I’m not sure that I know any gardening enthusiast who hasn’t cracked at least one pot. Honestly, it was heartbreaking for me for the first couple of times (yes, you can call me clumsy) but since I discovered these great ways to use cracked pots, I’m not angry when it happens.
Believe it or not, you can turn your cracked pot into a stunning succulent garden and you don’t need to have some special skill or equipment for this simple project.
As long as the pot has an intact bottom, it will work perfectly and you’ll have a captivating display of succulents.
Apart from the process of making this type of garden, I’ll show you which succulents to select and give you some top-notch tips for growing them.
Let’s get started!
Succulents To Select
Generally speaking, you can choose any succulent plant for this purpose. However, some species perform better than others and there are some beautiful combinations.
Haworthia, sedum, echeveria, and crassula are some of the best succulents you can use for this project. The first reason why you should select these plants is because they have almost the same care requirements.
And second, each species has a different shape, color, and texture so a captivating display is guaranteed.
Well, that’s pretty much all you need for this project; once you select your succulent and prepare the free-draining soil, you can start.
How To Turn A Cracked Pot Into A Succulent Garden
The great news is that this project is super simple and very rewarding. The planting process is the same as for other pots. The only different thing is arranging the plants when planting.
The main goal is to arrange plants so that they can spread vertically and horizontally.
To begin with, you need to add a thick layer of soil to the pot. Your succulents will need a foundation as well as the broken pieces of your pot.
The shards will give a special touch of beauty to your garden if arranged properly. There’s no limit when it comes to the number of planter pieces to add. You can also use pieces from other pots if you have any.
If you have half of the pot, you can plant on their sides and create a unique and visually pleasing display.
Now, let’s move on to the succulent arrangement in the cracked pot. When you’re planting along the crack, you need to place the plants as close together as possible. It would be best if you could plant them so that they cover the crack.
Succulents you plant on the top part of the soil don’t need to be so compact, so you can get more creative there.
You can add a special touch of beauty to this already unique arrangement by placing pebbles for more color and texture.
Here’s a video on how to make a succulent garden using a cracked pot.
Tips For Growing Succulents in Cracked Pots
Once you finish your new succulent garden, the story doesn’t end there. Don’t forget that all plants, no matter where and how they’re planted, need suitable care.
The first and probably most important thing about succulents in these planters is watering. Remember, these species have the ability to store water in their leaves, so too much water can quickly kill them.
Give the succulents you planted in the cracked pot a good soak and make sure not to overwater them because they will develop root rot. Overwatering is the number one cause of a dying succulent and the chances of fixing it are really low.
Simply plant them in a free-draining soil mix; you can purchase ready succulent soil mix or add free-draining materials, such as perlite and pumice, to standard potting soil.
Do not irrigate these plants until their growing medium is completely dry and make sure you find a spot exposed to bright but indirect light.
Well, now that you know how to use your cracked pots and care for the succulents planted in them, there’s no reason not to have a unique display of thriving plants!