Senecio rowleyanus (also curio rowleyanus) is a popular hanging succulent known as String of Pearls. It is native to the hot, dry climate of East Africa and grows as a terrestrial plant in its natural habitat. The cascading succulent features long, vine-like stems with spherical, pea-sized leaves, looking like a green pearl necklace. The String of Pearls succulent is also called String of Beads, String of Peas, and Rosary Vines. The trailing vines and plump, grape-like leaves look beautiful in planters, hanging baskets, vertical gardens, and as groundcover.

String of Pearls plants are well-loved for their attractive appearance and their general low-maintenance. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or new to the hanging succulent scene, String of Pearls is the perfect plant for you! Let’s look at how to best grow and care for your String of Pearls indoors and outdoors:

Sunlight

The String of Pearls succulent thrives with a combination of direct and indirect sunlight for duration of at least 6 to 8 hours. As an indoor plant, it will need to be near a window with strong natural light. If you don’t have any bright indirect light indoors, you can also place the succulent 6-12 inches under a fluorescent for about 12 to 16 hours.

As an outdoor plant, the succulent will need some shade as well as direct sun. String of Pearls tends to burn fairly easily in prolonged direct sun. As a result, people will usually allow the plant to bask directly in the weaker morning sun and then place it in a spot with partial shade or more diffused light during peak afternoon sun. In the fall and winter months, the succulent can endure more direct sunlight and less shade.

Temperature

Coming from East Africa, it isn’t surprisingly that String of Pearls succulents love warm weather. The succulent grows best in warm temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit from spring months to the fall. The average indoor temperature for a String of Pearls should remain between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. String of Pearls plants are not frost tolerant, so during the winter months, they can only endure temperatures around 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Move your String of Pearls indoors during cold winter months and keep them away from drafty, air-conditioned areas.

Watering

String of Pearls succulents are particularly sensitive to over-watering since they have shallow roots. As a rule of thumb, water them once of every 2 weeks or once a month during winter months. Make sure the top soil is at least a half-inch dry before watering again. If you plant String of Pearls as terrestrial ground cover, determine your watering frequency depending on the amount of rainfall and sunlight your landscape receives.

For a homemade moisture meter, we suggest simply using a toothpick. Place the toothpick in your planter’s soil before watering and check back regularly to see when the toothpick is dry. When the toothpick is dry, your succulent soil is ready for more water.

Soil

Like all succulents, String of Pearls plants need well-draining soil to prevent soggy roots and eventual root rot. In order for succulents to dry out quickly, they need a gritty, textured soil that provides good airflow. String of Pearls particularly enjoys sandy soil or cactus soil mix. However, any potting mix will do. To make your own, take 3 parts potting soil and mix it with 1 part sharp sand.

In addition to soil, make sure you plant the succulent in a pot that has drainage holes. In addition, terracotta or ceramic clay pots are good choices to draw excess moisture from the soil. But keep in mind: even the best succulent soil and pot will not save your plant if you overwater it.

Propagation

String of Pearls will live for 5 years if cared for properly, but they can keep living continuously through propagation! These succulents grow fast and propagate easily. All you have to do is make some stem cuttings several inches in length, allow the cuts to heal and seal over, lay the cuttings flat on top soil, and wait for them to take root. For more information on propagation, read our article How to Propagate Succulents in 5 Easy Steps.

Flower Blooms

In addition to their beautiful bead-shaped leaves, String of Pearls succulents also boast gorgeous seasonal flower blooms. The unique white flowers tend to bloom in the spring or summer months and have a cinnamon scent. In order to boost your succulent’s chances of blooming, make sure to keep your String of Pearls cool and dry during the winters months—a handy trick to stimulate the flowering process come spring! However, make note, String of Pearls rarely bloom as indoor houseplants.

