A post from Kelli–
So it’s no secreat that I have a black thumb. Nothing about my thumb is green. I have however managed to keep a poinsettia alive for almost 3 years….but I think my Grandma Kramer may have a bit of a hand in that one. Last summer, mom called me after a visit with Connie and told me that Connie had left something for me. I was super excited cause Connie always seems to know what I like–and this time was the same! She had taken an old flour sifter and put a few succulents in it. I took it home determined that I was going to keep these alive. I watered them regularly and put them by a window to get lots of light. As much as I tried, they didn’t last. I was super sad!
All summer, I’ve been meaning to stop at a greenhouse to grab a few new ones, but nothing has seemed to work out. Turns out, last week I had an insurance meeting at work and then a telemetry class to go to. I ran through Walmart to grab a few things and I happened to see Grandma Lois in getting her hair permed. I stopped by and chatted with her for a bit. It turns out, she needed some groceries and a few things at the greenhouse in Decorah, but wasn’t sure she would be able to get into the greenhouse (she has bad knees and has a hard time with stairs or walking very long distances). I told her that I didn’t have anything to do for the rest of the day, so I’d love to accompany her for a while and help her out.
As soon as her hair was done, we stopped my car off and I jumped in with her. Once we got to the Greenhouse, I helped her in (no steps!!! Wahoo!!!) and a wonderful guy working there helped us find all of the things that she was looking for. On our way out, I saw a few pots with succulents in them. I asked if they had individual plants and I was happy to find out that they did! I picked out a few and was getting ready to check out. I realized that I had no idea about what to do for soil and they kindly offered to mix some up for me, telling me that succulents do best with part sand and part dirt. He also said that the most common reason for killing succulents is overwatering. He recommended a spray bottle to spray them with periodically.
On my way home, I grabbed a few coffee filters at my Mother in Law’s (she drinks coffee all day long–literally) because I knew she’s likely have a few I could have. I got home and set to work getting my little beauties planted.
Before I knew it, I had them all planted and ready to go!
I’m hoping that with the right dirt and a better idea of proper watering, that I’ll be successful in growing succulents this time. If anyone has any advice to share, please do–God knows I’ll need all the advice I can get.