I recently bought a few pumpkins for our front porch. One of them was this white pumpkin.
I wanted to use it to create a succulent planter. But then I noticed that part of it had a funny little “grumpy face” look that I wanted to do something with.
So I figured out a way to do both.
A Pumpkin Succulent Planter
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Pumpkin succulent planters are fun and easy to make.
And I had garden succulents that needed dividing anyway. This pretty plant, which I believe might be an Echeveria ‘Imbricata,” bloomed so nicely over the summer.
But now this “hen” plant was being crowded in the pot by the smaller “chicks” she had since produced. So I just clipped away the smaller plants, making sure to also take as much stem as possible.
Some of the stems even had little roots on them.
And then I carefully pulled off any dead leaves.
I had cut the top off of the pumpkin, hollowed it out to about a one-inch thickness, and poked a few drain holes in the bottom.
I filled the pumpkin with moist potting soil, and then I simply poked the succulents into the soil.
It was a lot like creating a floral arrangement. I used a different variety, a longer-stemmed succulent cutting, in the middle to add some height.
The pumpkin probably won’t last long. They never do. But once the pumpkin is past its prime, I will re-pot each succulent cutting into individual 4-inch pots and, since they are not winter-hardy in my climate, put them in my greenhouse to overwinter. Once in soil, they take root pretty easily.
I do this every year with these succulents anyway, but this year they just made a pit stop along the way to this pumpkin planter.
A Grumpy Face
The grumpy face that I mentioned having seen in the pumpkin was actually on the top – the part that I cut off when I made the planter. The stem was the nose. So, instead of discarding the pumpkin top, I just propped it vertically and gave it a little makeup.
For the hair, I used my live Spanish moss. It had spent the summer hanging from branches on the front porch. I bring the moss indoors in winter, but it should be okay on the covered porch for now. I secured the moss to Grumpy Lady by tying it in the bow and then using a safety pin to attach the bow to Grumpy Lady.
I put plastic wrap on the back of the pumpkin top in hopes that it will stay fresh longer.
So, Grumpy Lady now sits in a pot in the corner of the porch waiting to be noticed.
And she’s not happy about it!
To see plants similar to my hen-and-chicks-type succulent, check out these beauties on Etsy.
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