What Is The Purpose of Thorns on The Cactus Plant?

What is the Purpose of Thorns on a Cactus Plant?

Cacti are beautiful plants. I mean that’s why you have a few of them around, right? We’re guilty of it for sure…

But with this good look, comes the grueling task of having to deal with the thorns, or rather spines as they’re usually referred to in botanical circles. Yes, they may add to the beauty of these plants (with a variety of colors and sizes). But what if they were a bit, say, tender?

Well, if the spines existed for the sole purpose of sitting around your home just maybe that would have been possible. But we all know where they were really meant to be – out there in mostly dry environments braving the harshest of conditions.

And these spines play a huge role in this coping. They’re an adaptation that has ensured the survival of cacti out there in places where a majority of floral is non-existent.

These thorns range from the long and blatantly don’t-mess-with-us types to the small, fine and yet vicious glochids. Despite this, their functions are more or less the same.

Purpose of Thorns on Cactus Plant

Let’s get to it!

Shade by day insulation by night

A thing with desert temperatures is that they’re always swinging to the extremes – day and night.

During the day, temperatures are sky high with the shining sun. As the day wears off and the sun disappears in the opposite direction, a downward spiral in readings kicks in resulting in very cold nights.

Now, these aren’t very nice fluctuations for any living thing out there. And that’s where thorns save the day for cacti.

Their numerous number on some species adds up to form a considerable amount of cover for the plant. So, during the day, the cactus plant is safe from the scalding hot sun (and the accompanying high temperatures). During the night when temperatures are bottom low, the cactus plant is kept warm by a thin layer of air – attributable to the thorns.

Protection from predators

A known fact: there is very little vegetation in the desert. But you know what?

Still, there is a considerable number of herbivores that need food in the same desert. They need vegetation to keep going. And water, of course.

Cacti would have been great sources for both of the above. Only that they would have been extinct by now, maybe. Most of these animals wouldn’t dare touch the cacti. So, definitely they have their thorns to thank for that.

Well, it’s true that some desert animals still have a way around the spines and do manage to get a bite (pack rats, bighorn sheep, desert tortoise etc). But it’s also true that the sharp thorns have kept away lots of others from munching the cactuses out of existence. I mean seriously, would you ever want to munch on something like a cactus, talk about very painful dental visit.

Diffusing Light

Cacti are light-loving by nature. Each part has to get plenty of it for the plants to grow accordingly.

But sometimes this is not possible largely due to the style of growth of some. For instance, shrubby ones. Light is going to reach just a few stems. Well, that’s if the cactus plant was just a smooth-stemmed structure. But bless the thorns –they split up light, evenly distributing it around the whole plant.

Water traps

In fog-prevalent deserts, thorns are quite instrumental in quenching the plant. They trap enough of this fog to turn it into water droplets that later find their way down around the base of the plant.

With the shallow root system common in cacti, the water is quickly absorbed by the plant. And the cacti live on.

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Air traps

As mentioned above, thorns trap air around cacti that is pivotal in the survival of the plant two major ways. Insulation is one. The other is water preservation.

The thin film of air reduces the rate of evaporation of water from the plant. As a result, very little of this water is lost to the atmosphere. In a desert setting, this is a huge deal.

Propagation

Certainly not all. Especially not the large ones.

Glochids are the ones that serve this purpose perfectly in some cacti plants like Cholla.

The glochids are tiny, numerous and get easily (and firmly) attached to a passing body due to their barbed shafts. That way, segments of the plant are carried from the parent to some other place where they form new plants upon being dropped.


Wrapping Things Up

That’s how these thorns have helped cacti survive in the wild. The thorns could be pointless now, you know, with all the care these plants get as houseplants. But their prickly parts are not going away anytime soon.

Who knows, maybe they will as they spend more time in pots. But, that will definitely take a lot of years.

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How to Repot a Cactus Plant (Beginners Guide)

How to repot a cactus plant

Repotting is an inevitable activity in the life of a cactus let alone any other succulent.

Due to the fact that it is always growing (just as any plant), it is bound to overgrow the initial pot. And this necessitates a change for your cactus to keep glowing.

Typically between 2-4 years, your cacti require repotting, don’t you wish you had a new home this often?

Right below, you’ll learn about repotting a cactus (the right way) without killing your plant.

First off…

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Requirements for Repotting Cacti

Repotting isn’t much different from the initial potting. Below is a recap of the requirements.

