Let’s talk weddings. There’s a lot of money and hard work that goes into planning your very special day. After months of anticipation, that one day comes and goes in the blink of an eye. And while you’ve probably hired an incredible photographer to capture the memories, you’ll still be left wanting more ways to preserve the momentous occasion. My wedding was almost 2 years ago (holy moly, time flies!) and one of the coolest things I did was “preserve” my wedding bouquet in a non-traditional way. If you incorporate succulents or other plants that are easy to propagate into your flower scheme, you’ll have a living reminder of your wedding day for years to come.
I honestly had no idea what I was doing in terms of propagating the succulents from my wedding flowers (pictured above). It sort of happened by accident. All I knew was that I couldn’t bear to see my pricey, beautiful bouquet wilt away and turn into compost. When the greenery and flowers started to diminish, I noticed the succulents were looking quite sprite after several days without water. I decided to snip the succulents at their stems and lay them out on my windowsill to see if they would grow roots. To my surprise, the succulents started sprouting roots within a matter of days!
Nearly two years later, I have a lovely succulent garden and even a few succulent babies. Succulents tend to be very hearty plants and are easy to maintain… even for someone who lacks a green thumb (ie: me). Not only do they look great, but they also serve as a living, breathing reminder of my wedding day. I reckon that’s a pretty special way to keep some great memories alive.
How to Propagate Succulents:
1. Snip the succulent at the stem. You can also save any healthy leaves that have fallen off during the cutting process.
2. Let the the fresh cuttings lay out for a few days (preferably in indirect sunlight) until the cut ends callous over. If you don’t wait for them to callous before planting, they’ll be more susceptible to rotting.
3. Plant the cut calloused ends of the succulents into the top layer of a fast-draining soil (you can buy special cactus soil).
4. DO NOT overwater the soil for the first few days. If anything, use a spray bottle to lightly spritz the top later of soil.
5. After your cuttings have rooted, water the succulents every week or when the soil feels dry to the touch.
*Disclaimer: I’m not a gardener. The instructions above are what worked for me and I hope they’ll work for you too!