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Succulent Planter Pumpkins

Ghostly pale pumpkins make striking vessels for small, sculptural plants. House your favorite sun-loving varieties—echeveria, haworthia, and jade—inside a natural planter that's both functional and beautiful.

pumpkin succulents

Photography: Janelle Jones

Source: Martha Stewart


For this project, you will need two key things: gardening pot liners and the perfect soil. Liners are available at home improvement and gardening stores. When planting in a vessel without drainage holes such as a pumpkin, opt to use a liner. This prevents the soil from quickly rotting the inside of the pumpkin, and you'll be able to swap plants in and out without disturbing the roots. "You'll need a soil that drains well," says Features & Garden Editor Melissa Ozawa. "So I would recommend a cactus potting soil blend." (Note: Once carved, pumpkins will last five to ten days before wilting and showing signs of decay.)


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  • Pumpkin

  • Grease pencil

  • Keyhole saw (Pictured: Stanley 15-206 Jab Saw with Wood Handle, 6", $5.29,

  • Fleshing tool (Pictured: Kemper Fleshing Tool in Flat, $17.99,

  • Succulents

  • Cactus potting soil blend (Similar to pictured: Dr. Earth Exotic Blend Cactus and Succulent Potting Mix, $15.26 for 8 qt.,

  • Gardening pot liners (2 per pumpkin)


  1. Turn liner upside down and position circular opening over the stem, tracing the circumference with a grease pencil. Use keyhole saw to cut the circle. Use fleshing tool to remove seeds, stringy pulp, and a thin layer of flesh from inside of pumpkin. Insert one liner into the opening. Fill a second liner with soil, transplant succulents into it, and slip into the first liner resting in the pumpkin. (Note: Using two liners makes it easier to repot succulents after the autumn season is over.)

    succulent pumpkins

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