I thought about replanting it with something other than strawberries, like a colorful assortment of flowers or bunches of culinary herbs, before landing on the idea of planting it full of succulents.
I chose two varieties of hardy hens and chicks: Emerald Empress (Sempervivum 'Emerald Empress') and Cobweb (Semperivivum arachnoideum)
If you'd like to plant your own succulent strawberry pot, here's what you'll need:
- Strawberry pot
- Potting soil mixed with perlite (or a cactus mix)
- Piece of screen
- 12 inch section of PVC pipe
- One or more succulent plants per planting pocket, and four or more for the top
1. Cover the bottom drainage hole with the screen to keep soil from washing out.
2. Drill holes along all sides of the PVC pipe for even watering.
3. Fill the bottom of the pipe with a piece of rolled-up sponge to keep water from draining too quickly.
4. Place pipe offset from the center to help with even watering.
5. Cover the top of the pipe with a piece of sponge or newspaper so it won't get clogged while planting.
6. Fill pot with soil to the first level of pockets.
7. Insert a plant into the pocket.
8. Add a layer of soil to the next level of pockets and the plant.
9. Plant the top of the pot; remove the top covering and water plants through the top of the pipe.
Set the pot in a sunny spot and keep the soil moist, but not wet, through the growing season.
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