Dish Garden Plants
5. Decide how you will view your succulent dish garden. If the dish garden is to be viewed from all sides, place taller plants in the middle and shorter around the sides. If the dish garden is to be viewed from one side, place taller plants in the back and shorter ones toward the front.
Dish Garden Plants
Dish gardens are, in effect, miniature landscapes. It is hard to find an office that does not have at least one bedraggled florist dish garden sitting on top of a desk or file cabinet. If you choose to make your own dish garden, you can choose more interesting containers and plants, and add unique touches using stones, driftwood, figurines and statuary, shells, lichens, birds’ nests, or other waterproof decorations appropriate to the style of garden you create.
Dish Garden Plants
LOCATION: Determine where you plan to grow your dish garden. You will need to select plant material that can live in the location you choose. Look at the temperature, light, and humidity, as well as available space (a large dish garden may not fit on your kitchen windowsill; a small dish garden with three or four tiny plants can live happily under your office desk lamp.)
Dish Garden Plants
Arrange the plants according to how the dish garden is most likely to be viewed. As a centerpiece, for example, you would want the tallest plant in the center, so that the display would be viewable from all angles. If the garden will only be seen from one vantage point, however, you would want the tallest plants in the rear. Don’t over-plant your garden for the sake of having it look immediately full. By adding fewer plants, you will have a healthier garden which will fill in quickly, and last much longer.
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Dish Garden Plants
Choose whether you will use established succulents from a garden center or if you want to start the succulent dish garden from cuttings. Using already established succulents will immediately create your succulent dish garden. On the contrary, with cuttings, it will take time before you can see the full results although this is absolutely free.
PLANTS: Smaller-leaved, slower growing plants are easiest to maintain in a dish garden, but just about anything can be used. It is important to choose plants that are compatible in their care requirements, and that will not rapidly outgrow the container. Start with plants that look slightly small, so that they have a little room to grow.
Normally, at this point of transplanting any potted plant, you would want to lightly loosen the outer roots of the ball. Because a slow growth rate is desired in most dish gardens, it is better to just leave the roots alone in this case. Remove the pots from two or three of your plants at a time, beginning with the tallest plants first. Set these plants into position, making any final adjustments as to where they will “face”. Fill in around each plant with fresh planting mix, and then continue with this process until all of the plants are in place. Add more soil as needed to fill in areas. Pack the soil gently, and water it lightly.
Dish Gardens Bring the beauty and serenity of nature into your home with our delightful dish gardens. Both beautiful to look at and easy to maintain, these mini gardens are filled with everything from rich green succulents to fresh flowering plants, and most containers can later be used as part of the décor.
With just a few things, a few minutes, and your creativity you can make a succulent dish garden. All you need are some succulents, a shallow dish, and soil. And the best part is that this will last for years with very little care.
Generally you will not have to fertilize your dish garden. The plants will seldom be in place long enough to deplete the nutrients from their soil, before they are moved on to a bigger planter. Of course, if the plants have been in the same soil for too long you can feed them, but use a VERY dilute 1/4 strength liquid house plant food.
CONTAINERS: Most dish gardens are planted in non-draining containers. This works okay, as long as you learn how to water in this situation. Look for unique containers such as antique boxes, baskets (lined), tureens, shallow bowls, etc., in fact, just about anything that will hold water. In general, shallow works better than deep, and will not be as heavy when wet. Bonsai containers are great for making dish gardens, as they tend to be shallow, and they have drainage holes.
Choose your favorite succulents of different sizes, colors, and shapes that will go well together to make an interesting dish garden. Choose plants that are in scale with the container you plan to use. Best to select succulents of same requirements (light, soil, water, etc.) and with same growing speed. Don’t buy too many succulents as they should fill the container but not overcrowd it.
Once you have your master plan worked out, you are ready to plant and landscape your dish garden. The plants can be easily removed from their pots, with their entire root structure unscathed, and ready for planting.
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Bring the beauty and serenity of nature into your home with our delightful dish gardens. Both beautiful to look at and easy to maintain, these mini gardens are filled with everything from rich green succulents to fresh flowering plants, and most containers can later be used as part of the décor.
Any shallow dish, saucer or tray that is at least about 4 inches deep can be used. The size of the container will depend on the number of plants you are planning to use. A terracotta container works great since it breathes and can let the soil dry out easier, it also looks fine.
Since these undemanding plants often have small root systems, you can pot them up in a shallow dish, saucer, or other container. They’re seldom bothered by pests or diseases, but be sure to give them well-drained soil, and water only when the soil feels dry, to prevent possible rot.
— If there are no drainage holes, lightly water the dish garden. In containers with drainage, water thoroughly, but discard any excess water collected in the saucer. It is important that the soil not stay saturated.
WATER: For a dish garden without drainage holes, the best method of watering is to water thoroughly, then turn the container on its side (hold soil in place with paper towels) and let the excess water run out. If the container has drainage holes, water slowly and evenly until some water runs out of the bottom. Allowing water to run through the medium helps to prevent soluble salt build-up, which can damage leaves and leave an unsightly crust on the soil surface or container rim.
—Remove plants from their pots, and place in the container. You may have to remove some of the soil from the root ball, in order to place plants close together. When handling spiny plants, use leather gloves or rolled-up newspaper to protect your fingers.
To pick up subtle colors in their leaves, grow your succulents in a ceramic pot with a complementary glaze. They also look great in simple clay pots or garden urns. You can plant them in large containers, too, and some succulents, like jade plants, will grow as big as the container will allow. Read the tags on your plants to learn about its mature size.
Most garden centers, and many grocery and discount stores will have a wide selection of small, inexpensive starter plants in 2½ inch pots. You will have no trouble choosing enough plants to finish your project.