Toxicity

String of Pearls succulents are toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Though the plant will not prove fatal to either, the consumption of the plant could result in stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea. The succulent also produces a sap that can be irritating to skin or produce a rash upon contact. If you plan to keep a String of Pearls plant indoors, ensure it is in a safe, high place to keep it away from pets or children.

Got any succulent questions? Drop Tampa Succulents a comment below!

Looking for a succulent to go bananas over?

We’ve got you covered!

Closely related to the String of Pearls succulent, the String of Bananas (Senecio radicans) trailing succulent is native to South Africa and characterized by its glossy banana-shaped leaves that grow on long, hanging stems. Some people find the String of Bananas succulent to be easier to care for than the String of Pearls succulent because its tendrils are thicker and less prone to break. In addition, the String of Bananas grows faster and is not as likely to dry out like the String of Pearls. String of Bananas can ultimately grow up to 36 inches long!

The String of Bananas succulent is commonly grown indoors as a houseplant because it is not frost tolerant. If grown outdoors, this succulent needs warm weather year round. Like other hanging succulents, the String of Bananas plant looks beautiful in hanging baskets, growing upward in trellises, and in vertical gardens.

String of Bananas succulents are well-loved for their attractive appearance, fast growth, and their general low-maintenance. Whether you’re an expert gardener or new to the hanging succulent scene, String of Bananas is the perfect plant for you! Let’s look at how to best grow and care for your String of Bananas indoors and outdoors:

Sunlight

If grown indoors, the String of Bananas succulent will need about 6 hours of bright, indirect light. If you don’t have a location in your home that gets strong natural light, you can also place the succulent 6-12 inches under a fluorescent light for about 12 to 16 hours. If the String of Bananas does not receive enough light, you will be able to tell when the banana-shaped leaves become more spaced out along the stem. If your String of Bananas is in low light, it will not grow much at all.

As an outdoor plant, the succulent will need some shade as well as direct sun. Keep it out of hot, direct sun during the summer months since it will burn. People will usually allow the plant to bask directly in the weaker morning sun and then place it in a spot with partial shade or more diffused light during peak afternoon sun. In the fall and winter months, the succulent can endure more direct sunlight and less shade.

Temperature

Even though String of Bananas originates from the hot, arid temperatures of South Africa, they still enjoy and flourish in normal household temperatures. As an outdoor plant, the String of Bananas cannot survive in extremely cold temperatures. If you’re in a region that remains reasonably warm year round, your String of Bananas should be okay. If not, bring your String of Bananas indoors for cooler seasons and be sure to keep the succulent away from gusty air conditioning or heating vents.

Watering

String of Bananas succulents are hardy, hanging plants. They are extremely drought-tolerant and have low water needs. There isn’t necessarily a strict watering schedule you need to follow. As a general rule, water your succulent about every 2 weeks or until the soil has been able to dry out. Like the String of Pearls succulent, the String of Bananas succulent is susceptible over-watering and root rot.

In the winter, the String of Bananas will enter a period of dormancy. As a result, the succulent will require less water. Provide just enough moisture to prevent the soil and plant from becoming bone dry.

For a homemade moisture meter, we suggest simply using a toothpick. Place the toothpick in your planter’s soil before watering and check back regularly to see when the toothpick is dry. When the toothpick is dry, your succulent soil is ready for more water.

Soil

Like all succulents, String of Bananas will need well-draining soil to prevent soggy roots and eventual root rot. In order for succulents to dry out quickly, they need a gritty, textured soil that provides good airflow. String of Bananas will enjoy any regular succulent soil or cactus soil mix. However, any potting mix will do. To make your own, take 3 parts potting soil and mix it with 1 part sharp sand.

In addition to soil, make sure you plant the succulent in a pot that has drainage holes. Terracotta or ceramic clay pots are also good choices to draw excess moisture from the soil. But keep in mind: even the best succulent soil and pot will not save your plant if you overwater it.

