Dream dream dream…where to get wood for your wood planters?
These days, I’ve been scoping out pieces that would be a good host to my succulent plants. My focus was on wood because wood is so trending right now. Especially reclaimed wood, can’t say it enough!
Two ideas came to mind. Hollowed out logs and driftwood. Since we burn wood, we have lots to choose from. You might have a pile to sift through, too. Or, you can check the neighbors stack of wood. Or just ask your mom.
Keep in mind, that you’re free to use these showstoppers inside or out. Perhaps both for some bold excitement! This bigger piece of driftwood would have been far too large to consider bringing inside by any means. I struggled to move it by myself! The smaller one would could have worked indoors, but I found an idyllic spot for it in my perennial bed so there she stays.
Most succulents have shallow and fibrous roots making them very easy to dig up and replant. Take your time when replanting, even a day or more to allow the roots to heal over before being watered. Their shallow root system is what allows them to be planted in such vessels at all.
Hollowed be thy name….
I used a special soil formulated for cacti and succulents when I repotted mine into the driftwood and wood logs. But overall, you’re just looking for a sunny location with well-drained soil. Generous amounts of coarse drainage material such as sharp sand, pumice, grit, or small pebbles are ideal for encouraging aeration of the roots. Never let succulents get waterlogged!
Hole in a log makeover – Before
Hole in a log makeover – After
I water this plant when the soil is dry and the leaves start to shrink a bit, never before as I’ve noted Key Lime Pie does NOT like to be overwatered, even a bit. Don’t want those roots to rot!