Driftwood Succulent Planter

I love nothing more than when I get people thinking outside of the box, perhaps I shouldn’t take credit for it but when a large washed up piece of driftwood at the beach and my normally scientific minded husband starts thinking up some pretty out-there ideas for what to use it for… I can’t help but think a little bit of me is rubbing off on him 🙂 … now, why doesn’t his will power or his ability to remember names rub off on me? Dang nammit!

Here is the driftwood log as we found it, what would you have thought to do with it? Would you have thought of a letterbox stand? A bird feeder? A driftwood planter? Why, what a coincidence, so did we!
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Now, I don’t mind using power drills but this was one tough bit of wood, I caved and enlisted the help of dear husband. {thank you husband} He used a hammer drill and a circular drill bit in varying sizes as I wanted a selection of different sized holes running up the length of the log.

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He then used a chisel to pry the middle section of wood out, leaving a circular hole.

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Now, for my part in the story. I have had succulent cuttings at the ready, already to go. If you want to know how to get cuttings ready for planting, read my previous post on propagating succulents from leaves or cuttings, here.

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Fill the holes half way with succulent and cacti potting mix, or you can make your own with equal parts sand and good quality soil.

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You want to make sure there is area for your cutting to grow into, meaning choose cuttings smaller than the hole you have made for it.

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I wrapped fishing line around the base of the log, where the holes are almost vertical, this ensured the cuttings had something to rest against until they start to root.

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You can see where I initially drew circles for my husband to cut, we weren’t able to cut these last few as the drill literally blew up~ if this happens to you unplug it and throw it on the grass. They can be known to start electrical fires. Our hammer drill just let out a lot of smoke luckily, no fire. RIP hammer drill. You didn’t do too bad, considering you where only $29.95.

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