Propagation

These succulents grow fast and propagate easily. All you have to do is make some stem cuttings several inches in length, allow the cuts to heal and seal over (which can take about 3 to 7 days), lay the cuttings flat on top soil, and wait for them to take root. For more information on propagation, read our article How to Propagate Succulents in 5 Easy Steps.

Flower Blooms

In the fall and winter, the String of Bananas bloom small, fuzzy lavender, white, or yellow flowers that have a faint cinnamon scent similar to the String of Pearls’ annual blooms. The puffy flowers tend curve upwards and some say they aren’t as fragrant as the String of Pearls’ blooms. If your String of Bananas is strictly indoors, it will likely not have seasonal blooms.

Toxicity

String of Bananas succulents are mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested. Though the plant will not prove fatal to either, the consumption of the plant could result in stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea. The succulent also produces a sap that can be irritating to skin or produce a rash upon contact. If you plan to keep a String of Bananas plant indoors, ensure it is in a safe, high place to keep it away from pets or children.

 

Got any succulent questions? Drop Tampa Succulents a comment below!

Join Tampa Succulents and BarrieHaus Beer Co. on July 22nd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an unbeleafable night out drinking craft beer and creating beautiful, personalized succulent arrangements. Enjoy BarrieHaus Beer Co.’s warm, rustic atmosphere in the historic Ybor City district at their location on 1403 E. 5th Avenue. Try a variety of unique craft lagers and ales, dabble in some much-needed succulent therapy, and celebrate BarrieHaus Brew Co.’s latest beer launch!

While you enjoy your artisan beverage, Lisa Kimball of Tampa Succulents will personally teach you step-by-step how to make a beautiful succulent planter of your choice! Take home your own personalized masterpiece that will last for years to come.

Succulent Planter Options:

-BarrieHaus Brew Co. Beer Can Trio ($40)

-5” Ceramic Succulent Planter ($40)

-8” Ceramic Succulent Planter ($6)

 

Your event ticket includes:

-The succulent planter of your choice and the succulents needed to make a beautiful arrangement!

-Succulent mix/soil

-Moss/rocks/soil cover

-1 beverage of your choice to enjoy during the workshop!

 

**Extra succulents will be available on-site to purchase.

Purchase your tickets here.

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BarrieHaus Beer Co. is a community-centered microbrewery located in Tampa, Florida. Their love of innovation, passion for family tradition, and enjoyment of world-class lager beers is 150 years strong. BarrieHaus serves unique craft lagers and ales to families and friends to relax and enjoy in their one-of-a-kind historic location in Ybor City. Explore their family’s rich brewing heritage, peruse their menu, pre-order beer, and buy beer bonds or merchandise at https://www.barriehaus.com/

It is now more popular than ever to decorate your home with bright splashes of greenery, and succulents make the perfect low-maintenance houseplants. If you love succulents and your pets, then you have most likely worried about both coexisting together in your home. One of the most common questions about succulents is if they are toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets. The answer? It depends.

Fortunately, most succulents are completely harmless to pets. In addition, most animals instinctively avoid eating succulents because they do not smell or taste appealing to them. However, as a pet owner, it’s important to know which succulents are safe to keep indoors if you are worried about your pet potentially consuming them. Let’s look at 8 nontoxic succulents and 5 toxic succulents for pets:

8 Nontoxic Succulents Safe for Pets

Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)

Sempervivum plants are beautiful succulent perennials made up of tufted leaves that form lovely rosettes. These succulents are low-growing, compact, and work great as groundcover. In addition, sempervivum plants easily multiply and grow in clusters, which earns them the nickname “hens and chicks” because it appears that the small, baby sempervivum tightly cluster around the more mature sempervivum like chicks around a mama hen. These low-maintenance succulents are great for beginners as they thrive in hot or cold temperatures with either low or strong light.

