A couple years ago when we first moved to the Bay Area, Ella knocked a cactus plant off the shelf and onto my hand. I swore I'd never own a cactus for the rest of my life. I'll never forget those pin-like little suckers, as they were firmly implanted into my fingers for months! Hurt like freaking hell. I spent a few hundred bucks at the urgent care one day from an infection...talk about raging hatred towards something. Yep, I decided, no more cactus for me.
But something deep within me has changed. My heart has softened. Cactus (cacti??) are all the rage these days! I’ve learned over the years what little things make me smile. Sunshine. Dinners outside. A yummy glass of rose. Friends who make you laugh. A new dress. Date nights with my hubby. Foot massages. Perfectly fitting jeans. And…pretty plants! My mom is a landscape architect, and all my life I kinda rolled my eyes at plants. But now I’ve come to appreciate what they add to our minimalist style around here!
Try it! Find a bowl or planter you love. Here are a few pretty ones I like!
Layer the bottom with cactus / succulent soil, plant your little friend(s) in there, and then layer the top with a pretty white sand or teeny crushed rock (optional). I’ve found the secret to keeping these alive is to water them rarely - about once every one-two weeks. Don’t soak the soil, just dribble the water around the plants. (Side note: I also love air plants and have found the secret to keeping these alive is to fully soak them in water for a few hours exactly 1x a week).
Oh and I’m dreaming of the most beautiful fiddle leaf tree for my bedroom…any tips on finding a good one or keeping it alive? Here are some pictures of the little plant family I’ve started.
Here is a link to the cute white cactus pots I used. I looked for weeks for the perfect little white containers, and these were definitely the best I could find.
Happy planting, lovelies! (And see my favorite cactus tank below!)