31 Jan2015


I purchased these succulents about three weeks ago, and I have been slightly obsessed with “keeping them happy”… :)


At PHP50 for the “large” plants and PHP30 (which should have been PHP20 I found out at another stall) for the small plants at the wholesale flower market at Dimasalang, I thought they were a bargain. Just simply take them out of their black plastic bags and remove some of the soil…


…put them in a ceramic container or any appropriate vessel of your choice, then top with some moss and voila! a quick and architectural plant arrangement for your home. Total cost per arrangement was less than PHP200!


Notice how relatively “tight” the leaves of the succulents are on “Day One”. I brought them indoors, had several dinners and on the fourth day I realized their leaves were starting to “spread out”…


…that’s what these plants do when they don’t get enough sunlight. So I put them outdoors for a couple of hours in the shade but with access to sunlight, and the leaves started to close up again, though they never returned to their original state.


Some water ever two days or so (do not drown) and light every day and they seem to be seriously happy campers some three weeks later. My goal was to keep them happy for at least a month, but it looks like I will be able to exceed that goal rather easily. If that’s true, this is one of the most reasonably priced plant/floral arrangements I will have ever made. :)



  1. Connie C says:

    Good luck MM! The roots need to dry out before the next watering. They may thrive better with some sand and stones at the bottom of your container to ensure better drainage , and of course diffuse bright light.

    Jan 31, 2015 | 5:49 am


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  3. EbbaBlue says:

    True. They don’t like sitting on wet dirt. My daughter n grandson are crazy at succulents, and they got a bunch of these. They are in a partially covered patio.

    Jan 31, 2015 | 8:56 am

  4. Tintin says:

    A guy who supplied the succulent souvenirs for my mother’s 70th birthday party told me to water only twice a month. Fingers crossed.

    Jan 31, 2015 | 12:29 pm

  5. Greens and Blossoms says:

    Good to know the succulents are surviving your watering every 2 days and you even have moss to cover the soil…as Connie said dry out before the next watering -usually once a week ..stones and sand and I also put fine charcoal at the bottom for proper drainage…but if it has survived 3 weeks then that means you’re on the right track..soon you will see little baby plants sprouting – and you can replant those…

    Jan 31, 2015 | 9:01 pm

  6. Natie says:

    Huge “hens and chicks”… Good container garden, MM

    Jan 31, 2015 | 10:12 pm

  7. Titanons says:

    You will be happily rewarded when they sprout their flowers. succulents and cacti have beautiful flowers.

    Feb 1, 2015 | 12:06 am

  8. Marketman says:

    Yipes, I have to stop watering them. :(

    Feb 1, 2015 | 12:08 am

  9. Lyn says:

    succulents are love.

    Feb 1, 2015 | 1:45 am

  10. KRon says:

    If the substrate/planting medium is very open, additional reasonable watering will be fine. Most succulents will only suffer if perpetually wet/waterlogged for a prolonged period of time. They can take a surprising amount of water while they’re on their active growing period ;) Actually, I think the bigger culprit of succulent death and expiration here in the tropics is the day/night temperature differential– the night temperatures really just don’t go low enough for most of the year, and their kind of photosynthesis doesn’t sit well with that. I’ve been taking care of them since I was in grade school (I’m in my late 20’s now haha) ;) Yours seem to be doing very, very well, considering they’re in Metro Manila!

    Feb 1, 2015 | 2:43 am

  11. millet says:

    so now i know why they’ve been dying on me…i’ve been drowning them!

    Feb 1, 2015 | 8:22 pm

  12. Greens and Blossoms says:

    @millet…and don’t water the leaves – just water the soil

    Feb 1, 2015 | 8:32 pm

  13. gangga says:

    Just my luck! I’ve been planning on taking some home to see if my “Black Thumb” can be reversed. I figured it won’t hurt if I start with some of these. Thanks, guys! Would appreciate more tips please! =)

    Feb 2, 2015 | 9:22 am

  14. ami says:

    Succulents are desert dwellers and would drown if overwatered. Mine died during the rainy season. :(

    Feb 2, 2015 | 1:08 pm

  15. Ynna says:

    Are those plants called ‘Echeveria’? Been researching this recently because my succulent is starting to get flatter/more spread out and the lower leaves are wilting.