Sedum Morganianum (Donkey’s Tail or Burro’s Tail)

Native to Mexico and Honduras, these popular perennial evergreens usually hang in baskets due to their long, hanging stems that can reach up to 60 centimeters. The plump, blue-green leaves are rounded and fleshy, and they tightly cluster on the long stems like densely packed grapes. The donkey or burro’s tail even blooms terminal red-pink flowers in the summer time. Though the leaves fall easily, each leaf can be used to propagate an entirely new plant! This low-maintenance succulent can tolerate most soils as long as there is good drainage.

Echeveria

Echeveria are one of the most popular types of succulents. They are frequently used in succulent gardens, arrangements, planters, and terrariums. Echeveria come in many different shapes, colors, and stem types. They can have tight, short stems or hanging stems. Native to Central America, these rose-shaped succulents have many hybrids and varieties that are easy to grow, care for, and propagate. The charming rosettes have plump, smooth leaves meant to store water, so these succulents are also drought-tolerant.

Haworthia

Haworthias are very popular indoor succulents because they can grow in low light. In addition, these succulents grow slowly and are usually small, making them ideal for indoor planting. A popular variety of Haworthia is the Zebra Plant, which sports thin, dark green leaves that are pointed like the aloe plant. However, the horizontal white ridges and white bumps set it apart and make it look like zebra stripes. Low maintenance and easy to propagate, the popular zebra succulent is often grown indoors for its attractive appearance. These succulents are delicate and small, only growing 5 to 8 inches in height. Ideal for indoors, they prefer indirect sunlight and can even tolerate shade for short periods.

All Aeoniums

Aeoniums are native to the Canary Islands and found blooming in Madeira, Morocco, and East Africa. These succulents have dense, waxy leaves and form beautiful rosettes. They come in different varieties of color, shape, and size. Aeonium Kiwis feature a combination of yellow, green, and red; they also produce yellow flowers in the spring. Another striking variety is the Black Rose Aeonium known for its dark purple leaves that look almost black. The Aeonium Canariense, or Giant Velvet Rose, grows very large rosettes. However, this aeonium dies after flowering.

Graptopetalum Paraguayense (Ghost Plant)

This beautiful perennial is native to Mexico. The thick, fleshy leaves are in the shape of triangles and form gorgeous rosettes. The Ghost Plant sports pretty pastel colors and can range from pale blues to light purple. In full sun, the succulents can turn translucent and pink. In extreme heat with little moisture, the Ghost Plant can turn gray with dusty pink tones. In shady conditions, the Ghost Plant will turn blue-gray. The stems of the plant can hang or trail as they mature. This succulent is an attractive plant for groundcovers, hanging baskets, in potted containers, or floral arrangements.

Christmas Cactus (Thanksgiving Cactus or Easter Cactus)

This winter-blooming cactus grows beautiful red-pink flowers during the holiday season. Commonly planted indoors in pots, these cacti prefer partial shade instead of full sun. Christmas cacti are popular houseplants that are easy to care for and easy to propagate. They can grow very large and live for a long time. Keep these beautiful cacti in mind for any holiday gift giving!

Opuntia (Prickly Pear Cactus)

Opuntia, or prickly pear cacti, are known for their wide, flat “pads” or “paddles.” This cacti is safe for humans and pets alike—the pads, flowers, and fruits are usually safe to eat after cleaning.  Most varieties of the prickly pear have detachable spines and tufts of sharp bristles, so be sure to wear thick gloves or long sleeves to avoid being poked when caring for them. The flowers that bloom from the prickly pear appear mid-summer and are a bright, cheery yellow. This cacti is extremely drought-tolerant and thrives in gravelly, well-draining soils.

