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It’s surprisingly easy to make a succulent driftwood planter that looks professionally designed.

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Driftwood pieces (from Sea Foam Driftwood) come with pre-drilled crevices for potting.

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Materials include small potted succulents, cuttings, sea shells, bits of tumbled glass, moss, rocks and sand. Tools are clippers, hot glue, and a chopstick for tucking-in plants and settling roots.

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Begin by filling the planting hole with potting soil.

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Add small rooted succulents and cuttings, envisioning them as undersea flora and fauna growing in and on submerged logs.

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Use a chopstick to tuck floral moss into remaining gaps. Moss will conceal any exposed soil and help hold cuttings in place until they root.

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Cuttings selected by Julie Levi include trailers (Ruschia perfoliata, Crassula lycopodioides), colorful rosettes (Sedum nussbaumerianum and Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’), and Crassula tetragona, among others. A sea urchin shell, attached with hot glue, is the perfect finishing touch.

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Connie Levi chose a slightly different assortment: Crassula lycopodioides (watch-chain crassula), a dwarf aloe, Aeonium haworthii, Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’ (a stacked crassula), and for upright interest (at right), Hatiora salicornioides.

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Linda Powell filled her piece of driftwood with pieces of jade, Kalanchoe pumila, variegated aeoniums, an echeveria, a dwarf aloe that resembles a sea star, and dainty cremnosedum rosettes. I like how she clustered smaller shells, too.

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Libbi Salvo’s long piece of driftwood, with several areas for planting, would make a good centerpiece for a rectangular outdoor table.

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Find out more! Instructor Katie Christensen explains her design approach in my recently released YouTube video: Succulents in Driftwood (2:51)

 

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7 Response Comments

  • Jussimara Santos GuissoSeptember 6, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Sou fascinada pôr plantas , amo amo principalmente suculentas e cactos de todas espécies quando estou com elas esqueço de tudo a minha felicidade é muita, um forte abraço ! ???

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  • Kathleen De PauwApril 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Hi, i want to know where i can order driftwood. i cant find any nice ones to use for planting like you show. please email me back. i love your stuff. thanks, Kathleen De Pauw

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    • DebraApril 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Kathleen — You want Pacific Northwest driftwood. Katie (who is from Washington) gathered these on a visit, but I did find a supplier online: Drifting Home.

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  • Ashley​April 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    What do you suggest using for preserving or finishing the driftwood so that it is safe for the plants? Do you have a certain brand of product you like to use?

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    • DebraApril 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      I blast it with a hose to dislodge loose dirt and accretions, scrub it with soapy water if it’s really dirty, soak it for several days in a tub of water to which a little bleach has been added (1/4 cup bleach to 5 gallons of water), then place the wet driftwood in the sun to dry for several days.

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  • Dawn SSeptember 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hi, I live in Green Bay, WI, there really is no where no find Driftwood any where here, what would you suggest I do? I absoultly Love this idea!! Thank You

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