You know what’s a fun thing to do prior to a wedding? Deciding to grow succulents to use as decorations even though you are completely inexperienced when it comes to plants. I mean, how challenging can growing succulents as a plant noob be?
I’m a succulent noob.
Let’s just get this out-of-the-way: I’m a
succulent plant noob. My family has never been the kind to have plants around the house and I’ve always preferred to dedicate my nurturing skills towards raising my blind bitch and handsome snot dog instead. I figured animals are okay because they can tell you when you’re doing a bad job. A plant though? By the time I received the “you’re a bad mom” memo they’d likely be dead.
Of course, I had no choice but to rise to the challenge of owning succulents when my mom randomly brought home a couple from the shops one day.
What started as three little innocent succulent plants in two tiny pots turned into a massive propagation experiment in which I googled all things succulents, impulsively bought many more and obsessively watched all the detached leaves for any sign that a new plant was forming.
That illustration above? I wouldn’t say it’s that much of an exaggeration. Every morning I would literally go upstairs and just stare at these suckers waiting for something to happen and if I saw the slightest hint of growth I would take a picture and praise the plant gods and do a little plant happy dance. Propagating succulents is so much fun.
Noobness = life and death.
There’s just something so fascinating about watching a plant come to life. There’s beauty in the way that a succulent can be ruined by over-watering or lack of sunlight and yet still persevere if separated from that toxicity and given a chance. I don’t know if it’s just my experience with depression that makes me value these little guys so much, but boy do I root for every little leaf to grow into its own beautiful plant.
That being said, there have been a few casualties in my succulent collection. I’d say only half of the adult plants I’ve started with are actually still alive today because most have rotten to death thanks to my inability to conquer a proper watering schedule. It’s gotten to the point where I even have a cemetery bowl next to my garden where my poor over-watered plants are placed once I realized the harm that I’ve done.
RIP my over-watered friends. The sacrifice you made to educate me about succulents’ thirst has not gone unnoticed.
But why the sudden challenge?
Today, I now have over 50 succulent plants I’m trying to take care of and I’m really excited to see how they’ll look when August comes around. Why? I’m going to be using these succulents as decorations for my wedding. Half of my Pinterest pinning for my wedding has been devoted to all the various ways people have incorporated succulents into their weddings and I honestly can’t wait to give it a go myself.
I’m really excited because my little collection of succulents will add another personal touch to the wedding and, dammit, they’re just so cute. Let’s hope they all survive until August without a visit to the plant cemetery. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself if my plant noobness results in me failing this challenge before the big day.
Your turn! Anyone else a succulent lover? Have you ever tried taking care of any on your own? How did it go? Do you have any advice you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!