The right pot or planter

When it comes to choosing a pot for your cactus, the size and material are of utmost importance.

Usually, a pot made of clay like a terra cotta pot is preferred over a plastic one. The clay allows the roots to breath more easily which contributes to the general well-being of succulent plants.

Additionally, it boosts the drainage of the cacti potting mix hence providing just the ideal conditions for your cactus – scarce water.

On the size aspect, choose a pot that is neither too large or too small – depending on the size of the cactus you wish to pot. You want to make sure that there is just a bit of space between your cactus and the pot’s walls. A super small pot will choke up the roots ultimately killing the plant. A larger than life pot will lead to the soil mix retaining water, and you know that means for your cactus.

Also, don’t forget to ensure your pot has a few holes down there. A big enough and well flowing draining system will be crucial to your cacti’s growth.

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The proper potting mix

Cacti, being succulents, require a potting mix that is well-draining to provide the water scarcity condition that they’re adapted to. So your normal soil mix is a no-no. (If you’re looking for a premium cacti soil mix, here’s one we highly recommend from Superfly Bonsai).

Instead, you can grab a commercial succulent mix prepared just for your cactus. A typical cacti/succulent potting mix contains a small amount of organic materials, sand, perlite and sphagnum peat moss.

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Alternatively, you can prepare your own ideal mix at home as long as you have the ingredients – and it’s not some endless collection of stuff from the outer space, although that’d be pretty cool. Check out the ingredients your cacti soil mix will need.

  • Potting soil
  • Coarse sand
  • Pumice (perlite is also a good option here)

And the procedure is straightforward – mix the above ingredients with potting soil taking up a larger share of the combination while the other two ingredients sharing the remaining part equally.

For instance, 2 parts of potting soil can be combined with 1 part of coarse sand and 1 part of pumice/perlite.

To test if you’ve indeed ended up with the real thing, wet your mixture and try squeezing it. A good one should be coarse and crumby. If not, consider adding more of sand and pumice/perlite. The coarseness and crumbiness (is that a word?) is what allows your succulent soil to have a functional draining system.

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Repoting a Cactus Plant

Here’s a refresher for when you first pot a cactus

In case you aren’t well informed on how to properly pot cacti in the beginning, here is a quick reminder on what you need to do. Just follow the steps below, skip to the next section if you just want to learn how you can be repotting your awesome prickly cactus.

  1. Place a well-draining material at the bottom of your pot. Gravel is fine.
  2. Fill up the pot with a well-draining mix – commercial or homemade – up to a third way of the pot.
  3. Try placing your plant in the pot. This way, you get to know if the pot’s size is ideal for it. The cactus shouldn’t be too deep into the pot nor too high up. And should leave just a bit of space between it and the pot – remember above? And, please don’t forget to watch for spikes. A pair of tongs or even cacti gloves will cover you.
  4. If all is good with the size, hold the plant centrally and fill up the remaining space with more potting mix.
  5. Firm the soil by pressing it gently. Add some more it goes down considerably but be sure to leave some watering space at the top.
  6. Give the plant its first shot of water.
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Repotting a Cactus Plant

  1. Loosen up the soil in the pot by running a blunt knife or some other gardening tool in it. Be thorough at this to avert any possibilities of damaging the plant.
  2. Remove your cactus plant being careful not to come into contact with its pricks. In case the plant is quite huge, use a rolled up towel or actual gardening gloves.
  3. Rid the roots of large soil debris and see to it that you have individual roots separated from each other.
  4. Check the roots for any pests and diseases. Treat with appropriate chemicals. Also, nip off any dead ones.
  5. Prune the very large roots. Cutting these roots will help your plant grow with much more vigor.
  6. Allow the plant to dry out for up four days. This allows the roots that might have been hurt to heal hence eliminating any risk of rot in the soil.
  7. Follow the potting procedure above to install your plant in the ideal pot. But don’t water it yet. Give it up to a week before you water it.

After that, you can go back to your normal care routine.

 

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Repotting your cactus plant is mandatory to maintain the ideal pot size. And as long as you’ve taken your plants through the above treatment, you should do so without a problem.

Thanks for reading our repotting a cactus plant article, we hope you learned something new today in order to avoid getting pricked by the spiky thorns on cacti. Let us know if you have any tips that we didn’t share below!


