Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to make a Succulent Strawberry pot!

Did I ever show you this pot?

Hi all you succulent lovers and gardeners out there! I thought I would show you step by step how I make one of my succulent strawberry pots. The one above I put together a year or so ago and it is already established. Today it is even bigger with a lot more growth. So let's get started!

Before

First you need a strawberry pot. Now the pot above is your plain old strawberry pot that you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot. But if you look harder you might find some really great ones that are a little shorter and painted with great colors. They even have small ones that have just 3 holes. I have a medium size pot waiting to be potted after this one. That will make 5. This one was originally potted with echeveria glauca in every hole. It looked really great but then became root bound this last year so a couple of days ago I tore it all out. Now I get to start new.


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The bottom hole can always be a problem in any pot. You don't want any dirt running out with your water of course. You also don't want to plug it up so the water does not drain. I like to use broken up old pots. I lay them over the hole and then in the next shot you will see I put rocks over this. I want to hold the crockery in place and also give any excess water a place to go before it drains out.


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Here you see the rocks I placed over the crockery.


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Time to add some dirt.


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Add your palm and cactus mix potting soil just until it reaches the bottom of the first holes. Now it is time to pick out your plants and cuttings to add to this bad boy!


Lots of plants and different cuttings to add to pot

I have a lot of trimmings from other plants that have been sitting around waiting to be planted in the ground. You need to let your trimmings to sit for about a week to allow the cut end to harden off. Otherwise it will most likely rot and not root. So I have an echeveria bud, some sedum donkey tail, crassula muscosa, Sedum Rubrotinctum and Kalanchoe panamensis. Some new plants to be added are Pachyphytum bracteosum, Crassula 'Moonglow', Crassula perforata variegata, Echeveria compressicaulis, Graptoveria Bella and a Jade plant in a pumpkin pot I have had for a while.


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I like to place my plants in the holes so I can get an idea what the pot will look like. Make sure you do this. Once the plant is planted and you fill this with dirt it is hard to fix a mistake. Make sure if you use a couple of the same plant you place them on opposite sides. Think about having a kind of thriller plant up top 'my Jade plant' and spillers 'donkey tail sedum' around the top edge and maybe a hole or two. You want the thriller to grab someone's attention and the spillers just give the pot a little flow and are just fun. I actually add the pots in the holes if they will fit at this point as you can see in the picture. Of course you remove the pots when you are ready to plant. Remember not to get plants that are too big because they will continue to grow.


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At this point start adding your dirt and as each hole comes up add your plant. Be careful not to tear your plants apart. I add the plants from the outside in. Keep adding the dirt and pack it in. As the plants go in use your fingers to compact the dirt around the plant. Yes the hole will fill up with dirt. Don't be afraid of this because if you compact the dirt enough and follow my next step you won't have a problem. So continue all the way up the pot with dirt and plants and or cuttings. Now you may wonder how does the water get all the way down to the bottom plants when I water. Some people add a plastic water bottle with holes in the middle of there pot and then add water to this. Rubbish!!! Your water will reach the bottom as long as you are patient and water the top and wait till the water seeps out the bottom. Also water each little hole. Make sure when you water the holes you don't use much water pressure. At least until the dirt has completely settled and plants grown a bit.


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To keep the dirt from coming out of the holes when I water "especially in the beginning" I add some decorative rocks over any dirt areas that I think might have a problem. I add them in the top also to complete the look of the pot. I have found by trial and error that this step really helps quite a bit. When the plants start filling in take the rocks out. You won't have trouble with dirt coming out then.


That's one Sassy Succulent Strawberry Pot!

Yeah! I am finished. I think the final product turned out really nice. It will fill out nicely and I love to watch it's progress. After I have put one of these pots together I let it sit for a day or two before I water it. I kind of freaked out the plants with my shenanigans so I give it a break before I water it.

So I hope I made the directions pretty clear. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can add some helpful hints. See below a shot of a smaller pot I planted a couple of years ago. I love the cobalt blue!


Striking!

I took this shot today. The other side looks pretty awesome too! So let me know if you plant one of these guys. I would love to see what you can do! Do a post and let me know! Of course you can add beautiful flowers or anything else your little heart desires. But as you know my heart desires those Sassy Succulents!

Have fun! And remember, It's Another Beautiful Day!

21 comments:

Mandy said...

I adore these pots! I've got two going, but definitely learned a few things...namely using the little pebbles to keep them snug while they grow. I'm going to have to try some more. Yours are beautiful!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Mandy! They are so fun to grow and look so pretty. There are so many variations you can do.

Joyful said...

