I love making mini containers with succulents. Because they are so shallow rooted, they don't need much soil and don't mind drying out, which happens very quickly in a container this small. I found this mint container and loved the way it looks with the top open and succulents spilling out.
What you need to make this mini container garden:
- A small tin box
- A hammer and nail, or awl
- Potting soil (you may not even need any if you can steal some from the container your succulents come in
- Hens and chicks or other small succulents
Take your box and place it on a firm surface that you are comfortable nailing into. I find making a spot on the lawn works well. It is firm enough to hold the box, but you can put a nail through the box and not have to worry about it getting stuck in something.
Take your awl or nail and hammer several holes into the bottom of your tin. The more holes the better. Think Swiss cheese.
Place your tin on a piece of paper towel or counter and spoon in potting soil until it reaches just under the edge of the box. Gently pat potting soil down until it's flat
Moisten potting soil so it's just a little damp.
Place succulents on top of the soil, really packing them in. When you have a look you are happy with, you are done!
Keep your tin in a bright spot, but be cautious of putting it in direct sun. There isn't much soil, and the box will get hot quickly so you risk frying your plants.
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