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Crassula Ovata— the Jade Plant Succulent

Crassula Ovata Jade Plant

Ever heard of the phrase, “money doesn’t grow on trees?” I know I have…

Well, as per old Chinese divinity beliefs, it can grow money— at least on succulents. According to Feng Shui lore, simply placing some plant at the entrance of your house, office or business is what it takes to make big bucks.

The Jade Plant

The jade plant is widely associated with luck, riches and prosperity in the Asian communities. In China, you’ll find it mainly at the entrance of shops, restaurants and offices to attract customers and good fortune. The jade plant, also known as the dollar plant, is believed to attract riches due to its small, round-like leaves that resemble jade coins symbolic of wealth and success.

So serious is the belief, that the jade plant is usually placed on top of stocks and investment certificates during the Chinese new year celebration for higher stock value in the incoming year. (Talk about a bullish method).

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In most countries where these beliefs are upheld, this “good luck” plant is usually given as a gift in weddings, house warming and during a launch of a new business.

The Feng shui philosophy has it that the jade plant will attract money towards your house, office or business due to its “positive energy” emission.

Though multitudes may dismiss that as a myth, misconception or a Chinese fad, be that as it may, the jade plant is a popular household plant, not only in China, but globally. You’ll find it in Asian countries and even here in the United States.

So will a jade plant placed at the entrance of your house increase your bank balance, clear your credit cards, help you pay your mortgage quicker or grow those savings? Well, that’s quite iffy. One thing for sure, it’ll make a remarkable house plant in your living room.

Crassula Ovata

The jade plant is scientifically referred to as Crassula Ovata. Though previously known as Crassula argentea, it belongs to the genus Crassula and the Crassulaceae family. This particular succulent is loaded with hordes of common names: money plant, lucky plant, dollar plant, friendship plant, jade plant and pink joy.

Crassula ovata shares the name “money tree” with Pachira aquatica which also goes by the same nickname and both are believed to attract money according to Feng shui folklore.

Origin of the Jade Plant

Native to South African and Mozambique, this supposedly auspicious succulent has found its way around many households all over the world.

It does well both indoors and out in the open garden or landscape. The jade plant is mainly grown in temperate and tropical regions.

Characteristics of the Jade Plant

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Crassula ovata is a slow-growing, ever-green and thoroughly branched succulent that can last for generations under good conditions. It’s mainly recognized for its glossy, spoon-shaped, jade-green leaves that grow in opposite pairs. When grown in abundant light, the leaves become tinged with red.

Stems start off as green and fleshy but as the plant grows, they turn to brown and become woody. Mature jade plants have a miniature tree-like appearance, which makes them very aesthetically appealing as decorative houseplants.

The jade plant produces small, star-shaped, white or light pink flowers that are arranged in round clusters. The blooming takes place in winter or spring. The flowers are lightly sweet-scented and attract butterflies, bees and flies.

The following features make the jade plant unique…

  • Its miniature tree-like appearance makes it a charming indoor ornamental.
  • It’s very easy to propagate jade plants through stem and leaf cuttings.
  • Crassula ovata requires minimal care.
  • It is a disease-free succulent.
  • It can thrive when both grown indoors or outdoors.

How to Grow a Jade Plant

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This South African succulent does not need a lot of attention. It’s an easy grow plant, pretty forgiving if denied water once in a while and loves lots of sunlight.

To end up with a healthy jade plant, observe the following…

Light Requirements

Jade plants flourish in direct sunlight as well as bright, indirect light. The recommended light dosage for the jade plant is a minimum of four hours.

Insufficient light will cause it to have droopy stems and you clearly don’t want such morphology. Place it near a window or anywhere it can busk in the sun for healthy stem and leaf formation. Or you can use these indoor grow lights we found to be very popular.

It’s also worthwhile to note that during its growing stages, avoid placing it in the afternoon hot summer sun as this will lead to leaf scorch.

Ideal Temperature & Climate

The jade plant can tolerate a wide range of humidity and temperature, and even light frost. However, they can’t stand freezing – they’ll die.

They mainly love room temperature and during winter it should not be less than 10°C. They also prefer a well ventilated area.

Watering a Crassula Ovata or Jade Plant

Crassula ovata, like many other succulents, is “easy to care and hard to kill.” Hard to kill because of one thing – overwatering. Contrary to what you think, succulents don’t need a lot of water, much more every week. These are xerophytic plants that have adapted to surviving in desert conditions by storing water in their leaves.

Therefore, when you feed them water every time, their roots fail to take up the water leading to a damp soil – a disaster for their roots. Damp soil will cause their roots to decay and death will be inevitable.

