I’m on a succulent craze and I just can’t get enough of them! Every time we visit a nursery, the first thing I look for are the succulents. That’s because I don’t need much of a green thumb to keep them alive; they don’t need to be watered as frequently as other indoor plants.
At this particular nursery, they had individual plugs as well as the pots shown below. I love to get them as plugs and then grow them bigger in progressively larger plastic pots.
Once they’re big enough to re-plant it’s time to find them permanent homes.
Shop Your Local Thrift Store!
Value village is my go-to store for thrift finds. Here’s what I found during my last trip; a grouping of 3 hexagonal ceramic planters…
… and a square ceramic plate – also ceramic.
I gathered up all my stuff: a specially mixed potting soil suitable for succulents which allows for drainage (succulents don’t like to be waterlogged), the three pots and an assortment of succulents. In the upper right side of the picture below you can see the copper pots I found on a previous trip to Value Village. They’ll be featured in a future post.
I started by removing the plugs from the containers. I was lucky that they already had holes. When they don’t have holes I just drill my own with a ceramic bit; it’s an easy fix.
I had scraps of landscape cloth which I used to cover the holes.
It keeps the dirt from escaping after watering.
I put the little pots into the planters to see what would look best and switched them around until I was happy with the result.
I removed one plant then added soil to the container. Here, I’m using some old potting mix from a plant that I replanted. I mix it in with the new stuff right in the pot. A reader, however made a good point that using old soil is the best way to spread disease. Luckily, I had repotted a healthy plant, but it’s a valid point so use fresh soil!
Once it’s planted I lightly mist the soil so the succulent will settle into its new home. I’m not trying to water the plant, just pack the soil so If more soil is needed, I can top it up while all the supplies are still out.
Then I move onto the next one.
It’s always a good idea to tease the roots out a bit, but not too much with succulents because the sandy soil easily falls away and may leave the roots exposed too much.
I use a plastic spoon to dig a hole to accommodate the plant.
After inserting into the hole, fill in any gaps with more soil.
Since the last container was larger, I put two plants into that one. I also added a few decorative stones.
Lastly, I placed a silver coated ceramic bird off to one side. It adds a bit of sparkle and the bird is more than fitting given our blog name!
It looks so sweet nestled in amongst the succulents!
I arranged the 3 planters on top of the thrift store plate and set it in the sun in front of a window. The plate is shallow, so it’s perfect for catching any water spills!
Every Room Could Use a Little Green!
After a few days, I took it down to my studio where it’s now sitting on top of our upcycled Roadside Rescue Waterfall Dresser:
There’s always room for a little more greenery in my craft studio!!
I love how the donkey tail spills over the front!
To keep these babies looking good, they should be watered once a week. Give them a soaking until water runs out the bottom and let them dry out completely. Watering them daily will quickly kill them. I also fertilize occasionally by putting some liquid seaweed into the watering can.
During the winter, they’ll go into a dormant period where they aren’t actively growing and don’t need as much water so slow down the watering schedule accordingly.
Don’t forget to pin for later!
As great as this display looks, I had to borrow the larger planter for our mini adirondack chair planter. In this tuturial, we’re teaching you how to get milk paint to stick to anything!
As I mentioned, the hexagon containers aren’t the only ones we picked up at Value Village. We’ll have more succulent projects coming up soon that are a lot more exciting and unique so stay tuned.
If you’re partial to succulents in the garden too, like we are, this post shows you how to make your own hypertufa planter. It’s perfect for succulents!
Birdz of a Feather has plenty of more challenging garden projects too. You’ll find them all here under the garden category if you want to browse.