Once home, I changed my mind. The brown paper – as cool as it looks – probably isn’t very practical for watering and I wasn’t sure how to get around that issue.
Then one day, I had this weird idea: plant the springtime succulents in eggshells! I know, strange. But I’ve seen wheatgrass grown in shells for spring and thought maybe my cute plants would be a fun twist on that idea.
The process is a bit self-explanatory, but I took photos as we planted with a few tips. I did this one with my No.2 and it was a great Sunday afternoon let’s-get-our-hands-just-a-little-bit-dirty activity to do with him.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’ll NEED: cracked eggs, washed out and dry / small pebbles / needle / small succulents
STEP ONE: poke hole in bottom of egg
I just used a regular needle, but I remember doing this with my mom to blow eggs and we used a large upholstery needle. Whatever you have on hand will be fine. If you’re using a small needle, wiggle it around to open up the hole a little bit. Beware: the eggshells are thick at the bottom and so you may wreck a few while poking the holes. I suppose you don’t even have to do this step, I’m just assuming it’s a good idea for drainage. Up to you.
STEP TWO: add small pebbles to the bottom of egg
This will help with draining (in theory).
STEP THREE: pull apart succulents
The little plants usually come in groups of three or so in each small pot. Just gently pull them apart, keeping roots intact.
STEP FOUR: place plant in shell + fill in with soil
And that’s it!
It was fun to try out all the different shapes and textures of plants.
I kept the original egg carton to display them in (I just lightly water the whole thing in the kitchen sink and the egg carton does fine), and also put a few in a ceramic egg carton (from Anthropologie).
Cute, yes? And maybe a little odd. But I’m okay with that.
Succulents are supposedly very low-maintenance, but I have a way with killing most plants that I bring into our home. I did a little research and here’s what I found to help us keep these beauties happy:
TIPS FOR KEEPING SUCCULENTS ALIVE INDOORS
1. Keep in sunny places – they are a desert plant and thrive in sun and dry climates.
2. Let them dry out completely before watering.
3. Bright green plants are easier to keep alive – steer clear of the purple, grays and oranges if you’re looking for indoor success.