How to plant succulents in wood?

I received this beautiful wood pen holder from my husband's grandmother, and while I think the wood is beautiful, I just don't need another pen holder. A friend suggested I plant succulents in this, and I love the idea of having greenery by my desk.
How can I plant succulents without damaging the wood?
q how to plant succulents in wood , flowers, gardening, plant care, succulents
q how to plant succulents in wood , flowers, gardening, plant care, succulents
  21 answers
  • Linda Linda on Oct 25, 2016
    Use plastic drink cups of the correct size to hold the dirt and water. Works like a charm.
  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Oct 25, 2016
    Plastic or even glass cups.
  • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Oct 25, 2016
    I can't tell what size the holes are, but it looks like an individual size yogurt container might fit the circumference. You'd need to cut the height of each one to fit the two shallow spaces. You might want to plant an air plant in the bottom space since there isn't much depth to hold dirt. BTW, I love this idea!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 25, 2016
    Small plastic containers or pretty pottery bowls will work. Make sure you plant with a cactus and succulent soil.
  • Sbo8268665 Sbo8268665 on Oct 25, 2016
    There are now faux succulents that look every bit as good as the real thing and the don't ever need to be watered. I have mine in dirt but you could use moss to avoid messing up that beautiful wood.
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Oct 25, 2016
    The small plastic plant pots most of us have would also work.
  • Susan Williams Pernot Susan Williams Pernot on Oct 25, 2016
    plastic containers or FlexSeal?
  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Oct 25, 2016
    Some vines do well in a glass of water. Don't forget that Bamboo lives well in water also. Succulents require little care in small pots. Enjoy!
  • Kel12841846 Kel12841846 on Oct 26, 2016
    Wax the wood well with floor wax (Johnson & Johnson is good). The plant pot will be on a 45 degree tilt, so not really suitable for water grown plants. I would advise planting in pots and moving them from the wooden holder when you do the infrequent watering required. Great idea. Good luck.
  • Melissa Leach Melissa Leach on Oct 26, 2016
    Have you thought about using AIRPLANTS? They don't require soil. You can remove for the occasional misting. Good luck.
  • IFortuna IFortuna on Oct 26, 2016
    Good ideas, just be sure that the wood is not used outside. I like the idea of using clear vases or jars. Pothos do well this way. No dirt just water. : )
  • Nancy Lee Nancy Lee on Oct 26, 2016
    I would put a photo of a special someone in the bottom shallow opening.
  • Donna Donna on Oct 26, 2016
    I don't know about succulents but I just wanted to say - that is a gorgeous piece of wood! What a great piece, whatever you do with it, I'm sure it will be beautiful.
  • Joah Wilks Joah Wilks on Oct 26, 2016
    Air Plants.
  • Pam Cooper Pam Cooper on Oct 26, 2016
    Wood will deteriorate and rot if exposed to moisture for long periods of time. Try inserting glass tube vases (from a specialty store or online). You can also fill with sand, use for fresh water flowers or dried arrangements. Fill the glass tubes with small holiday ornaments or seasonal greenery.
  • Delicia Ambrosino Delicia Ambrosino on Oct 26, 2016
    I agree, air plants are excellent. However, if you have your heart set on succullents then cheap clear plastic cups cut a bit lower than the top level. Succulents like dry arid climate. They are a desert plant that does well without a lot of water so I advise a few small pebbles in the bottom and the correct soil for them. Let them totally dry out between watering and then only water maybe 3 tablespoons each add more if you notice sgriveling/wrinkling. Oh, they aren't much on a lot of fertilizer either.
  • Pam Cooper Pam Cooper on Oct 26, 2016
    Another idea is to make into a mini-shadow box. Refinish the wood, put a pretty paper (or pictures) into the 'bottom', insert ornaments or keepsakes in the cavity, fit with a glass front and hang on the wall or use as a paperweight. OR add small LED lights and mirrors in the 'bottom'.
  • Lin11299034 Lin11299034 on Oct 26, 2016
    Use a votive/tea candle holder. Save the wood from damage
  • Galena Galena on Oct 26, 2016
    Find some glazed ceramics cups that fit and then plant away!😏 if you still think it will be damaged then use it as a cool organizer for the kitchen!👍🏻
  • Judy Davis Judy Davis on Oct 26, 2016
    Succulents need very little water to survive. Never overwater them. Just a bit once a month. If you plant them in a glass container you should be fine.
  • Janie Janie on Aug 08, 2020

    Use small plastic containers with holes. When you water them, remove the containers so that the wood will not get wet.

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