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Walterboro native returns home to sell crafts locally

Jeannette Neal with her pots and a succulent.Walterboro native Jeannette (Mixson) Neal recently moved back to Walterboro from Greenwood due to the fact that her husband recently got a Job in Ladson.

She left her Greenwood business, The Turquoise Pineapple, a shop in which she sold succulent arrangements in pots she made from cement, Perlite, and Vermiculite. “I pour this mixture into molds, and let them cure outdoors for about a two week time period,” Neal said. “After they have cured, I either sand them so they have a smooth surface, or sometimes just leave the rough finish.” She added that the business in Greenwood is still open and is doing well. 

She noted that her prices range from three dollars for a very small pot to up to $30 for a very large pot with a succulent embedded within colored gravel in the pots.

Succulent plants, also known as succulents or fat plants, are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves, stems, and also in roots. Geophytes that survive unfavorable periods by dying back to underground storage organs such as tuberous roots, corms, bulbs, and rhizomes, may be regarded as succulents.

“I usually use succulents that don’t have the sharp thorns,” Neal said.”The plants and pots are usually used for outdoor display, but you can also use them indoors as long as you take good care of the plant. Indoor lighting situations can vary from plant-to-plant.”

Neal said she usually does very well when she sells her plants and planters at the Walterboro Farmers Market on Saturdays. “Besides the thicker pots, I also sell succulents in clear glass vessels filled with small colored gravel. I sell my plants with a care card and a syringe so people won’t over-water the plants.  People tend to over-water, but the plants usually don’t need over two teaspoons per month, depending on the plant size.” She added that she has not been selling at the local farmer’s market for a few weeks, due to the facts that she was helping a cousin with planning a wedding, and then went on vacation. But Neal noted she should be back at the market on July 14.