So I read every review about this product on the Uncommon Goods site because I have nothing going on. (Kidding)! This is what I now think. Many are clueless as to how-to care for succulents. Those whose plants died or molded their wood frame over-watered for sure.
This is the deal:
- Routine watering is essential to keep container plants healthy, especially in summer if conditions are hot and dry. If you are hanging this piece outside where it gets super duper hot during the day then you need to press a finger in the box to feel the soil. Bone dry? Mist. Damp? Leave well enough alone. Use a water sprayer to lightly moisten the roots only when it's dry to the touch. You never want to over-water. With succulents, always error on the side of under-watering!
- In winter, keep succulents cool, about 50 degrees Fahrenheit and do not feed them with fertilizers. If hanging this piece outdoors in spring, place in a sunny spot when temperature begin to warm and plants show fresh growth. Many succulents can survive outdoors in the winter. Others can't. Play it safe and don't keep this planter outside when the temperature dips under 50 degrees. Find a nice and sunny indoor location for it!
- I was pleasantly surprised not only by the number (20) but the quality and variations of succulents that came with this kit. With this comes a responsibility! You must propagate! Tip: Use the offset (small, but complete daughter plant of the big plant) to propagate. Do this by letting the offset sit for a day, so that the stem forms a callus before potting.
- The product comes with the dirt and moss already to go with a plastic netting on top to keep all in place. The design works quite well as the details have been thought out for you. The moss is quite attractive.
- Try the pencil technique to drive a hole into the octagon spot where you're planting the succulent. Use a water sprayer to mist into the hole. Then plant.
- Reviews were griping about the price of this product. But I'm thinking myself...hmmm, you get 20 succulents that I'd easily pay $3-$4 a piece for. You could build the frame for roughly $20 but once you factor in the price of the succulents, tools and other supplies such as nails; you're way over the Uncommon Goods price. Not to mention it's much harder work gathering the supplies and assembling. Push the easy button!
- Most products that require any assembly have me running for hills (okay, calling for Tom). This was polar opposite. I couldn't wait to get my hands dirty and put it together. It was a blast! It's a showpiece that allows you to express your creative side. I couldn't stop playing with my succulents and kept rearranging them until they looked superb!
- The wood frame is made of reclaimed wood and mine exceeded all expectations. It has lots of dark and light color variations which make it both charming and rustic. This piece comes with the choice of a square or rectangle frame.
- It's not just as simple as.....put together and hang. You have to wait for the plants to take root and become established first. As the directions state, this could take up to 14 weeks. Rush and hang on the wall too soon and your plants may plop on the floor. Use it as a succulent centerpiece on your table until the plants have firmly taken root. Do the tug test. Then hang and enjoy!
- This piece is magical. I mean, really special. Even those who don't think they're into plants will love receiving this as a gift.
One succulent wall planter valued at $110!
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