Driftwood Succulents – Part One

When invited to attend a driftwood succulent workshop I thought, do I really need to take a class on that, seems easy enough right?  I signed up not expecting to learn the evolution of driftwood, the delicate techniques of planting succulents in driftwood, and making some new friends. All at my new favorite hang, The Potting Shed.

Jack, owner of The Potting Shed, said since it’s illegal to collect driftwood here in California, the driftwood he sells at his place is from Washington State. It’s sanded down, inspected then brought down here.  There are different varieties, and each has it’s own character and journey it’s made from the forest to the ocean.
To get started, here are the items you’ll need:
Driftwood (with hole for planting)
Popsicle stick
Bowl of water
2″ succulents (6-8 plants, yes that many!)
Wine & snacks (obviously)
Picking out a piece of driftwood probably took the most time. I wanted something really unique with a lot of character and a lighter gray color for a beachy look.
Choosing succulents is similar to arranging a container planting.  You’ll want a few for height, a few fillers, and spillers.  To mirror the color and texture of the wood, I chose gray succs and a few with a  touch of color.
Here we go!
Add a bit a soil in the wood. Start with a tall plant for the top (plant from the left to right). Then remove the majority of the soil from the root ball of the succulent.  Make sure the crown level of the plant is level with the wood.
Then start packing in a few medium height succs (alternate right to left).  
Tuck them in as much as you can.  You’ll be surprised at how many you can pack in using the popsicle stick! 
 Once you’ve packed in as many as possible (I ended up using eight), you can water and tuck in some sphagnum moss to help anchor in the plants as well as give it more green texture.
The wood does retain moisture so water as needed (usually about once a week). Some people like their succulents inside their home, although I don’t recommend it. I always keep my succulents outside where they get about a half day of sun. After a few weeks the succulents are rooted, and you can even hang it.
Thanks to the Jack at the Potting Shed and these fabulous ladies, I learned there was a lot more to creating driftwood succulents than I thought!
Amber Hukari – Guest speaker www.amberhukaricreative.com
Event organizer – Sandra from Charmed Crown Blog
Event Food by Smoqued BBQ restaurant 
Meads Green Door Cafe 
Laurenly Boutique 
Pardon My French nail bar 
HelloYou Candles 
Sweet Sensations 

2 thoughts on “Driftwood Succulents – Part One

  1. Hi there, Great tips by the way and thank you.
    I did have a question though. I’m hoping you can answer it for me since you seem to
    be pretty knowledgeable about gardening. Can you plant un-popped popcorn kernels?
    If you had some insight I would greatly appreciate it.

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