5 Toxic Succulents Not Safe for Pets

Aloe (Aloe Vera)

The Aloe plant is an incredibly popular succulent to own because it is widely considered a medicinal plant for humans to use. This succulent is recognizable by its thick blade-shaped foliage edged in teeth. You most likely know of Aloe Vera because it is a common remedy to use the gel inside the succulent leaves to treat topical burns. Unfortunately, Aloe Vera is toxic to cats, dogs, birds, lizards, and other pets due to the saponin contained in the plant. Saponin is a naturally-occurring substance often used in detergents as an emulsifier. When ingested by a pet, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, loss of appetite, or a change in urine color.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The Snake Plant is a very common indoor succulent because it can thrive in low-light, making it ideal to grow in the home. It has wide leaves that grow straight up and taper to a point at the top. It is known for its tropical aesthetic because of the tall, striped leaves and color variations. Though it makes perfect indoor decoration, the Snake Plant is toxic to dogs, cats, and other pets because it contains saponin, an ingredient often added to make laundry detergents soapy. When ingested by a pet, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, loss of appetite, or a change in urine color.

Fiddle Leaf (Panda Plant, Philodendron bipennifolium)

The Fiddle Leaf Philodendron is a leafy, tropical succulent with show-stopping foliage. Its easy growth and low-maintenance make it an ideal houseplant to add some exotic flair to the home. However, the glossy green leaves contain insoluble calcium oxalates, a common mineral in plants. However, when ingested by pets, it will cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty swallowing.

Jade Plant (Crassula argenta)

Jade plants are popular plants to decorate the home with due to its botanical, tree-like appearance. It has glossy green, oval-shaped leaves that look beautiful lining bookshelves, coffee tables, or front porches. The toxic element in the Jade plant is currently unknown, but when ingested by pets, it causes vomiting, lethargy, a low heart rate, and incoordination.

Kalanchoe species

Kalanchoes are beautiful, soft succulents known for their showy, tropical flowers that can bloom in cold winter temperatures. They derive from the Crassulaceae family. They have wide paddle-shaped leaves that can be edged in red, have short, fuzzy hairs, or have many frilled leaf edges. Unfortunately, the Kalanchoe species contains cardiac glycosides, a naturally-occurring poison that can severely affect the heart of both pets and humans. When ingested, the toxin can cause irregular heartbeats, an elevated heart rate, labored breathing, weakness, collapse, and potentially death if left untreated.

 

These are just a few of the most popular succulents that are nontoxic and toxic for cats, dogs, or other pets. There are plenty of other nontoxic options out there, but, if you have pets, be sure to do some research before introducing any new succulents or cacti into your home. If you suspect your pet has consumed a succulent, try to identify the plant and contact your veterinarian or a poison control center if the plant is poisonous.

Visit Tampa Succulents’ online store to create your next beautiful succulent arrangement both you and your pets can safely enjoy!

If you’re a succa for beautiful planters and fizzy, fruity drinks, then our next DIY Workshop is for you!

Join Tampa Succulents and Flower Crown Kombucha July 20th from 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. for an unbeleafable night out creating personalized succulent planters and drinking delicious kombucha! Enjoy Flower Crown Kombucha’s atmospheric taproom on 1607 N. Franklin St. and the crisp, tropical flavors of fan favorites: Pineappley Ever After, Key Lime Mojito, Mexican Hippie, and Pink Passion Fruit.

While you enjoy your artisan beverage, Lisa Kimball of Tampa Succulents will personally teach you step-by-step how to make a beautiful succulent planter of your choice! Take home your own personalized masterpiece that will last for years to come.

Succulent Planter Options:

-Flower Crown Kombucha Can Trio ($45)

-5” Ceramic Succulent Planter ($45)

-8” Ceramic Succulent Planter ($70)

 

Your event ticket includes:

-The succulent planter of your choice and the succulents needed to make a beautiful arrangement!

-Succulent mix/soil

-Moss/rocks/soil cover

Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages!

 

Click here to purchase your ticket!

Keep an eye out at Tampa Succulents’ and Flower Crown Kombucha’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the upcoming giveaway!