I LOVE your pots of succulents. I'm a bit chilled right now and looking at them and the sun on them, reminds me of warmth.

Succuland said...

Dear Candy, your strawberry pots are looking really amazing. When I moved a new house with a garden I would try to designe some kind of succulents in the strawberry pot. Cause it looks fantastic thing for a garden!!! I also like very much your direction of making a succulent strawberry pot with your photos. It is great and thank you for this. It looks very easy to make it with your direction. One day if make one I will put it my blog too. Enjoy your weekend my dear friend.

Matt and Bobbie said...

Hi Candy!
I really love your strawberry pots--especially the blue one! I noticed the small long, trailing cactus in the image on your headline and in one of first photos on this post and was wondering what it is?? I have been looking for one like it.

Great post--maybe this year I can find some room for a big pot like this.

Julie said...

Candy! I didn't realize how close we were in age!!! Very cool.

Your tutorial is great! I have a succulent strawberry pot and it is so fun! Mine is all full of one kind...Kalenchoe Diagremontianum (sp?) Mother of bigillions!!! LOLOL.

Your addition of the rocks to keep the soil in place is brilliant, and one I will use! Thanks!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hey Matt and Bobbie! Now I am not sure what plant for sure you are talking about. If it is the succulent that hangs over the edge of the pot. It is kind of pale green color. If it is that one then it is called Sedum morganianum. Another name is Burro's tail or donkey tail sedum. If it is the cactus with spines in the headline shot then it's another and I'll let you know. I think you wanted the sedum though. Let me know!

Lancashire rose said...

Thanks for visiting my garden. That was a great tutorial you gave on potting up the strawberry jar. What would you say is in the cactus and palm soil. I usually make up my own using pottingsoil, extra perlite, vermiculite and gravel but I would like to get some proper soil to give them a better chance. You have some wonderful succulents. How sad about your oputia. I have had a few of those dropped jaws as well. But gardening life goes on.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Well this is just super cool. My mom would have loved this. Next time I see a strawberry pot I'm getting it for just this project. Thanks!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Sara I hope you post a picture!

And thanks for visiting Rose! I went out and looked at my potting mix. I have a couple of different kinds. One is made by Miracle Grow. It's Garden Soil, palm, cactus and citrus. It's got course materials 'sand', sphagnum peat and some manure. Sometimes I add extra sand.

SiestaSister said...

This is great! I've made a note of this post so I can go back to it. A few months ago I found a strawberry jar at a garage sale for $2. It needs painting....haven't gotten to that yet. When I finally get it done, I will be re-reading your post. Can't wait. Hope mine looks half as good as your.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

That is so great sister! I hope that you will post a pic of your finished product. I think you will do great!

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

gorgeous little echeveria in the first pic...

The Lovely Plants said...

wow. Awesome job. I am a great fan of DIY gardening projects!

Cassy said...

Great post! And Thanks for sharing the ideas.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Becc said...

Hi, Im new to your blog, & boy am I wasting a huge amount of time trying to read it all! Love this post & will definitely be giving the strawberry pot a go, how is this one going, has it grown much since March? I love your blog, thankyou so much for sharing & keep up the good work!

cajunbabe said...

Candy I would like to say you wrote your instructions better than anyone I've ever known. You did one terrific job writing it out on your chalk board >grins< I've got questions about your soil you use. Is this something you buy individually and mix yourself or is it a type of soil you buy in just one bag? Where would you suggest I buy the ingredients at? Few choices of stores?! I have to say AGAIN you couldn't have wrote out your instructions any better or easier to understand. You should make the topic, "Potting Strawberry Planters for Dummies". Just like ppl puts out books for dummies. Or should I say for Beginners >giggles< I myself loveeeeees your planters the way you decorate them with your babies<3 I'm SO HAPPY I met someone that has a love for succulents ;) I can't wait to repot everything with the correct soil. Oh I've got one more question before I go. Do you use the same potting mix for sedum you plant in your gardens also?

I think I've made a friend for a life time. YaY<3<3<3

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I sure hope that I already answered this for you on fb but just to be sure. I use a palm and cactus mix that I find at Home Depot or Lowe's. I then get stuff called Dry Stall at the feed and tack store. I mix it 1/2 or 1/3 with the packaged soil.

I am so glad that you like my blog. I am doing a new post now that should be up soon. I am soooo glad you found me too friend!

Anonymous said...

Mahalo, for sharing ur strawberry pot, i have some here, and will try it in my garden. Keep up the good work, aloha from hawaii.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Mahalo to you also! Glad you can use this information. It's so easy and they turn out really cool!

Aloha from Candy

Gardening Succs said...

Great post! I especially love the cobalt blue!