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Planting Succulents in Re-used Containers

0 Comments 21 January 2011

designed by Matthew Levesque

The new year has me searching for easy, but stylish looking, DIY projects for my home and garden.  I recently ran across this succulent toolbox planter, designed by Matthew Levesque, on the Terri Planty blog, where she found it on another cool site named Gardening in Heels.  Not sure this planting project will make my DIY list this year, but it’s super cool nonetheless.

Tips for Planting Succulents in Re-used Containers

  • Generally speaking, succulents don’t need more than 3 to 4 hours of direct sun a day.
  • Rinse the inside of the container to remove as much dirt and rust as possible. Let dry overnight. Take extra precautions when planting edibles in rusty metal containers.
  • Drill enough holes to ensure proper drainage then cover with fiberglass mesh tape to keep soil from seeping out when you water. Personally, I’d drill two rows of three holes in the small toolbox and two rows of four in the large toolbox.
  • Use potting soil that is made for succulents and cactus. Regular potting soil will retain too much water.
  • Restrain yourself from overwatering succulents. Use that leftover sushi chopstick to test the soil like you’re baking a cake. If it comes out dry, then it’s time to water. Another easy clue is when the soil starts to pull away from the sides of its container.

For more tips, because there is more to know about growing succulents, listen to our Nest In Style podcast interview with expert Debra Lee Baldwin.

    The larger the succulent and the fatter its leaves, the longer it can, and should, go without water. – Debra Lee Baldwin, author of Succulent Container Gardens

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