So how often should you water your Crassula ovata?

It depends on three things: the weather, soil and the water storage capacity of the plant.

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The best way to know when to water your jade plant is by sticking your finger into the soil. Check whether it’s completely dry, in that case, it’s time to water the plant. If it’s damp, don’t water it. Wait till it dries out completely. Easy peasy.

While watering it, give it a generous pour and let the water drain in the soil.

Of course, you’ll water it very less frequently during winter since the plant is semi-dormant. Leave the soil mostly dry during this time.

If you notice foliage spotting and dwarfing in your jade plant, that’s an indication that you’re giving them less water than is recommended. However, as mentioned above, you can never go wrong with waiting for soil to dry out in-between watering.

Best Soil for Crassula Ovata

Crassula ovata flourishes on fast draining soil preferably specific to succulents and cacti. Wet soil is injurious to the plant as it makes it susceptible to pests, diseases and root rot.

It is possible to make a home-made cacti mix for planting the jade plant.

Simply mix portions of garden soil with equal amounts of pearlite or pumice to end up with well-draining soil. Here’s a great bag of soil we’ve found highly rated.

Also, jade plants can do well without a fertilizer. However, if you want to accelerate the growth process, then feed it every two months using liquid fertilizer during the growing season. (Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle of any liquid fertilizer you use, some are concentrates which need to be diluted before use. Otherwise your plants may be heading to the wrong direction before you can help save it).

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Propagating the Jade Plant

When it comes to propagating the jade plant, nothing could be easier. This can be achieved either through stem or leaf cuttings. Propagation through leaf cuttings is the easiest but stem cuttings might be quicker and with a higher success rate. Regardless of the method you choose, you should end up with healthy little jades in several weeks.

To propagate through leaf cuttings, simply pluck a healthy leaf from the base of the stem. Allow the cutting to dry for a few days. This is to avoid it to rot after you’ve planted it. You can alternatively dip it in rooting hormone. Stick the dried cutting in a commercial cacti mix soil that is well draining. If you don’t have access to a commercial cacti mix, simply mix garden soil with equal amounts of pearlite or pumice. Do not place the propagates in direct sunlight. Water them every few days.

In about two weeks, you’ll notice roots begin to form. Increase the sunlight after the plants are established and decrease watering to three times a month once the plants are mature.

The procedure is the same for stem cuttings. Cut out a stem from a mature jade plant, give it a day or two for the wound to dry. Stick it up in a well-draining cacti mix.

Stem cuttings will take between 6 to 8 weeks for them to be fully rooted. Leaf cuttings take longer, about 8 weeks to a few months after propagation. This is because you need to leave the plant to sprout and also to grow bigger.

Repotting the Jade Plant

Crassula ovata can remain a long time in pots and become root bound. You can repot a jade plant once in every two to three years or when it outgrows its pot.

You also want to repot your jade plant to a larger pot or container to prevent it from tipping over when it becomes top-heavy.

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Crassula Ovata Pests & Problems

Mealybugs

The jade plant is not susceptible to many pests. The most common insect pests attacking jades are mealy bugs. They harm the plant by deforming new growth. Use cotton wool dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe them off and do this for several weeks until you eliminate all the pests.

Aphids

These pests set up huge colonies and when not dealt with, they can get out of control and spread disease. Check the leaves for aphids and hose them off or use rubbing alcohol.

Drooping stems and a lanky morphology

These problems are as a result of insufficient light. If you notice any of these, quickly move your Crassula Ovata to a well-lit area, preferably next to a huge window.

Rotting roots

The usual suspect is overwatering. However, it can also be caused by cold conditions or a combination of both. If your plant is rotting, cut out the root before it spreads.

Shriveled stems and leaves

An indication that your Crassula ovata is clearly parched. Give it enough water and wait for the soil to dry out between watering.

Poison / Safety

Jade plants are mildly toxic to humans and poisonous to dogs and cats. (See more poisonous succulents to dogs and cats here). The toxic compound in jade plants remains unknown. When ingested, it can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach.

Where to Buy Jade Plants

You can get yourself a Crassula ovata at plant nurseries or home garden centers near you. Online stores such as Etsy and Amazon can serve as great alternatives too.

Better still, you can receive it as a gift from a close friend or family member. Take a look at our article for more information on where you can buy a variety of succulents from online to your local stores, it’s helped a lot of people.


