Succulnets in Chalk Painted Mason Jar

Succulnets in Chalk Painted Mason Jar

What you need:  

  • three 2.5 - 3 inch Diam. succulent cuttings 
  • 3 vertical pencil sized cuttings (4.5 - 6 inches long)
  • 1.5 cups cactus plant mix (or half soil and half sand mixed) 
  • 1/2 cup broken charcoal pieces (no "instant light" ones please)
  • a pint Mason Jar, exterior painted with chalk paint and sealed with a spray sealant 

Supplies:  

  • pruning shears
  • a chop stick

Steps: 4  

Rated: Easy Arrangement

Chalk painted Mason Jars are in.  You can buy them or paint them yourself.  It's not hard.  Here's a great tutorial for painting them yourself:  http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/paint-distress-mason-jars/

I planted mine after watching a tutorial on how to paint the jars and plant them by my friend Allison. Here's a shout out to Allison.  If you are painting the jar yourself, select a Mason Jar with writing, measurements, and a decorative design, so when you sand over those areas  you will see them.  You can display it on a decorative saucer.

If you use succulent cuttings, let them sit 24 hours (out of direct sunlight) before planting.  The broken charcoal promotes drainage, so you don't have too much water in the bottom of the container.  (You don't want to roots to rot.)  After watering, you can hold the plants and soil in place and tip the Mason Jar upside down to let excess water run out.  

OK, if you have your supplies and your chalk painted Mason Jar, then you are ready to begin.

Here are your supplies and succulents.

Here are your supplies and succulents.

Pour 1/2 cup broken charcoal into bottom of Mason Jar.

Pour 1/2 cup broken charcoal into bottom of Mason Jar.

Pour 1.5 cups of cactus mix on top of charcoal.

Pour 1.5 cups of cactus mix on top of charcoal.

Pour in a little water.

Pour in a little water.

Push your first succulent in right back.

Push your first succulent in right back.

Push your second succulent down on left with it hanging over the side.

Push your second succulent down on left with it hanging over the side.

Place  3 vertical succulents at 30 degree angle from center, with shortest on outside.

Place  3 vertical succulents at 30 degree angle from center, with shortest on outside.

It may be helpful to use a chopstick to make a hole for the stem.  Like so.

It may be helpful to use a chopstick to make a hole for the stem.  Like so.

Now plant your center succulent in the front.

Now plant your center succulent in the front.

Here's the view from the left side with measurements in cups.

Here's the view from the left side with measurements in cups.

The right side with measurements in ML.

The right side with measurements in ML.

The deccorative back with a fruit motiff in a lacy oval.

The deccorative back with a fruit motiff in a lacy oval.

And a bird's eye view.

And a bird's eye view.

And you are done.  Cool.

And you are done.  Cool.