A few weeks ago when I was strolling through Theisen’s in preparation for this project, I did a legit double-take when I saw these little guys on an end cap.
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My first thought was… ‘what a darling little succulent planter’! Until I flipped it over and realized what it really is.
It’s a chicken feeder.
Obviously it was speaking to me, and who am I to tell a little chicken feeder that it isn’t destined to be a succulent planter?
I started out by drilling some holes in the bottom for drainage. You can just use a regular drill bit on this!
Dump in some potting mix (since succulents like cactus potting mix, I used this stuff). Fill it up pretty full, because you can use your finger to poke little ‘wells’ in the soil to pop in your succulents.
Squeeze the plastic container your succulent is in to loosen the dirt, and he’ll fall right out into your hands! I loosened the dirt even more and removed much of the dirt from around the roots.
Use your fingers to dig a little well in the loose dirt that’s in your chicken feeder (tee hee!) and then gently just push that little guy down in!
Even though space is tight, you’ll want to shimmy some more dirt around that guy to give him a little stability. Then move onto the next smaller ones and repeat!
Give each one a tiny drink of water, and set this bad boy in a sunny place!
I literally took mine outside in the sun, because that seems to be the only way I can keep succulents alive and thriving.
There’s a part of me that wishes I had painted the silver chicken feeder something like copper or white. Or even black! But it’s cute this way too. Given how cheap those things are, I’m guessing I’ll be making more of these in the future. Wouldn’t they be a darling centerpiece for baby showers or wedding showers?
If things go like I hope they will, these succulents will reeeeeally grow and fill out. It will be interesting to see how this thing looks in a few months! Stick around, and I’ll keep you updated in a future post!