With uncertainty surrounding how we will be able celebrate Christmas this year, it is looking increasingly likely we’ll be spending more time at home, which means we’ll be looking to go a bit extra on the festive decorations.
There’s a gorgeous Christmas tree trend emerging, which could help elevate our festive decor to whole new Insta-worthy heights.
Enter, succulent Christmas trees.
People have been decorating their succulents with lights, garlands and baubles for a festive vibe or more simply clustering the house plants together to create an entire “tree”.
Though the decor trend is not exactly new, with Instagram posts showcasing experiments with succulent trees dating back a couple of years, it seems the sweet little succulent trees are growing in popularity, perhaps due to people wanting to up their seasonal spirit this year.
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Ideal for tabletops, coffee tables and even fireplaces, the compact trees won’t take up much space. But just because they’re small, don’t underestimate the festive punch they can pack, especially when adorned with lights or sweet little stars on top.
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You can DIY the succulent trees yourself, but if that sounds like all too much bother you can buy a perfectly formed example via Etsy.
Amanda Ryan is one seller providing the stunning seasonal creations, via the Etsy shop Terracotta Corner.
Each tree is built up of around 25-50 succulents and stands at 13 inches tall.
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“Mr Terracotta Corner, aka my husband, Dan, came up with the Alpine Succulent Tree,” Ryan tells Yahoo UK, explaining that she uses two varieties of succulents in her creations.
“He thought the little haworthia succulents would really resemble the snowy covered branches of a fir tree and we added the Echeveria ‘ornaments’ to add a splash of colour.”
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According to Ryan a succulent tree isn’t just for Christmas as they can be repotted as individual plants to add to your house plant collection once the festive period is over.
“The succulent trees are great not only through the holidays, but they can continue to grow and thrive either as part of the tree or removed as an addition to your garden,” she says.
You can buy the tress for £106.01 with shipping to the UK added on after.
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If you’ve been inspired to either make your own or buy a ready-made succulent tree this year, Meg Spink, plant doctor at Patch Plants, has some words of advice for keeping your seasonal spruce healthy.
“Succulents love the sun and don’t require a lot of watering, so keeping your ‘tree’ in a conservatory, or remembering to rotate it regularly by a bright window will ensure it keeps looking its best,” she says.
Might also be a good opportunity to test out the ice cube watering trick.