Today’s Santa Succulent is a fun, last-minute gift for the plant lover in your life. (Or, for yourself.)
Really, this is for everyone reading today’s Christmas Countdown post, right?
Aren’t they adorable?
I saw these whimsical fellows at Greater Goods Marketplace in historic downtown Van Buren, Arkansas, and thought about how fun it would be to make these for Christmas gifts.
This time of year, vintage Santa mugs can be found front and center at resale and thrift shops everywhere. Many retailers sell cute reproductions too. The price seems to be about the same for vintage and new.
Pottery Barn has these options currently for sale.
These handmade Santa and Mrs. Claus mugs are priced at $9 and $8 at Daisy and Olives in Prairie Grove. Lots of personality in this iconic couple.
Now for the Planting Information
If you already grow succulents, take a cutting from an existing plant. Succulents are like magic—all parts of the plant will grow if put into soil. Or, head to your local nursery center. Most sell miniature succulents for a couple of dollars.
Since this is a last-minute Christmas idea, there isn’t time to order online. BUT, for future reference, check out these adorable miniature succulent cuttings available on Etsy from TheLovelySucculent. $6 will get you 5 small cuttings. A girl can’t have too many succulents.
Since Santa mugs don’t have drainage holes in the bottom, it’s a good idea to layer charcoal in the bottom before adding a potting mix suitable for succulents. Charcoal can be found at your local nursery too—it’s a special sort of charcoal, not the lump type Santa allegedly drops in the stockings of naughty girls and boys. Since succulents don’t like much water, they survive quite well planted this way.
Alrighty, our countdown to Christmas continues. See you tomorrow with more merriment.
Grace Grits and Gardening
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