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There you have it, everything you need to know about the unique characteristics of the jade plant, or the crassula ovata for you scientific growers. Be sure to share this with a friend if they need some information on this succulent plant.

Plant Car

Indeed at some point, while driving, you have wondered if you can have a plant inside your car, especially if you are a hobbyist with an extensive collection at home and want to give a little of that energy to your vehicle. And here the expected answer to the question: Yes, of course! You need to know and follow a few steps, and you will be fully prepared to have a little travel friend.

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What are the benefits of having a plant in the car?

It depends on the type of plant we select to have in our car can receive various benefits. One of the most universal and essential is the ability to purify the air that plants have; Although your vehicle already has implemented this, we can always use a plant’s help to keep the air inside our vehicle clean and fresh. Because who does not like to have a breath of fresh air when you enter your car? Plants also help to beautify the environment and give it a calmer and more pleasant vibe. If we choose a fragrant species, we will not only have an attractive and fresh environment, but it will also always be naturally scented. What’s better than that?

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Car Mirror Hanger Succulent: IG@ennadoolf

Considerations before having a plant in your car

When we want to maintain a plant in our car, we must consider that it is affected by many factors that can make things very difficult for the inside. For example, the environment can reach very high temperatures during the summer or very low in the winter. The most advisable thing in these situations is to choose a plant that resists temperatures very well. Keep one in the car during the summer and during winter, take it indoors until it is safe to return; and, during the summer, to make sure that the plant will not suffer from too high temperatures. We can help it if we leave a small part of the window open, so there is air circulation, and the heat does not suffocate the plant.

Another vital thing to remember is to get a stable place to locate our little friend; the cabin of a car can be an environment full of shocks, so we must make sure that it is safe in a place where it cannot suffer falls, a cup holder can be ideal for this. When parking the car, let’s not forget to look for a place where you can endow a prune of sunlight, but nothing so aggressive so that it does not dry out quickly. Speaking of drying out, we can never forget to water our plant. Being inside the car may cause the watering not to be the same way with our plants inside the house or in our garden, so we must be aware of when it needs a little extra water.

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What plants can I keep inside my car?

An extensive list of plants could be grown inside the car and would withstand the conditions, but the most practical ones do not need a wide or deep space to grow healthy. Scented geraniums are good candidates for this task; their scented leaves will keep the area with a pleasant natural smell.

We also have lucky bamboo, since it is grown in water, you can place it inside a cup holder in a container with enough water, and voila, it will give a natural and aesthetic touch to your space; take care that the water level does not drop too low. On the other hand, we have snake plants. They are resistant plants and can tolerate a wide range of light conditions. In addition, they are not affected as much if their soil is somewhat dry.

And of course, succulents are gorgeous, easy-to-care, and resistant plants; the car is a suitable environment for them since they are very inclined to need a lot of sunlight. In addition, perfectly support hot climates.

What kind of succulent do I choose for my car?

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Echeveria

The Echeveria is a quite resistant specimen of succulent, enduring periods of neglect, little water, and nutrients; this makes this species’ care quite simple and does not require constant attention. The leaves of Echeveria are fleshy, and often if they are not careful, you can leave marks on them because they are a bit delicate. Thanks to its origins in Central America, this plant prefers arid and desert climates, although it can withstand humid climates without any problem.

It is slow-growing and does not usually exceed 12 inches, producing baby plants nestled against the mother rosette, easy to separate and grow. Another way to develop one of these succulents is through a leaf, we only have to bury it shallowly, and in a few weeks, we will have a mother rosette.

When it comes to caring for a succulent, the biggest problem is excess water, and Echeveria is no exception. We have to water it moderately on hot and dry stations. It is imperative to let the soil dry completely before watering it again as it can present root rot problems; when the plant is too wet these occur. When the weather begins to get colder, we must protect it by keeping it at a relatively warm temperature.

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Hens and Chick

Its name comes from the habit of producing many babies; the hens and chick are succulent plants that grow well indoors and outdoors, both in cold & hot temperatures. A rockery can be the right place for raising chickens and chicks. This plant has excellent tolerance for poor soils and unwelcoming conditions. An underground corridor links the mother plant to the babies. Growing them is quite simple since they only require full sun and well-drained and sandy soil. They do not need much fertilizer and should be watered infrequently since this plant is used to very little water.

