I was originally going to title this post “How to grow succulents with low natural light.” The answer: you don’t. But, that seemed too click-baity so I went with faux succulent arrangement instead. I don’t know about you, but I feel like people are always like “buy succulents!” They are easy to grow! Anyone can do it! And that’s true – as long as the elements are right to keep them alive. Take it from someone who has killed her fair share of succulents that natural light is REALLY important. If you don’t have it in spades, there is a good chance your succulent will not survive. At least, that’s been the case for me.
Now, it’s not all bad news. I recently bought a few new ones from Costco and they are doing really well (you can see one in my Milk Glass Living Room). However, they are very strategically placed in locations that receive natural light most of the day. All close to doors or windows. What about those places that don’t get natural light all day but could use a pop of green? Enter the faux succulent!
- Faux succulent – either one large one or several smaller ones. The three I chose are from Target, and Hobby Lobby has great options as well (especially if you use a coupon)
- Vase, bowl, pot – get creative! Since these guys don’t need water, you don’t need to use a traditional flower pot. I used a little wood bowl from Sugarboo & Co, an adorable boutique close to my house.
- River rocks – the whole bag was $2.99 from Hobby Lobby. I used about half the bag for this one.
- Floral Styrofoam – I cut the cylinder down so that I could easily stick the succulents into the foam
As you can probably guess, the how-to is fairly straight forward. Layer some rocks into the bottom of the bowl.
Stick the succulents into the foam until you get the arrangement you want.
Fill the bowl with the remaining river rocks to cover the foam.
Style, sit back and don’t worry about your succulents dying!
Are there other fake plants that you love to use in places you don’t have natural light?