I love strawberry planters. The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make their own little home. They are perfect for strawberry plants (of course!), spider plants and other plants like strawberry begonias. Today I am converting mine into a succulent strawberry planter.
Make your own Succulent Strawberry Planter.
But for this project, I am going to use my new strawberry planter for my succulents. They are all quite small, so each of them will fit into the little pockets and make a charming planter. Most of them don’t cascade but I don’t mind that. (although I am looking for both a donkey’s tail and a string of pearls when I can find them at the right price. The last one I found at the Farmer’s market were $20 for a TINY plant. Not for me!)
Isn’t it lovely? Here is now I went about putting it together. (some of the links in this article are affiliate links)
You will need the following supplies.
- A large strawberry planter (Mine is about 20 inches tall and 9 inches wide.)
- small succulents plants
- cactus potting mix
- packing peanuts
I assembled my plants. I chose crassula, several sempervivum (hens and chicks), a fishhook Senecio succulent, a Stenocereus Hollianus Cristadacactus cactus and Purslane Summer Joy yellow (it does cascade), as well as a thin leaved jade plant for a bit of height. The plants came from a few new purchases as well as an old planter that had seen its better days.
Miracle Grow Cactus, Palm and Citrus Potting mix is my soil choice. It drains well and is a perfect choice for succulents that don’t like wet feet. If you can’t find it locally, it’s available from our Amazon.com.
Next step was something that I do in all of my heavy pots. I added several inches of packing peanuts. The peanuts mean that you have less soil (which saves money) and also means that the planter will be lighter to move around – a real plus with heavy planters.
This Kalanchoe Tomentosa is also known as Donkey’s ears. I love the fuzzy outside of the leaves. It is easy to see where it got its common name!
This sempervivum, hens and chicks, has some babies that are now growing over the side of the pocket. Sempervivum is also somewhat cold hardy too.
This little cactus is just covered with spikes but loves his new home. The name of this cactus is Stenocereus Hollianus Cristada. He is supposed to be green, and I don’t know if he’ll revert back to his original color or not but I like the brownish color against my planter color anyway.
These baby sempervivum, hens and chicks got very spindly in the last planter but look great over the edge of the pocket of this one.
Purslane, Summer Joy Yellow, Crassula and a thin leaved jade plant are perfect for the top. They give both a cascading effect and the height that the planter needs.
This is the finished planter. It has both side interest, trailing interest and height on the top. I love the way it all came together. I have it sitting in a grouping of other succulents in a perfect spot on our deck.
These planters sit right underneath my white birdcage planter that has both upright and trailing vinca in it. When I water the birdcage planter, the residue drips down to the planters below giving them just enough moisture, so I never even have to water them!
And now, if I can just find some strings of pearls succulents and burros tail succulents, I’ll be a happy girl. They will get added later to accent two of the pockets.
For more Cacti and Succulent planting Ideas, see my Succulent board on Pinterest and check out these posts:
- Bird Cage Succulent Planter
- Raised Garden Bed made from Cement Blocks
- 25 Creative Succulent Planters
- Coffee Pot Succulent Terrarium
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