These may grow from seeds or by carefully separating one of the mother’s babies and raising it separately in another pot. This second option is recommended to be carried out from time to time since the plant produces so many children that there may be uncontrolled growth if you are not careful. The plant may suffer a delay in its development or even stop altogether. These plants produce a flower when they mature and must be plucked once they wilt; and, after about five years, the mother plant begins to die and must be removed, leaving only the babies on the pot.

How to Make a Succulent Corsage

How to make succulent corsage

Ah, corsages. Just thinking about them brings us right back to our high school prom! (Anyone have an embarrassing story they want to share?) But that’s not the only thing they’re good for. Mothers of the bride and groom often wear them at weddings, and they’re a nice touch if you’re going to a fancy event like a gala.

And they’re pretty!

But let’s face it… those traditional rose and baby’s breath corsages are kind of outdated. Florists put baby’s breath in pretty much every arrangement in the 1990s, so any corsage with baby’s breath in it screams vintage, and not in the cool way!

Corsages are easily updated by putting trendy flowers and plants in them, though. And what’s trendier than succulents?

If you want to learn how to make a succulent corsage that will be the envy of all your friends, then keep on reading!

How to Make a Succulent Corsage
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Materials You Need for a Succulent Corsage

To make a succulent corsage, you’ll need:

  • a corsage bracelet
  • plus satin ribbon
  • floral wire to make a bow
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If you’re not the craftiest person, like us, we found these large and small readymade pull bows— a great alternative instead of making our own. All you have to do is pull some strings and the bow will form itself! They come in all different sizes and colors, so you’ll be able to find one that fits your wrist and matches your dress.

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You’ll also need your favorite succulents, air plants or flowers to put on the corsage. We like to take one succulent cutting that’s bigger than all the others and make it the focal point of the corsage. Echeverias and Hens and Chicks are great for this because they have beautiful, colorful rosettes that look a lot like flowers!

For the smaller cuttings, we like to use Jade or Jelly Bean succulents because they have interesting leaf shapes and textures. Small flowers like Forget-Me-Nots also look great alongside succulent cuttings!

To secure all of these cuttings to the bracelet, you’ll need floral glue. You’ll also need some sharp scissors for this project.

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How to Make a Succulent Corsage
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Methodology Behind Making a Succulent Corsage

Before you begin, grab your corsage bracelet and lay it on a flat surface. If you’re making your own bow, get out the satin ribbon, floral wire, and your pair of scissors.

Making the Bow

To make the bow, cut a long string of ribbon off of the spool. You’ll form the bow by looping and twisting the ribbon, just like the woman does in the below video. Once you’ve formed the ribbon, you’ll secure it with some of the floral wire.

If you’re using a pull bow, get it ready by pulling the strings. If you need a little help, here’s a great video tutorial!

Next, you’re going to want to secure the bow to the corsage bracelet. Put a dab of floral glue in the center of the floral bracelet and on the bow you just made. Wait a couple of seconds for the glue to get tacky and then secure the bow to the bracelet.

Now grab your scissors and cut the loop in the center of the bow. This is where your main succulent or flower will go.

Attaching Your Succulents

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Grab the plant or flower cutting you’re using and put a dab of floral glue on the back. Put a little glue on the bow too to ensure that it sticks. Wait for the glue to get a little tacky and place the cutting on the bow, applying a little pressure to make sure it sticks.

Now you’ll want to take some small cuttings from your plants and attach them to the bow. Apply glue and tuck them in wherever you think they’ll look good. There’s no right or wrong way to place your plants!

If you want to get a little fancy, you can also add rhinestones or pearls to your corsage. You can attach them with a dab of floral glue. They’ll add a little extra glamour and elegance to your succulent corsage!

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Last update on 2021-08-02 / Amazon

You’re all done! Now all that’s left to do is leave the corsage out to dry for a little while. After it’s done drying, stick it in the fridgeit’ll stay fresh in there for about a week.

When you’re ready to wear it, adjust the succulent corsage bracelet to fit your wrist and show it off to all your friends!

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How to Make a Succulent Corsage
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Now that you know how to make a succulent corsage, are you going to try it? Let us know in the comments section below and post your creation to ur exclusive succulent- loving Facebook group!

For some inspiration, check out our Pinterest to help find the perfect succulents for your corsage. If you’ve made one already, please let us know too! We’d love to see them. Before you go, if you want a FREE 30 day trial to Amazon Prime, feel free to sign up here. Our team member just notified the entire team not too long ago that we partnered with Amazon for this!

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