There is nothing as perfect as a match between a teacup and a succulent! Two of my favourite things! And there are so many teacups available in op shops and thrift stores, as well as being able to strike succulents from cuttings, making it an easy DIY job with a big impact. I have used some old teacups I was not using for my daily intake of huge amounts of leaf tea, and some cuttings from succulents I already had, to create a trio of pretty teacup suucculent gardens.
There are not too many steps in making teacup succulents. You just need some pretty teacups, plus some potting mix, pebbles and succulents. You can also use some other organic material like coir like I have for added effect, or more pebbles on the top. You do not have to drill a hole in the teacup, just water sparingly and be ready to repot them when they outgrow the teacup. The pebbles are important in helping to stop the roots getting too wet. You can use a special succulent or cactus potting mix if you like.
You can buy succulents or just use cuttings from a friend or forage for them – I have found plenty roadside and also at our beach shack. I am also lucky to have this wheelbarrow full and just clipped some from the barrow. No special preparation for the cuttings, I just pop them in and they seem to take.
Steps to Make a Teacup Succulent Garden
- When planting succulents, the container you are planting in should have either a drainage hole or the pebbles on the bottom before your potting mix. In a teacup if you are not confident drilling a hole, then use pebbles or crushed rock as a bottom layer followed by potting mix. They will likely outgrow their home reasonably quickly and need a new container which may need a drain hole.
- After planting, water in well and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Succulents don’t like to have wet feet.
- When you do water, water well.
- Most succulents do best in bright but indirect sunlight – experiment with where yours like to sit. Like all plants if having them indoors, give them regular holidays outside.
Do you love succulents and what have you used as a container for them? We would love to see so please share! You might like this birdcage succulent project too