Commonly Asked Questions
Where can I buy succulents for my wedding?
There are several resources mentioned in this blog post, but two great places are Mountain Crest Gardens and The Succulent Source.
For a full list of places we recommend shopping for wedding succulents, click here.
Can I propagate succulents from leaves (or seeds) for my wedding?
While it is possible to propagate succulents from leaves or seeds for your wedding, you’ll need to plan a long time in advance. For seeds, you may need two years to really get large plants.
If you’re propagating from leaves, you can likely grow large enough succulents within a year.
I don’t generally recommend this approach. While it might seem cheaper, it will take a great deal of patience, determination and consistency, not to mention time and space, to be successful.
You’ll also need to start propagating a lot more plants than you’ll actually need, as propagation is not a guaranteed process.
One of the biggest challenges most people face when attempting to propagate succulents in large quantities like this is weather. To propagate succulents indoors without stretching, you’ll need to use grow lights. This takes a significant amount of space.
You can propagate them outside, but only if you live in a climate with mild temperatures (no freezing) and are propagating mostly during the warm season.
If you are able to plan in advance and want to give this a try, go for it!
How far in advance should I order and put together thank-you favors?
I recommend putting together favors no more than a week in advance. While you can put them together sooner, you’ll have to make sure they are getting enough light and water so they don’t stretch too much or die before the wedding.
A week is enough time to get them prepped and ready without having to worry too much about caring for them.
How far in advance can I make boutonnieres or a bouquet?
If you’re only using succulents, you can make the boutonniere or bouquets 3-4 days in advance. You can probably get away with doing them before that, but some succulents may begin to shrivel or lose their rigidity as they try to survive by utilizing the water stored in their leaves.
Make sure you keep them in a mild climate with bright, indirect sunlight. It is best not to refrigerate them as most don’t like temperatures so cold.
What flowers pair well with succulents for a bouquet/boutonniere/corsage?
Anything you’d like! As long as you’re making the bouquet in the time frame that works for the other flowers, succulents look great and work well with other popular wedding flowers.
Where can I buy terracotta pots for my succulent favors?
My favorite place, and the least expensive I’ve found, is Mountain Crest Gardens. If you’re already ordering succulents from them it’s really easy to just add the terracotta pots to your order.
Another great place to look is Hobby Lobby. You’ll likely need to visit a few stores or start purchasing them weeks in advance to ensure they have enough for all your succulent favors. You may also be able to place a custom order for them too.