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Easy Indoor Succulent Rock Garden

This little craft was not planned.  I hadn’t planned to do any indoor planting, because I have the thumb of death for all indoor plants.

I know it’s crazy, I have been growing a beautiful vegetable garden for 4 years now.  I spend hours outside sending my vegetables happy, positive vibes and it seems to work well for me because I always have more vegetables than we can eat and preserve in a year.  

And last year I planted by first flower garden in my front yard and it has been thriving!  So why is it so hard for me to keep plants alive in my home, where I spend so much time???

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Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love indoor plants.  I think they make a room so beautiful.  But cut flowers are the best I have been able to do to add life to my indoor space.

So when my son wanted to wander Cactus and Tropicals while we were killing an hour the other day, we got sucked into all the amazing varieties of succulents.  My son wouldn’t let me leave without a basket full of the happy little succulents and a bag of cactus potting soil!  He’s a very good wingman when it comes to shopping (he insisted I buy me a new purse the other day too, happy mommy!).

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

We came home with our selection of succulents, but had no plan for them.  They are tropical succulents so they had to be planted indoor.  I decided to head to the thrift store to see if I could find some inspiration for a home for them.  

That’s where I found this little gem!  I am pretty sure it is a chicken roaster pan, but it was a beautiful color, has cute little handles and I loved that it is made out of pottery, but the best feature, it cost only $4.99!  And it’s perfect for indoor planting because there are no drain holes to drip water all over the table.

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Assembling my succulent rock garden was super easy and took only a few minutes.  I filled the pot to the top with the cactus potting soil.  The cactus potting soil is great for the succulents because it will not hold too much water in the soil.  

This is also important since their are no drain holes, the succulents do not want to be sitting in water.  I wanted the garden to mound up a little in the middle so I added a bit extra soil to the middle.

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Then I started carefully pulling the succulents out of their little pots, shaking off the soil around their roots, then planting them in their new home.  I arranged the taller ones toward the middle and the low ones around the outside.

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

After the succulents were all planted in their new home, I gathered up some pretty river rocks.  I had these left over from another project and my kids have been playing with them in their sandbox.  Sorry kids!

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Then I carefully placed the pretty rocks around the succulents.  And presto!

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

Isn’t it so pretty.

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

I’m hoping I can keep my fancy new succulent rock garden alive and pretty!  If I can manage that, I might have to branch out and try some other indoor plants.

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

But I’m starting with my pretty succulents.  Baby steps!

What kind of plants do you like to grow indoors?

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Create a beautiful indoor succulent rock garden for your table. Tutorial on Houseful of Handmade.

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Lisa

Thursday 25th of April 2019

What a creative use for the chicken roasting pan. I never would have considered it when looking for a planter. Thank you for expanding my creativity horizons!

Kati

Thursday 2nd of May 2019

Thanks Lisa! I am glad I am helping your creativity ;)

Shirley Wood

Saturday 30th of May 2015

Very nice. I like the thrift find, beautiful color and the rocks are a nice touch too. Your son does sound like the perfect shopping buddy! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday party!

Kati Farrer

Saturday 30th of May 2015

Thank you Shirley!

Sherry

Thursday 28th of May 2015

This is a wonderful project. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. I hope you join us again this week. We're featuring you rock garden this week :-)

Trish @ tagsthoughts.com

Thursday 28th of May 2015

I'm a huge fan of succulents and I love your thrift shop 'gem'. The outcome of those with the added cactus is just lovely. Thank you for sharing at the Creative Inspiration Party. Stop back by next week ~ Monday 8pm CST.

Kati Farrer

Thursday 28th of May 2015

Thank you Trish!

Ruthie Gray

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

This is super adorable! I love succulents, I just bought some for my deck because they're so easy to care for (they are the outdoor kind, obviously) and I don't have to water them much at all. You did such a cute job arranging them and inserting the rocks. And I did chuckle at the "thumb of death". Reminds me of my newly married daughter... Found you on A Little R & R link up! (Your son is a very wise man - good move on the purse.;)

Kati Farrer

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying your succulents. And yeah, I am one lucky momma with that boy :)

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