Thursday, January 21, 2016

Succulent Garden in Recycled Dish

Succulent garden in a cracked casserole dish

This gorgeous but cracked pottery dish was too beautiful to throw out. No longer could we use it for baking. It required a new life as a succulent garden.

Easy Pretty: -fill the dish with store bought cactus soil
                      -plant some small succulent plants in the soil
                      -add some decorative sand and rocks.

Easy pretty - succulents in broken ceramic dish
Succulents don't require much water, so water sparingly. Keep the soil on the very dry side, especially in winter. Wait until it feels dry to water. I lightly spritz (very lightly) the soil once every few weeks in winter. My planter has no drainage hole in the bottom, so it is even more important to water lightly. The ideal planter for succulents has drainage holes! I couldn't drill a drainage hole in this shallow casserole dish, so I opted to use well draining potting soil and infrequently water with a spritzer bottle, as needed. It probably would have been helpful to add a layer of crushed stone in the bottom of the container for better moisture control.

Place the planter in a sunny south window in winter. In a northern climate the winter sun is low. Hours of sunshine are reduced and the sunlight is not strong. Even though the succulents are not growing vigorously in winter, they will benefit from the sunshine.

In summer, the growing succulents will be happier if planted outdoors, and re-potted and brought inside again in the fall. If kept indoors, they require more water in summer, but still not too much.

Planting hints

Vary the heights, shapes and sizes of the succulents for interest.

Place the damaged part of the planter at the back of the creation. Arrange the plants in a pleasing way.

Be artistic. Find pretty rocks, tiny statues, little pieces of driftwood for decoration. Keep out of reach of young kids, who will find the colorful, interesting planter irresistible.