Thursday, October 30, 2014

Planting Succulents - Bird Cage


Let me start with saying I have a love for succulents. They are a plant that some people love or hate. The best thing about them its they need little water, so for people who forget to water their plants these are the prefect type of plants for them. My favorite thing about succulents is that they can be living art. You can do so much with them. All the different shades, textures, sizes and styles make it so fun to plant them. 

A couple months back I was cruising through TPT and found this bird cage. I loved how it opened on top making it easy to plant succulents inside, the black could make a beautiful contrast with the greens and it was on sale.   After making my purchase I headed over to the plant nursery and Home Depot to pick up succulents. When I pick out succulents I try to pick out all types and sizes. When looking at a pot full of them I pick the ones that have lots of little buds. Getting a pot saves you money, who doesn't like that. The roots can be separated out or you can even cut buds/parts off the plant and let them sit for a couple days to callus up and then plant them. 

How to callus a succulent:
1. Trim off any rotten bits from your cutting. Use a sharp knife to make a clean cut.

2. Allow the cut end to dry (callus) for at least 3-4 days. Laying it in a container or box out of the sun. Rotate them frequently so that they don't develop roots along their side edges.
3. After the end calluses, plant the cactus succulent.
Supplies:

Bird Cage
Variety of Succulents
Cactus Soil
Moss
Pencil
Bucket
Scissors
Shape Knife


How to:
Starting by removing the tags, open the cage up and grabbed a extra bucket or bowl to put under the bird cage for the plants that would drape dow.Place thing Senecio Radicans(i.e. String of Fishhooks, String of Bananas, Banana Vine, Necklace Plant)  in the bird cage first on the bottom,  then pulling the stems part through the bars of the bird cage being carful to not break the Senecio Radicans. This is the plant that is draping one which is why being on bottom gives it a dramatic effect. After Senecio Radicans placed, lined the inside of the cage with moss. Making is tight but leaving a hole in the center to fill with cactus soil. In this process its important  to make sure everything was tight, since the other succulents would be placed in next.  


Picking and planting 3 different succulents for the folic points on the top. I planted these 3 in the center where the cactus soil is. Use a pencil to make a hole on the sides of the bird cage to plant the succulents in one at a time, pushing through the the moss into the soil. Starting with the larger ones first, make sure to blend and carry the different types throughout the outside of the cage. Giving them a tight fit. Like I said in the beginning you can just break the buds/parts on the plants off to callus, which makes it sure easy to take a pencil make the hole and side the succulents stem in the hole.  Once I was happy with the sides I then planted fillers around the 3 succulents that were the folic points. Using a zip tie, zip tied the bird cage closed.


For watering I just take the birdcage down place it in the sink and spray it with water, letting it drain for a couple hours. If I had hung it outside I would just spray it with the hose. 

Other Succulent Projects:

Succulents with a Friend
Succulents for Teacher Appreciate Gift



24 comments:

  1. Aww this looks so gorgeous. It'd be so nice hanging on the side of a front door or something!

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  2. I LOVE this. Succulents are my fave, they look everything look cool!

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  3. Gorgeous job! I am a garden designer, and I love working with succulents -so many colors and textures!

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  4. this is beautiful and chic! love your photos as well!

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  5. I LOVE this! I love succulents, great good <3

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  6. I love succulents! This is such a creative and pretty idea!!!!

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  7. That is so cool looking! What a great way to add greenery into a home. I love it.

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  8. I want to do this so bad now. I am going to bookmark this and TRY it one day soon! I LOVE IT!!!!!

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  9. What a great idea! Looks amazing - I love succulents!

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  10. i love this diy project. i love succulents too.. but i cannot keep them alive for the life of me. i've tried so many times!

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  11. I wish I could keep plants alive because this is just gorgeous!

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  12. this is gorgeous!! i have such a black thumb. I thought it was impossible to kill succulents...but i proved that theory wrong ;/

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  13. Such a cute idea! I'll have to show this to my coworker! She loves succulents!

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  14. I don't like succulents but you've arranged them so pleasing to the eyes.

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  15. This is beautiful!! I would love to make this for my patio!

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  16. wow so beautiful, since its low maintenance i need me one of these

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  17. Such a cool idea! I always see vintage bird cages at antique stores!

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  18. succulents are so cool, what a great DIY!

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  19. Succulents are one of my absolute favorite plants, this is such a great and beautiful idea!

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  20. This looks amazing! I've never had succulents and I think these would be not only a great plant to personally own, but this would make a fantastic gift!!

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  21. This reminds me, I need to go plant shopping. But this is a really cute project

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