 

Giveaway Prizes for You and a Bestie:

-A mixed-and-matched 6-pack of Flower Crown Kombucha cans

-3 Kombucha Can Trio Succulent Planters

 

Flower Crown Kombucha is serving up a different kind of brew in Tampa Heights’ first-ever kombucha tap room! Founded out of a true love for the crisp, magical beverage, Flower Crown Kombucha has been refining the art of the perfect Kombucha brew since lead brewer Phil first tried kombucha in 2011. Fun, fizzy, fruity, and bold, Flower Crown Kombucha hopes to delight the Tampa community with this effervescent, artisan beverage! Whether you want to sample a flight, enjoy a glass on tap, or buy cans and growlers to take home—their kombucha is a local favorite you will come back for! Interested in renting out their elegant, industrial taproom for an event? Visit their website at https://www.flowercrownkombucha.com/ to learn more.

Instead of framing a picture, frame a beautiful vertical garden of succulents! The lush greenery, vibrant colors, bold shapes, and eye-catching textures will brighten up any indoor or outdoor space! Succulents are an ideal choice for these charming wall displays because they grow slowly, need little water, and last for many years.

Interested in creating your very own living succulent mosaic? Good news! Tampa Succulents offers DIY Living Succulent Picture Kits and ships them nationwide, so you can build and design your own succulent wall garden!

Kit Materials: Your choice of a 6×6, 14×14, or 14×24 wood frame with a wire mesh insert, enough succulent cuttings to fill the frame, and sphagnum moss already inside the frame.

Our succulent cuttings for the Living Picture Kits consist of 85% sempervivum cuttings, 15% echeveria cuttings, and other accent cuttings. We have found these succulents to work best for living succulent pictures because they have shallow root systems that are perfect for growing onto the wire mesh frame. Initially, these succulents will look similar but, upon maturity, will develop varying shades of red, purple, and green for a truly vivid garden.

How to Plant a Living Succulent Picture

  1. The first step to planting your living picture is to dampen the sphagnum moss already inside the frame.
  2. Once you have your unique layout and design decided, it’s time to start planting! Take the baby succulent cuttings and place the stems in the planting holes. Make sure to allow the leaf rosettes to rest on top of the wire. Plant as close together as the grids will allow, but don’t worry if there are small gaps—the succulents will fill these in once they grow and expand! Move and rearrange succulents as needed.
  3. Once your succulents are planted, take any extra moss to add finishing touches or fill in any open spaces as desired.
  4. Finally, lay your succulent picture frame flat in a cool but bright place out of direct sunlight. It will take about 2 weeks for the succulents to start forming roots in the soil, and it will be anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks before fully secure roots are formed. Then, it’s time to put your living succulent picture on display!

How to Care for a Living Succulent Picture

  1. Do not water your living succulent picture for the first 2 weeks after planting. Place the picture flat in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and let your succulents take root in the soil. If your sunlight comes from an angle, consider rotating your frame every few days so the succulents receive even sunlight and do not start leaning.
  2. Once the succulents are starting to root and the 2 week period has passed, it’s time to water your succulents for the first time! Evenly drench the frames with about 2 to 3 cups of water. Once it is drained, lay the frame flat in bright, indirect sunlight for the succulents to continue growing and taking root.
  3. Continue watering about once a month or when the moss is dry. You can even test the dryness of the moss and planter with a wooden toothpick. Leave this in the planter when watering and afterwards, so you are able to see if the moss is dry or moist— just like a baking cake!
  4. Once your living picture is ready to be hung up indoors or outdoors, make sure your succulents have access to bright, indirect sunlight. You can slowly introduce them to direct sunlight once they are more mature. Continue watering your succulents about once every month, taking the frame off the wall and making sure your frame is fully drained and dry before hanging back up.

Happy Planting!

Botany plants lately?

Join Tampa Succulents at our pop-up events with our lovely local partners!

Step-by-step, we will teach how you to make a beautiful succulent planter of your choice while you enjoy the fun atmospheres our local partners provide! Take home your own personalized masterpiece that will last for years to come. Your ticket includes: a living picture frame or succulent planter, succulents, succulent mix/soil, moss, rocks, soil cover, and a drink of your choice. It’s the perfect night out for family, friends, or co-workers!

