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.
This article originally appeared in our April 2017 issue.