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Plant shopping is easily in my top 5 favorite things to do. I got the chance to pick up a few new plants at Lowe's and of course I had to look at each and every one of them, before picking up what I wanted. I settled on these two succulents, the first one, the flowering one, I spotted right away and picked it up because it was the only one. It's called a Torch Cactus. It felt like a pretty obvious choice, and it definitely started a few conversations. The other one I picked out is an agave, I may or may not secretly harbor hopes of making tequila out of it someday. Apparently these plants take about 12 years to mature, but I mean, I can wait.
I got a few pups off of my new plants too, and put them in separate containers to keep growing. They'll most likely be a gift.
So, I have a few tips on getting these plants out of their containers. I have hurt myself many a'times playing with cactus.
Here it goes:
Get gloves, leather ones
Cut the sides of the container so you don't have to pull the plant directly out. To do this make 4 cuts around the side of the plastic container, cut down as low as you can and pull the plastic back. The plant should lift out from there.
Use cactus soil. It makes a difference.
If your plant has pups, they usually come off easiest if you twist them slightly to loosen them off of the plant.
Put a few rocks at the bottom of the planters, this keeps soil from leaking out of the bottom.
I got these terra cotta planters at Lowe's too. I'm also a very big fan of these planters on Etsy. I was tempted to paint in the engraved parts, it'll probably happen one of these days but for now I like them how they are. I'm honestly really happy with how these turned out, and they really brighten up the space. I love going to look at the flowers on that Torch Cactus, those flowers bloomed so fast too. It was amazing. There were two bulbs that bloomed overnight into these pretty impressive flowers.
I hope you can draw some inspiration from my gardening experience. :)