Succulent Planter Pumpkins

Learn how to turn pumpkins into a planter for small, sculptural succulents. As a fall decoration, it's both functional and beautiful.

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Ghostly pale pumpkins make striking vessels for small, sculptural plants like succulents. House your favorite sun-loving varieties—echeveria, haworthia, and jade—inside a natural planter that's both functional and beautiful. For this project, you will need two key things: gardening pot liners and the perfect soil. 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 Living features editor Melissa Ozawa. "So I would recommend a cactus potting soil blend." Once carved, pumpkins will last five to ten days before wilting and showing signs of decay.

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  1. Turn liner upside down and position circular opening over the stem, tracing the circumference with a grease pencil.

  2. Use the keyhole saw to cut the circle. Then, using the fleshing tool, remove seeds, stringy pulp, and a thin layer of flesh from inside of the pumpkin.

  3. Insert one liner into the opening. Then, fill a second liner with soil, transplant succulents into it, and slip into the first liner resting in the pumpkin. Pro tip: Using two liners makes it easier to repot succulents after the autumn season is over.

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