Easy-to-grow, attractive seedlings for wedding favors
January 18, 2012 1:57 PM Subscribe
I'm getting married in early September. Huzzah! My fiancé and I were originally planning on skipping favors, but we're now considering doing a combined favor/place card—seedlings, based heavily on this
. To keep the cost down, we'd like to grow the plants from seeds ourselves, but we're not sure what plants would be best for this kind of project, and we obviously need to limit the chances for failure here. Help us get it right.
I don't have a black thumb, but I'm not an expert, either. We're already planning to grow more than we'll need, under the assumption that not everything will grow, but ideally we'd be looking for something that germinates with a fairly high success rate. We're also looking for something that looks reasonably attractive as a seedling; in other words, these things won't be big enough when we're using them for the look of their (eventual) flowers to matter.
I love the look of the little succulents, but what litte I've read about growing succulents tells me that we can't just throw them in potting soil and expect them to grow well. And, given everything else we have to deal with for wedding prep, not to mention the fact that we live in an apartment and therefore don't have a yard, we'd like to avoid having to mix up our own soil. That said, we'll do it if it really is the only reasonable way to go.
We'll be growing the plants in our study, which gets a ton of light in the afternoon, although it's pretty limited on direct sunlight. The plan is to grow whatever seeds we decide upon directly in small glass jars to avoid having to transplant them later, but if that's a truly horrible idea, please feel free to set us straight.
—What plants would be best for this project, considering the limitations of our space (i.e., light)?
—How far in advance should we plant them (considering, again, that we'll need them by early September)?
—What sort of failure rate should we expect for the seeds?