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Vacation Sand Project: Succulent Planters!

Hey everyone! On my trip to the Dominican Republic, I fell in love with the amazing beaches there. They're white sand, and one of the top ten beaches in the world for a good reason. It's super fine, with no big chunks. {Note: Oddly, there were NO sea shells on any of the beaches!}. Instead of the usual touristy souvenir crap, I decided to bring home some of the white sand for a little project!

Our hotel room came with a mini bar, and we had several large one liter bottles of water in the room. I let one dry out in the warm air, and then ran down to the beach before bed to fill it up with sand.

Originally, I was leaning towards doing this project in some of the vintage blue Ball mason jars, and then changed my mind when I remembered that I still had these three adorable little tea cup planters that I scored last year out in Lancaster, PA. This project would also look tres chic in some vintage tea cups-sometimes I'll pick them up at garage or estate sales.  Mason Jars also work well-though I would recommend the smaller 1/2 pint size for this project.

I decided that I wanted to plant some succulents in them. They're super easy to maintain-they require a little bit of water a few times a month and they're good to go. They're great for people with busy schedules who are constantly on the road :)

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find them in your local gardening centers. Unfortunately, in NJ, I couldn't find any, so I decided to order them online. Since they're such hardy plants, they ship well without dying or damaging. I ordered mine online through Etsy.com, and had them at my house within a,  few days.

There are LOTS of different succulents to choose from in all different shapes and colors-it was hard narrowing it down to a few! In the end, I decided to go with Echeveria Lola, which are the rosette shaped plants. Mine are a pale green, with a hint of lavender (which I'm told will become a darker purple as they mature). I also ordered one Haworthia Reinwardtii, also known as African Pearl-they're native to South Africa.

After I unpackaged them, it was as easy as filling up my tea cups 3/4 of the way with my beautiful white sand. Place your plant in, and cover the roots with the remaining sand. Give them a little water as soon as you have them planted {I recommend using a spritzer bottle} and your done! Be careful to NOT over-water them-it's pretty much the only way to kill a succulent plant.

Echeveria Lola rosettes

Haworthia Reinwardtii, better known as African Pearl

Once your plants take root and mature, they're easy to reproduce! Just replant a shoot, and you'll have more ready for your next trip!

Til next Time!

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