Succulents in any form have been in my work for the past 20 years. Here in Southern California they grow very well in the garden so they are fairly easy to come by.
I love the forms of succulents, the roundness and the many varying textures and colors, they are so intriguing and interesting.
They are also a green alternative to flowers. Once the event is over these succulents can be replanted and be a wonderful reminder of your wedding day or special occasion.
Samples of Succulents and like plants from my garden:
Availability: Available year round.
Characteristics: Succulents are any plants that have thick, strong, fibrous leaves and stems designed to store water indefinitely and to distribute it when deprived of all other sources of water. Succulents that are prized as houseplants today once grew wild in arid regions where they were forced, due to ever-changing climate patterns, to adapt to having less water at their disposal.
Water: The fact that succulents retain water for longer periods of time than most other plants makes them popular as houseplants. In addition to not having to be watered often, succulents also do not need to be fertilized often. The nutrients they absorb with the water are not eliminated as quickly as with other plants. Keep the potting mix lightly moist spring through fall and water sparingly in winter. Water the potting mix and not the rosette because it can easily rot.
Propagation: Offsets can be cut off and potted in their own containers. Leaf cuttings can be propagated in spring and summer. Allow leaf to dry for 24 hours to stop the oozing of its sap. Push the cut end into moist potting mix. Do not cover the pot with plastic because succulents are likely to rot with excessive moisture. How to
Use in Floral Design: Once a succulent is cut, typically either mist them or soak them in water just to make sure they don’t dry out. Then wire or pick them depending on their application to the design. If left alone long enough the stems of the succulent will callus over and roots will begin to form. Once roots are visible they can be planted and will take on a whole new life of their own!
Care &Handling: Succulents can be grown either inside or outside but, like other plants, they need plenty of light. The amount of water required depends on many factors, like the type of container (terracotta dries out faster than other pots), the size of container, the height of container, time of year, position, heat, humidity etc. Most succulents are very hardy and, unlike many other plants, thrive on neglect (they require minimal care). If you are unsure as to how often to water them, leave it until the plant starts to shrivel slightly or go limp, then water well. Repeat this process.