I love succulents. I love how plump and dewy they look. I love that they are easy to maintain. I love the varying shapes and shades they come in, from plum to jade to dusty turquoise. I also enjoy how the word succulent feels rolling off my tongue. Try it. It’s fun. suhk-yuh-luhnt…Yeah…That’s nice.
I had been wanting to plant some for a while, and I just happened to have quite a few large canning jars laying around so thought that it would look pretty cute to pot them in those. I also don’t have any other plants in my home and am hoping that I can keep these heartier varieties alive indoors. Due to the nature of a succulent’s composition (they store water in their leaves) they don’t need as much moisture as other house plants and should faire well in a jar as long as it has sufficient drainage. Root rot seems to be the number one killer of succulents and can be avoided by monitoring your watering. From what I’ve researched, the soil should be damp but will need to dry out between waterings.
I first added a layer of large rocks to the bottom, then a handful of smaller rocks on top of that. Word of advice: Place your rocks in the bottom of the jar carefully. I accidentally dropped in a larger rock and it shattered the glass! I then added some regular potting soil. I pre-moistened the soil so that it wouldn’t sink to the bottom of the jar after watering. I’ve read that one should use a special succulent/cactus soil that is quick-draining or add sand to regular soil, but I decided to go this route and will just see what happens. Experiments are fun!
I’m also a sucker for pallets. They have so many uses besides carrying cargo loads. My husband brought home a cool ladder-esque pallet a while back with the intention of using it for something down the road. I will be honest and say that we currently have four pallets in our possession that are not being used for anything. “But we’ll do something with them someday!” We may or may not have a pallet-hoarding problem. That being said, it’s crafty moments like these that make me glad we have a supply of awesome distressed lumber for that shabby chic/industrial look I tend to go for. I thought it would be great to combine my new potted plants and the tall pallet into something visually interesting to lean against our living room wall (rather than just the plain pallet that we had shoved in the corner).(The pallet before)
I purchased some pipe clamps from the plumbing section of our hardware store and some 1/2″ wood screws. I then pre-drilled some holes into the last bracket of the pipe clamp, the place where I wanted it to mount to the board.
I then screwed the clamps to the board and began tightening the loops.
I inserted my jars into the clamps and tightened them as much as I could. The jars are quite heavy with the glass, rocks, and soil, so I made sure they were as snug as could be.
And there you have it! A living piece of upcycled wall art.