look. It’s also commonly called a Star Cactus.
Last, I pushed the faux berries in to dress it up for Christmas. Be sure to put the plant names on the back of a Christmas tag for the receiver. They might not be familiar with your succulent choices, and need to do a little research to learn how to care for them.
All of these plants are drought resistant, so only add a little water after a week, and keep it in indirect sunlight until you give it away. Succulents are hard to kill, so don’t be afraid to create a tin of succulents as a gift, even if you have a brown thumb.