The art of growing art: succulents in frames are making a comeback. here's how to make your own.
Plant a living picture
Build the frame assembly yourself or purchase one. We got ours from Robin Stockwell's Succulent Gardens in Castroville, California (sgplants.com or 831/632-0482).
Cost from $35 for a 6- by 12-inch frame
GATHER CUTTINGS from succulents you already have growing in your garden by breaking the small "pups" from the mother plants (the stems should be at least 1/4 inch long). Set the cuttings aside in a cool area for a few days to allow their stem ends to dry and callus over. (You'll want about 60 for a 6-by 12-inch frame.)
SET THE FRAME mesh side up on a flat surface; fill it with moist cactus mix, working the mix through the mesh with your fingers.
POKE THE CUTTINGS'
stem ends through the mesh and into the soil. Leave the frame lying flat in a cool, bright location while plants take root, about 7 to 10 days after planting, then begin watering. Once plants are securely rooted--this takes between 4 and 12 weeks--display the frames upright in an area that gets morning or filtered sun; water every 7 to 10 days.
Don't have any succulents growing in your garden?
Buy a kit that includes a frame assembly, cactus mix, and succulent cuttings (from $65 for 6 by 12 inches; sgplants.com or 831/632-0482). Completed succulent "paintings" are also available (from $95 for 6 by 12 inches).
PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOMAS J. STORY
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