Introduction: Upcycled Succulent Planters - Trash to Treasure
Hello! My name is Anthony and I’ll be your instructor for this workshop! I’ve been hosting succulent workshops for over four years. I started in high school when my succulents began to overrun my backyard garden; so I came up with a solution. I would host succulent workshops where I could give away surplus succulents and share my love for gardening with others!
Except… I had one issue. I had lots of succulents and backyard soil but no extra planters. A couple days later the solution came to me. I had finished eating some canned fruit and I was about to throw the empty can in the trash when I realized it could be a pot!
Without further ado, I’ll show you how to create your own upcycled succulent planter.
- Nail and mallet
- Succulent cuttings
- Well-draining soil
Step 1: Upcycle Cans to Planters
- Save your cans; don’t throw them in the trash!
- Wash the interior thoroughly to remove sugars (unless you want to attract hordes of ants. I’ve got to admit, I’ve made that mistake before).
- Remove the can label to expose the beautiful aluminum.
- Use a nail and a mallet to poke drainage holes through the bottom of the can. Three is sufficient but the more the better.
Step 2: Add Succulents and Soil
- Choose succulent cuttings that have begun to develop roots. They are the easiest to propagate; for alternative methods of propagation, check out this blog: https://needlesandleaves.net/blog/2013/5/31/propa... If you don’t have succulents, ask friends; they would be glad to share.
- Fill the upcycled planter a quarter of the way to the top with well-draining soil, or cactus soil.
- Start adding succulents and soil little by little. Arrange succulents so that there’s variety in species and sizes.
- Take care of your succulents by providing them with:
- Bright but indirect sunlight
- Water when soil is dry ~ once a week
And there you have it! Beautiful upcycled succulent planters at no cost.
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