Are you getting your garden updated for the summer season? Our friend, Gretchen, used our galvanized tray to create a lovely succulent planter. Lucky for us, she made a short video to show you how!
Creating your own DIY Succulent Planter
Galvanized trays are such versatile decor items. You can use them inside or outside, pretty them up for the holidays, or use them to organize everyday items. Our friend Gretchen used hers as a planter for her new succulents, and she is showing you how.
Here is a quick step-by-step on creating your very own succulent arrangement.
1. Gather all needed items upfront
You will need a galvanized tray, a drill, some succulent planting mix, and your succulents. You will also need proper safety items for using a drill, including gloves and eyewear, and gardening gloves, and tools for planting your succulents.
2. Safety first
Gretchen uses a Dewalt drill to create drainage holes in her galvanized tray. This is important because you need the root systems of these plants to have proper drainage to avoid overwatering and possibly killing your plants.
Safety first! Gretchen uses proper eye wear and safety gloves before drilling her tray, and you should, too!
3. Create a plan for your plants
Look at the size of the tray and provide proper spacing between your plants. Smaller succulents typically need 1/2"- 1" between plants and should have that same distance between the plant and the edge of the container.
4. Use succulent soil mix
It is important to use the right kind of soil mix for succulents, as drainage is very important to this type of plant. They do not need as much water as other plants, and a succulent soil mix typically includes pumice, sand or perlite to aid in proper drainage. Be cautious when planting; succulent plants have very delicate root systems and must be treated gently when planting.
5. Place your plants
Use the plan you created and plant your succulents in your galvanized tray garden. Once you have them arranged according to your plan, give them a drink of water, and leave them alone to get settled.
Water your succulents every other week or so, unless temperatures are very high. You may choose to water them weekly during the high heat of the summer
Your tray garden is complete!
If you plan to keep it indoors, you will want to find a nice mat to place beneath it to avoid transference of soil and water to the surface it sits on.