Are you looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift! How about a DIY Valentine’s Day succulent arrangement!
No more throw away flowers, I am all about the gifts that keep on living!
I have a passion for succulents and I love making succulent arrangements. I make arrangements for all seasons and my most recent arrangements were for Valentine’s Day!
They are simple to make. Fun, beautiful, and they keep on living! Cut flowers are super popular for Valentine’s Day and I love getting them, but I hate throwing them in the trash when they die.
So why not make your own Valentine’s Day succulent arrangement that will keep on living! It’ll be the perfect gift for your loved ones or to simply keep for yourself!
How to Make a Valentine’s Day Succulent Arrangement
- Valentine’s Day Pots
- Succulent Soil
- Decorative Stones
First, find a Valentine’s Day themed pot. This is the part that inspired me to create an arrangement for Valentine’s Day. I was shopping at my local nursery picking out some succulents and flowers to plant, and I saw the cutest heart shaped pot!
That’s when the inspiration hit me and I knew I needed to make some arrangements for the upcoming holiday. So along with the heart shaped pot I bought a few small red pots and a larger pink pot.
Some great options as you’re looking for the perfect pot is anything red, white, or pink, because those are Valentine’s Day colors! Or something heart shaped.
Where do you find the pots?
If you have a local nursery I would check there first. Nurseries usually have a large selection of pots and so you’ll have lots of choices. Then check out any store that has a garden center, such as Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, or Home Depot.
In fact, the pink pot that I found was at Target and it was only $3!
Once you pick your pot, check to make sure that it has a drain hole. If it doesn’t then you will need to drill your own drain hole, but don’t worry, it is super easy. Check out my article 3 Easy Steps to Drill Drain Holes in Ceramic Pots and it will walk you through each step.
Pick out your succulents. If you are familiar with succulents then you probably already have favorites and will have no problem picking out your plants.
But, if you don’t know where to begin, first decide if you would like the arrangement to be inside or outside.
There are succulents that are better suited for indoors and some that are suited better for outdoors.
Good choices for indoor succulents include:
- Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
- Zebra plant (Haworthia fasciata)
- String of bananas (senecio radicans)
- Ivory Towers (Crassula x perforata)
Good choices for outdoor succulents include:
- Sedums such as:
- Sedum reflexum
- Sedum ‘Little Missy’
- Sedum album
- Sempervivum such as:
- Sempervivum ‘Red Wings’
- Sempervivum ‘Red Nails’
If you’re looking for a place to start your succulent search go to Mountain Crest Gardens. Their online website is my go to for everything succulent related. They sell succulents online as well as provide great care information for all types of succulents.
Where to buy succulents?
Like mentioned above, Mountain Crest Gardens is a great place to buy succulents. Although, you’re likely trying to get this arrangement made asap, so I would check out your local nursery or any place that has a garden center. I even find succulents in grocery stores.
Get a good quality succulent soil. If you’re looking to buy a good mix I really like Bonsai Jack Succulent and Cactus Mix or Black Gold Cactus Mix. The great thing is that they can both be found on Amazon or you can check out local garden centers.
Another great option is making your own succulent soil and you can find out how by checking out my post Homemade Succulent Soil.
Putting it all Together
Now is time to put it all together. You have your pot, succulents, and soil!
Take each succulent out of its original plastic pot and remove all of the soil from around the roots. It will most likely be stuck together like this.
After you gently remove most of the soil from around the roots it should look like this.
Repeat that process to all of your succulents and then they will be ready to plant in their pots.
Fill each pot about half way full with succulent soil mix. Then choose which succulents you want and arrange them where you would like them to be.
I start with one succulent at a time and once it is where I want it, I gently add soil around it and pack it in. Then I will add the second succulent where I want it to be and fill in the soil around it and pack it in. I continue with that process until I’ve added all the succulents I want in that arrangement.
Top the soil with decorative pebbles. This step is optional but it gives a really nice finish to the overall arrangement!
Caring for Your Arrangement
Wait at least a week before you water your succulent arrangement. The reason for this is because the succulent roots get disturbed during the transplant and their roots need to callous before receiving water.
Then only water ever 1-2 weeks. Succulents will rot if they receive too much water, but a good thorough water once a week to every 2 weeks is needed.
Depending on if you chose to plant indoor or outdoor succulents place the arrangement in the recommended area and all should be good.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Whether you make this Valentine’s Day succulent arrangement for yourself or for a loved one, I know it will be loved! Succulents are great little plants and so this is sure to be a favorite!
Happy planting and Happy Valentine’s Day!