Succulents are a favourite plant of mine and I’m always on the look out for new ways to use them in both the house and the garden.
Succulents are very forgiving plants that:
- thrive on neglect
- multiply quickly
- are super easy to propogate
which adds up to a budget-friendly, brown thumb-friendly little bundle of green.
For interior use and gifts, I’ve previously played with vintage teacups and re-purposed teapots. My most recent effort is using recycled tin cans as planters.
After cleaning off any residual goo from the label with eucalyptus oil, leave the can as is or wrap with some jute webbing and scraps of string. A dab of hot glue keeps the webbing securely in place. (And I love an excuse to get the glue gun out!)
When planting succulents in re-purposed containers without drainage holes, I’ve had the most success treating them like an open terrarium:
- For the bottom layer use small pebbles to help with drainage.
- Next add a layer of activated or horticultural charcoal to keep things fresh.
- Wet some sphagnum moss and add a thin layer to completely cover the charcoal.
- Now add a quality succulent potting mix, leaving space for your plants. Back fill if necessary.
Depending on how much soil is left exposed, you may wish to add a layer of pebbles as a decorative mulch.
Water gently, being careful not to flood the pot.
Place in a sunny spot and enjoy. Remember, its better to under water rather than over water.
What’s your favourite easy care plant? Do you have any other ideas for cute planters?