(Closed) buying succulents in bulk/ growing your own

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m trying to figure this out too! I want about 100 to place on each napkin for placesettings. So far I’ve found these websites:

http://www.cactuslimon.com

http://mountaincrestgardens.com

http://www.csucculent.com/

I can’t vouch for any of them and they all seem rather “mom and pop” at best. But I’m going to try a Lowes or Home Depot this weekend and see if they can advise. If you hear anything, let me know!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i was going to do these as favours (before we switched to herbs) and our florist said she could look into ordering them in bulk for us.  have you tried any local florists?  i know i also buy potted succulents a few times a year from our local florist for our house.

i haven’t tried growing them but our friend has them in their yard and they said it was very easy.  they are very low maintenance, if you have the right temperatures. also they are best grown in the ground versus pots if you plan to do it, as there’s more room for it to spread and create new buds.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I, too want to try this! Since you posted this 5 months ago, may I ask how well this is going? Are they growing pretty quickly or slowly? I have over a year until the wedding so I’m hoping they will somewhat spread….if not, I’m ok with just buying more (I got mine at Home Depot).

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sure! I did end up ordering 100 from Mountain Crest and the succulents are lovely, although they were quite small when they arrived. About the size of a quarter. They all looked a lot more similar when they arrived (Mountain Crest told me that they would be a dozen each of a few different kinds of succulents.) As they’ve grown some have gotten much taller, some have sprouted little offshoots, and some have just gone nuts! It’s not nearly as uniform anymore. And some of them have nearly doubled in size and are really lovely, but they are a much less uniform look these days. I’m not going to sweat it. A few of them are also looking kind of sad, but that’s probably our own fault.

I’d say out of 100 succulents we have about 15 whose type isn’t useful for our purposes. And we have about 5 who are sort of dying and probably won’t be used, But we have about 12 new offshoots that are doing so well that they’ll probably be useful as favors (even if they are a little smaller than the rest). So we’ll just about break even. At the very worst, we’ll go to Home Depot and buy an extra half dozen or so to suppliment what we have. But I’m happy with them!

Best of luck!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Dreamer12781:  How long did it take your quarter-sized plants to grow to a size that you could use in centerpieces or bouquets? I’m hoping to grow some succulent seedlings into bigger plants for my wedding centerpieces/bouquets/etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I gave up on that idea and am going for candles and flowers instead.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@almostmrsf:  Well… this is really tricky to say. I hate to say that my succulent experience was unsuccessful, but…

So, the succulents that we recieved from the grower were tiny, but lovely. We bought them in May for a Sept wedding and by July a number of them had grown, but not on size. Some had resprouted tiny plants aorund them (like a spider plant) and some had grown into a giant succulent ball that looked like 4 of them stuck together… but they couldn’t be seperated without killing them.

In the end I bought 100 and ended up with about 35 that weren’t dead. They were falling apart and most people thought they were a food garnish because they were so small. None of the half dozen that made it home afterwards survived. It was a bummer. (but not the end all and be all of my design so I wasn’t devastated. If you’re depending heavily on them, don’t do it yourself!)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I bought mine from home depot a couple of months ago.I am giving them out as favors.They are still in the 3 inch pots (the store provides)and they are doing fine.I paid $2 each for them.The good thing about purchasing them from home depot or lowes is that you can return them if they die.they offer a 90 day warranty.U can remove leaves from plants and stick them in dirt and a new plant grows.It’s pretty cool.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bought 100 succulents on ebay for about $58. They arrived yesterday and there were over 100 varieties.

Post # 12
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Wannabee

bridepen:  I know your post if from awhile ago, but how we’re the succulents that you bought on eBay?i need the 1-2″ small size for the pots I have. About 140.

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