    Feb 3, 2015 | 12:30 am

  16. Kasseopeia says:

    The one I got from you is still alive and well Greens & Blossoms! :)

    Feb 3, 2015 | 4:27 pm

  17. Jenny says:

    Hi MM! Looks like you got a few lovely Echeveria Imbricatas there :) I have been a succulent fanatic for a while now and absolutely love all the different varieties! When planting these guys, the containers need drainage holes as these plants don’t like getting their “feet” wet. Also, if you notice the leaves starting to stretch toward the light and get “leggy”, it probably needs more direct light. Enjoy, and wait til they bloom cute little flowers! :)

    Feb 6, 2015 | 7:23 am

  18. Maite uy says:

    Hi! Where exactly can I buy potted succelents? :) thanks!

    Feb 15, 2015 | 6:20 pm

  19. Risa says:

    I’m a known killer of these. I’m on a second try. I took out most of the original soil it came with and mixed 1/3 fine gravel, 1/3 organic medium and 1/3 new soil so that it drains well. Fingers crossed, too. Watering only on payday -15th and 30th

    Mar 24, 2015 | 11:16 am

  20. Khim says:

    hii, im interested in buying succulents! you think the wholesale market is still there? Also, what landmark is it near? Thanks!!

    Jun 4, 2015 | 3:44 pm

  21. alfred says:

    hi, nice blog!
    im interested in buying succulents preferably the seeds once ,where exactly in dimasalang or any wholesale flower market here at mandaluyong? tnx

    Jul 25, 2015 | 2:58 pm

  22. nel says:

    Where have u bought it? Dimasalang? Suggestions where to buy different kinds of succulents?

    Aug 9, 2015 | 9:14 am

  23. kymmie says:

    Hi! Im interested to buy also and maybe this is a nice idea for giveaways.. Where axactly in dimasalang? Or much better if you know somewhere selling wholesale? Thanks

    Sep 9, 2015 | 5:51 pm

  24. chona m says:

    Hi! I wonder where you bought those cheap succulents? Thanks! :)) I’m kinda obsessed with it but I havent planted one since I only use their online pics as reference to my floral paintings. :)))

    Sep 10, 2015 | 10:58 pm

  25. Marketman says:

    chona, the succulents are from Dimasalang, in downtown Manila. It is the wholesale flower market. But succulents can be found in plant nurseries, weekend markets, and flower shops. It’s best to visit those to buy actual plants, rather than just using internet sourced photos as the basis for your paintings…

    Sep 10, 2015 | 11:04 pm

  26. kareen adriatico says:

    hi do they sell online and ship?

    Oct 24, 2015 | 3:59 pm

  27. iris says:

    Hi interested in buying my own succulent as well, where did you buy the ceramic pot you used? Do you know other places where can buy them for cheap? thanks :)

    Nov 30, 2015 | 12:33 am

  28. succulent fanatic says:

    You can buy these lovely plants in QC Circle. Most of the stalls there are from the former place of Manila Seedling Bank area in QC Avenue corner EDSA.

    Jan 7, 2016 | 5:35 pm

  29. tweety says:

    Is there any online wholesale for these 20 pesos is such a bargain! I plan to make them as my wedding favor – pls help thanks

    Jan 26, 2016 | 5:07 pm

  30. ellie says:

    hi! where can i buy perlite and potting soil? can i use any soil? or theres a specific soil for those succulents? where can i buy? thanks =)

    Feb 4, 2016 | 6:24 am

  31. Sam2Tres says:

    You can buy also in Cedar Hills along Mother Ignacia Ave, QC. They also arrange in pots.

    Feb 9, 2016 | 12:22 pm

  32. Tina says:

    I’m planning to add a giveaway spot in my flower shop. And i’m very interested with this unique giveaway. Anyone knows where to buy wholesale succulent plants? Not sure if there’s one in Dangwa (Flower Market). Appreciate all your help.

    Feb 21, 2016 | 8:10 pm

  33. Olga Victoria says:

    hi there guys and gals, to all who’ve been asking if there is an online store which sells and ships succulents you may look them up via facebook, one is GREEN THUMB PLANT SHOP, where they ship different varieties of succulents and cacti but without the soil, only sealed so they wont die out during the shipping process. Another is THE GREENTHUMB SOUVENIRS where they also ship succulents as wedding favors or birthday giveaways, aside from succulents and cacti they also sell airplants and also dishgardens of succulents and also airscaped driftwoods. I got all my plants from them. :) happy planting everyone!!!

    Jun 10, 2016 | 1:15 am

  34. Erli says:

    I’m interested to buy succulents. Where can I order online?

    Jun 30, 2016 | 2:51 pm

  35. arlene says:

    how to order online?

    Jul 10, 2016 | 5:00 pm

  36. Queenie says:

    You can buy succulents at 3 for P100 in Cubao. :)

    Sep 20, 2016 | 12:05 am


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