Keep an eye out for our upcoming pop-up events at Tampa Succulents’ Facebook and Instagram.

A big shout-out to our wonderful local partners! Learn more about them below:

BarrieHaus Brewing Co. is a community-centered microbrewery located in Tampa, Florida. Their love of innovation, passion for family tradition, and enjoyment of world-class lager beers is 150 years strong. BarrieHaus serves unique craft lagers and ales to families and friends to relax and enjoy in their one-of-a-kind historic location in Ybor City. Explore their family’s rich brewing heritage, peruse their menu, pre-order beer, and buy beer bonds or merchandise at https://www.barriehaus.com/

Hampton Station Pizza is a New York style pizza and wings joint located in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. This neighborhood favorite serves low-key vibes and the best wings and pizza around. Enjoy their refreshing selection of craft beers and wines in the trendy upcycled gas station decorated with old albums and concert posters. Discover this hidden gem for yourself at http://www.hamptonstationpizza.com/

Tampa Casita is a home and living shop located in Tampa Heights. This lifestyle gift shop serves colorful coastal vibes and is stocked full of beautiful products sourced from women-owned brands, POC-owned brands, local artists, eco-friendly brands, and companies who give back to society with their profits. Explore and shop their fun, tropical products at https://www.tampacasita.com/

Market on Florida is a traveling pop-up experience in Seminole Heights, Tampa. More than simply an event, Market on Florida is an experience. Enjoy low-key vibes, great food, local art, handmade goods, vinyl, vintage, plants, tarot, and more while supporting local vendors. For more information on their upcoming events, visit @themarketonflorida on Facebook and Instagram.

Berkeley Prepatory School is an independent school leader with an innovative curriculum that inspires intellectual curiosity, empathy, and social responsibility in its students. In a positive learning environment, students of all talents are welcomed and encouraged to pursue their passions, reach their full potential, and make a difference in the world. Learn more about Berkeley Prepatory School and their mission at https://www.berkeleyprep.org/

Cigar City Cider & Mead is located in the heart of historic Ybor City, Tampa. Whether you are a mead connoisseur or looking to explore beyond the beer scene, Cigar City Cider & Mead offers a diverse selection of quality ciders and meads brewed with 100% natural Florida-grown ingredients. Their cozy and historic tap room is a must-visit as you stroll through Ybor City. Try a flight of inventive ciders or meads exclusive to their tasting room and enjoy the historical ambiance. They also offer their famous Hard Cider and Homemade Apple Pie Cider in 6-pack cans. Learn more at http://www.cigarcitycider.com/ 

Flower Crown Kombucha is serving up a different kind of brew in Tampa Heights’ first-ever kombucha tap room! Founded out of a true love for the crisp, magical beverage, Flower Crown Kombucha has been refining the art of the perfect Kombucha brew since lead brewer Phil first tried kombucha in 2011. Fun, fizzy, fruity, and bold, Flower Crown Kombucha hopes to delight the Tampa community with this effervescent, artisan beverage! Whether you want to sample a flight, enjoy a glass on tap, or buy cans and growlers to take home—their kombucha is a local favorite you will come back for! Interested in renting out their elegant, industrial taproom for an event? Visit their website at https://www.flowercrownkombucha.com/ to learn more.

Need a fun night out without actually leaving home? We’ve got you covered! Pour yourself something bubbly and get your hands a little dirty making a beautiful succulent planter!

Tampa Succulents offers fun virtual DIY Workshops year-round. Get a group of family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers together for a relaxing evening of social connection and creativity. All you need is your drink and laptop—we’ll take care of the rest and ship everything you need right to your doorstep! Whether you need a Ladies Night Out, a fun couples activity, or a team-building event for you and your co-workers, our virtual DIY Workshops are perfect!

