Succulent Box Goes Vertical

Succulent box hung this weekend.

Succulent box hung this weekend.

We finally hung this vertical box fill with succulent clippings.  I have lost track exactly when this yard sale score was acquired, but we set it up to grow last October 2009.

We love that San Francisco has yard sales, flea markets, etc. year round which provide an endless supply of cheap containers.  This one was picked up for 50 cents.  It is one of those funny little objects which we have no clue what it was used for…maybe a kids toy…maybe some type of drink holder.

About 14 weeks later, it is filled in and hanging.

About 14 weeks later, it is filled in and hanging.

We pried off the back of the pressed wood box, lined the inside with a synthetic red mesh, followed by a layer of sphagnum moss and a little cactus soil.  Using a pencil, we poked holes through the mesh and stuck in a variety of succulent cuttings taken from around out garden.  We then let it lay flat so that the succulents could take root and secure themselves when it hangs vertically.

Vertical box fits well next to the buoy we found washed up on the beach.

Vertical box fits well next to the buoy we found washed up on the beach.

As you can see from the before and after photos, some of the succulents grew more aggressively than others.  Before hanging it this past weekend, we gave it a haircut and popped in a couple more succulent cuttings in order to balance out the color and texture.  Here is a what it looked like back in October 2009.

Succulent clippings planted in Oct. 2009.  How it looked originally.

Succulent clippings planted in Oct. 2009. How it looked originally.

Matti Far Out Flora

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