Friday, November 22, 2013

Growing Succulents in Glass

I made the coolest discovery recently.   I had heard that succulents could grow without dirt but had never tried it.  I have set cutting's out for an extended period of time and seen roots growing.  I know that many of you have found cuttings with babies laying on cement like I have.  Succulents are so cool aren't they!  And I have seen succulents growing in driftwood at different nurseries.  The roots burrowing into the soft wood.  But I have never tried to grow in a non organic material.  

A couple of months ago I was asked to speak at a woman's group.  I brought some succulent potting's and as just a pretty addition I put a cutting of Graptosedum 'Ghosty' in some purple glass that filled a shallow glass like vase.  It really looked pretty so when I brought it home I kept it.  Since the glass container didn't have a hole in it I didn't water it very often.

Graptosedum Ghosty

This is what it looked like right after I brought it home.  So I have kept it under the gazebo in my backyard all this time and just watched it.  It only got filtered light all day but the plant I cut it from gets more light and gave off tons of babies.  But before I knew it this cutting started to grow!  Since I am starting to put succulents away for the winter I needed to pop out this cutting and put it in the ground.

Empty vase

Here is the shallow vase after I removed the cutting.  I can still use the glass but there is some missing because I had filled it almost to the edge.

Craptosedum Ghosty

So here is the extra glass.  Look how much the cutting has grown!  It is a little elongated because it wasn't getting as much light.  But it is very healthy!

Roots entangled in glass

So wow!  Look at how the roots just grabbed a hold of the glass.  Simply amazing to me and now I think I will take the experiment a bit farther.  I am going to plant a few succulents in a bunch of glass and see what happens.  I would like to know if they will act the same.  Would this keep mealy bugs at bay?  Will they give off pups?  And just think, it makes the drainage excellent.  Pretty interesting don't you think?  I will let you know what happens.  But may have to wait till spring to start this experiment.

Have a great weekend!  Remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day! 


michaele said...

This falls into the "how cool is that?" category...and I say, with much enthusiasm, VERY COOL! Really makes me want to try it, also.

Anonymous said...

I just love this. Would it grow forever in this situation?

Claude said...

They would be alright at least for a season or two... but the glass doesn't have any nutrients, with occasional plant food everything should be cool.

Rock rose said...

I'm not surprised that succulent started to set down roots. That glass is gorgeous. I have a bag of pumice in which I start succulents. It is amazing how quickly they root. Eventually I pot them up in something better but I think they would be quite happy to live there if I was to give them nutrition in water. Good luck with your experiment.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

They would definitely need nutrient water to continue to thrive!

Mark and Gaz said...

That looks cool Candice! That's one of the great things about succulents, some of them can be grown as such or something similar which makes them extra easy and ideal to be creative with.

Julie said...

Well, this is cool!!! Good discovery, Candy!!!

daiseedeb said...

Wow! So creative! Hope all is well with you Candice and that your days are filled with joy!