A succulent specialist will guide you and your group step-by-step in creating a beautiful, unique succulent arrangement with plenty of decorative toppings for finishing touches. And don’t worry, by the end, you’ll also know how to take care of your succulent and help it thrive! Discover for yourself the twin joys of nature and art found in arranging a personalized succulent planter. Plus, you’ll have some gorgeous desert greenery to spruce up any living space!

Can’t wait for a virtual or in-person event? No worries! Tampa Succulents ships DIY Succulent Planter Kits nationwide! Simply purchase a kit on our site and you can host a succulent potting party any day of the week! Our Succulent Planter Kits include everything you need: succulents, moss, succulent soil, a planter, and DIY instructions.

A big shout-out to our partners at Craft Happy for helping us make these fun virtual events possible! Craft Happy is an events marketing company that helps communities and people stay connected and stay creative. Craft Happy curates both local community experiences as well as virtual workshops that spark creativity and connection. They bring talented artists and all the materials you need right into your home, so you can have a stress-free, much-needed “night out” with friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers. Or if you’re looking to meet new people and mingle with like-minded crafters, Craft Happy offers public workshops anyone can join! Visit https://crafthappyco.com/  for more information!

My love for succulents and gardening bloomed at a young age. I was introduced to the beautiful desert plants through my mom, who always had a variety planted in our yard. I asked her about the little green succulent leaves scattered everywhere, and she told me how each leaf could grow into a whole new plant. That an orphaned leaf, separated from its mother, had the strength to put down roots and flourish with new life immediately enchanted me.

The beauty and magic of propagation continues to delight me to this day. Other than a short period in my life, there hasn’t been a time when I’m not playing in the dirt with plants, specifically succulents and cacti, and finding joy in the natural world.

The physical act of growing broken leaves into strong, beautiful plants has grounded my healing process and given me a new perspective on brokenness. I felt connected to something greater, and this sense of connection and peace became fundamental to my healing journey and something I desired to share with others.

With the endless varieties of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures to play with, designing succulent and cactus planters also truly became an artistic medium and creative outlet for me. When people began asking to purchase my arrangements, I was able to spend more time doing what I love and transform my small venture into a flourishing business through several different events.

Tampa Succulents was born! The universe brought me the amazing art of gardening and succulent therapy, which I now have the pleasure of teaching and sharing with others! Through our fun DIY events, pop-up markets, and collaborations with local businesses, Tampa Succulents shares the process of potting, arranging, and growing your own succulent planters or living wreaths. We also ship our DIY succulent kits and collaborate virtually (with some cocktails, of course!) to help you build and design the perfect planters for your home or garden.

We hope to help you fall in love with the art of gardening, discover the joys of planting your own succulents, and cultivate greater community connection. We hope you join us!

 

 

I learned about succulents from my mom. She had lots of them in her yard and little leaves everywhere. When I asked her about the leaves she explained to me how they can grow a new plant from a leaf. That a broken plant, that separated from its mom, could grow NEW LIFE.  Propagation became something I had to try and was immediately infatuated.

Ok, the truth is, I was addicted…

Other than during a short period, I have not stopped playing in the dirt with plants and specifically succulents and cacti. I found that doing this gave me a new focus on brokenness and healing, I felt connected to something greater when I was in the “garden” or designing arrangements.

People asked to buy my arrangements so I began spending more time doing what I loved, at night and on the weekends. I noticed that I felt different when I spent time doing this and I found that it was becoming a part of my healing journey.

The universe brought me this amazing art, of gardening and succulent therapy.

My small venture to learn how to grow succulents from a leaf and design gorgeous planters became something completely different through several different events, and now it is what it is today. Tampa Succulents was born and is now a huge part of my life, my creative outlet and connection to the community.

I love teaching others about the art of growing and caring for succulents and cacti, which we now do through DIY events and pop up markets.

We hope you join us!!

Lisa

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