Get succulent savvy with these expert tricks

These guys are sure to brighten up your office, even if it lacks windows
Southeast Succulents
Find Southeast Succulents at the Collective at Krog Street Market.

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

Gardener and artist Kurt Straudt, who founded Southeast Succulents in Decatur in 2009, shares his tricks for growing a trendy mini garden of desert-loving plants this spring.

Three is the magic number.
In a small container, combine a trio of succulents, pairing a tall plant, a trailing plant, and an eye-catching plant. Straudt’s picks for the season: jade, with its tree-like shape; string of pearls, which spills out of the pot; and the spiky, pinkish echeveria.

No sun, no problem.
Succulents are known as sun-lovers, but some—like South African Haworthias—can survive in low-light environments. “They make good desk plants, even if your office lacks windows,” Straudt says.

Grow your own.
“Propagation is very easy; you don’t need to be an expert gardener,” Straudt says. His tip: Gently twist off the leaf of an existing plant, place it on top of the soil, and watch it grow.

Southeast Succulents
Hint: Pot succulents in a mix of one-third parts gravel and two-thirds parts soil. (The gravel will help it drain.) Allow soil to dry completely between waterings.

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appeared in our April 2017 issue.