July 19, 2010
DIY: Tea-Tin PlantersPosted by Ellen Heck
Here’s an easy DIY/recycling project for summer: tiny tea-tin planters.
If you are better with plants than I am, which you probably are, you will undoubtedly have a million choices of sweet baby flowers that would be beautiful in a matching tea container; but alas, I can only manage to grow one thing – cacti – so here’s a little tutorial on transplanting succulent cuttings.
#1 cut off desired plant piece above a bud
#2 put it somewhere dry and forget about it
#3 remember it, a few months later, and surprise! it will have grown some roots
#4 plant in the tea-tin in some quick-draining soil and forget about it again until next time it needs another trim
(You can probably see from the instructions why I am not a great gardener, but thanks to a friend of ours who is a card-carrying member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, this has been working out for me pretty well over the last few years.)
Below: Those little guys will plump up right away after you water them – I promise. Here is a photo from the day of transplant.
And this is from a few weeks later:
And here’s a link to Harney & Sons, which not only makes lovely tins, but also sells nice tea.