It so happens that plants with their fantastic green foliage make people happy. Flowers generate happiness and improve people’s moods. So there has never been a better time to beautify our gardens with some new houseplants.
Houseplants are good for your health — and not just for their visual beauty. In fact, extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your workspace, too.
You probably haven’t heard of jellyfish succulents before. After all, there are so many creative ways to enhance your natural surroundings, ideas on Pinterest are probably likely overloading your brain.
There is a new trend in gardening and we are ready to jump on this bandwagon right this very second. And once you see the jellyfish succulents, you will too.
A Jellyfish Succulent is when you plant a variety of succulents in a hanging basket included with vine-like plants that grow down whimsically towards the ground. This is what gives these baskets their jellyfish-like appearance.
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These incredible little plants require very little water or attention, in fact, they grow best when you leave them alone, watering them only when the soil is dry to the touch.
So, how to make one of these yourself for your garden? You will need:
- A lined hanging basket.
- Two types of succulent plants, one for the top of the basket to create the jellyfish, and another for the tentacles.
Putting it together:
- Fill the basket with a soil nearly to the top then plant five or six of the hanging succulents near the rim on the outside of the planter. Sedum morganianum, or Donkey’s Tail, was used for the jellyfish “tentacles.” It is best grown in full sunlight and needs moderate watering.
- Plant five to six of your chosen flowering succulents inside the hanging planter. Leave enough space between the plants to allow each plant to grow and create the “bulbous” jellyfish look. Echeveria, or Hen and Chicks, is a large rose-shaped succulent with fat fleshy leaves, available in several varieties and colors. It is a hardy drought-resistant plant that needs regular deep watering.
Hang your planter in a sunny south-facing spot if you’re in the northern hemisphere or north-facing if you’re in the southern hemisphere. You’ll notice blossoming at the top and lengthening of the tail after a few weeks.
Succulents grow in the most extreme environments on our planet like in dry, low-nutrient soil and well-draining soil. For best results, whether planting your succulents in containers or directly in the garden, you’ll need a “desert dweller” mix. Combine half potting soil with an inorganic product such as perlite which will provide a soil most succulents will thrive in as it mimics their natural habitat.
In nature these plants, depending on the season, may have very heavy rains in a short period and at other times little or no rain and survive on moisture in the air.
Bear that in mind when watering, an occasional soak until water drains out the bottom of the container will be beneficial. Other than that light watering twice a month should suffice. In other words, the soil should always be dry when watering.