Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pyrex & Succulents

Pyrex & Succulents
This fun planter idea is perfection in my book because it includes two of my very favorite things: Pyrex and succulents! Everybody wins!
Pyrex & succulent planter supplies
I recently threw together a couple succulent planters using, yes, vintage Pyrex. Not my original idea--I've seen these around a few other places--but mine turned out so pretty that I decided I must share this idea here with y'all on the blog.

I gathered:
succulents
I think succulents are so gorgeous and they are very tolerant plants. I kill most house plants, but my succulents are practically immortal. They just look so unique and gorgeous when grouped together too. What's not to love?

Now, usually succulents prefer drainage, and you're advised to plant them in a pot with a good drainage hole. Since we can't very well ruin our Pyrex by drilling holes in them {well, actually, you could if you really wanted to} I'd recommend putting a good layer of rocks at the bottom like I did. This helps the water drain to the bottom without keeping the soil too soaked. Still not ideal, but I've done this before and had succulents enjoy long lives regardless. Succulents don't need much water, I've accidentally gone weeks without watering some of mine and they've yet to die.
Pyrex casserole
Then I poured some of my Miracle-Gro cactus soil into the Pyrex, leaving enough room to place the plants.
Soil
I planted the succulents as I would any other plant, breaking up the roots a bit, sticking it in, and hoping for the best.
Planting succulents
The more you can get in there the better, they look so pretty all grouped together, but be sensible too. You don't want to overcrowd. I've heard you can break up certain succulent plants by splitting them, but I didn't try it.
Dirty Pyrex
It's a messy job, so have a soft brush nearby to gently brush the soil off your succulents once they're planted.
Brushing off soil
I layered a few rocks on top too. Beautiful!
Succulent arrangement
They're like little alien plants, like something Tim Burton would have around. They're just so darn interesting to look at. Succulents do very well here in dry, sunny Colorado! Read more about caring for succulents here. 
Beautiful Succulents!
This planter was actually a gift for my mother on Mother's Day this year.
Gift Pyrex & Succulents
These make for great, inexpensive gifts. {My mom got me a beautiful pearl necklace for Mother's Day. Now here I am admitting I spent less than $15 on this. Love you mom!}
Happy Mother's Day
I loved the one I made for my mom so much that I had to make my own too. I used a turquoise Pyrex Hostess dish for mine. I like the turquoise, the succulents seem to pop against that color, though any Pyrex would have a beautiful planter!
Turquoise Hostess

Thanks for visiting! Go make some Pyrex & succulent planters now :)

Cheers,
Heather
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Also, I was so excited to be featured over at Life Made Lovely this past week, you can check out my entire home tour over at Heather's blog, plus many other home tours, which are awesome--who doesn't love peeking into other people's homes?

Yes, even the bathroom. :-S

View of dining wall

17 comments:

  1. What a great way to use a extra piece of pyrex!

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    1. Yes, I think I'm going to have to turn some more Pyrex into planters :-S

      Thanks Ann!

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  2. So pretty! I love succulents and really want to get some more. Mine died in the great gnat infestation of 2012. It was super sad.
    So I have to tell you about a pin my Mom texted me last night with the caption, "I want to live here!" I looked and said, "I know, I read her blog! She lives up north!"
    :-) she had no idea. Small world I guess.

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    1. Oh my stars, that's SO sweet! And how funny, such a small world indeed ;-)

      Thanks so much Melissa!

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  3. You planted in a Hostess? I don't even own any color of hostess! They are really lovely. Today I found myself wondering if I could plant herbs in my few spare pieces.

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    1. Really?! I thought you had a Hostess! I'll have to keep my eye out for you...

      You should turn some into planters! It's a great way to use some of those "few extras" haha... ;-)

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  4. I am new to your blog and LOVE it!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your home!! I have been looking through some of your posts but need to come back when I have more time.
    Looking forward to visiting again soon!!

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    1. Wow, thank you! You're so sweet. I've been trying to blog more often lately...do come back soon ;-)

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  5. For the love of Pyrex!! After seeing your hometour, I went on ebay and bought a set of pyrex. Have you collected for years or have you just found great deals somewhere?? Anyways you have a sweet home, loved the tour!

    Shellieandy@yahoo.com

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    1. Aww, really? And another Pyrex collector is born! That's how I got started, seeing Pyrex on people's blogs.

      What set did you buy?

      I've collected for two years this month. I thrift almost all of my Pyrex, I have a hard time spending more than $15 on a piece, unless it's a rare one. I've only purchased one piece on eBay. Part of what I love is the hunt!

      Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  6. Lovely! Succulents are my favorite plants, ever since our pastor's wife in California brought me a big pot full of them. In Pyrex? Even better.

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    1. I must know, do you have any Pyrex, Gretchen?

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    2. Not a single piece. Will you still be my friend?

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  7. Love the pyrex idea! just pinned it.
    -Trish

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  8. Would you mind sharing what size the turquoise hostess is? It looks like a different size than the usual 2.5qt. Thanks!

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    1. It is the classic large turquoise Hostess size, from the chop & dip set! :)

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