Plant in a non planter!


As part of our garden posts, I am sharing “Put a Plant in a Vintage Tea Cup!” (Or any other lovely container that is not a pot.) Oh the beauty of it! I found a lovely vintage footed teacup at a thrift store, and I suppose I would normally display it and use it with other vintage wares, but I had a mini Kalanchoe plant that was outgrowing it’s tiny pot and they just looked so good together.

Because the Kalanchoe needs good drainage and the teacup has no drainage holes, they are not exactly a match made in gardening heaven, so I treated the cup as I did our “Mini Fairy Garden Terrarium” you can find that post here.

Tools For the Trade:

1. Vintage tea cup or other container of choice

2. Rocks- to help drainage

3. Dirt

4. Plant- succulents are great for these tiny containers.

5. Activated charcoal to prevent molding at the bottom.

Note: As usual, use what you have, if you do not have charcoal or rocks that’s fine. Just let you plant dry well between waterings. Sand may be used in a layer with the dirt as well for succulants. Or just put an air plant in it!

The How To:

1. Begin by washing your teacup in hot soapy water and let dry.

2. Once your container is dry, add a scoop of activated charcoal to the bottom.


3. Top with a layer of rocks


4. If transplanting, put a light layer of soil over the rocks to your desired height, add your plant surrounding it with more soil. I used a small spoon to scoop soil around the plant.


Why hello there Kalanchoe! Look at you all dolled up in your fancy little tea cup!

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