Monday, Monday – I suck at succulents and other confessions

I was out most of last week tending to life, the family and everything. We did manage to spend some time outside and tackled a few projects.

As the title of the post states, I suck at succulents. For a long time I’ve gone about trying to keep them happy with my soil mixture of sand/potting soil and living outside when weather permits. For the most part, I’ve been unsuccessful and it made me sad. I was at the point of swearing them off and having to look upon their awesomeness at a distance. Michael convinced me that we should try one more time. We found what we hope is a good soil recipe to try (bonus is that we had all ingredients on hand) and we planted several plants in a variety of containers yesterday. I’m very excited to see how these do and I’m holding myself accountable for their survival via the blog. Otherwise, I’ll just toss them if they don’t do well.

Another confession is that I also suck at fuschias. I’ve tried several times to keep them alive for longer than a few months but inevitably, they perish. I had also sworn them off but I find them irresistible. I decided that if I am going to work through my succulent issue then perhaps I should also address my fuschia problem. We brought this planter home and discovered a few stems broke somewhere in transit. We dipped them in rooting hormone and set them on the ‘propagation station’. I will be thrilled beyond words if these root and we end up with multiple thriving plants this year and beyond!

We were also able to try leaf propagation with some of our rex begonias, which I’ll post tomorrow.

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