Strawberry Jars, Herb Pots, Sedum Planter, and a Saucer Full of Succulents!

Found them!

I’ve been on the search for strawberry pots that didn’t cost a fortune.  Finally, on our way back from a recent trip to Ithaca, NY we stumbled upon a farm market that had some decent prices, so I got three!

Over the weekend I managed to get quite a few things planted, including tomatoes and herbs.  Right now, though, I’m most excited about these lovely pots!

In the blue pot here I’ve planted ‘Love & Tangles’ (lower left), Sedum ‘Angelina’ (upper right), and some Hens and Chicks in the other pockets and in the top.

This larger pot (below)  is full of herbs: rosemary, sage, lemon thyme, oregano, tarragon, parsley, and we’ll see how that basil does on top…might be too crowded in there for basil to be happy, but I since I have a lot of other basil plants I thought I’d experiment and see.

This small pot has three Alpine Strawberry plants and some sage. I read that sage and strawberries are good companions so thought I’d try them together here:

Here’s a view of two of the herb pot, the sedum pot, and a red pot saucer where I’ve planted more succulents: ‘Love & Tangles,’ some Hens and Chicks, a ‘John Creech’ stonecrop, and a tiny little button – looking succulent (not sure of its name.) I don’t think you can see it in this photo:

Here’s another view. Behind them against the garage wall you can kind of see the Persian Shield I just picked up last week at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden plant sale, as well as another yellow saucer full of sedums:

Close ups of the sedum / succulent saucers:

I love the saucers, but realized (after planting them) that they don’t have any drainage holes! I would not have wanted to try drilling any for fear of breaking the ceramic dishes…but now I’m concerned about them drowning in rain water.

I like them where they are, and they get great sun there, but it might be a pain (and sort of impossible) to move them every time I think it might rain. Shoot!

The yellow saucer is place on a fairly steep angle up against some rocks, so maybe water will drain out that way (and hopefully not cause an avalanche of hens and chicks to follow it out!), but the red saucer is lying flat on the ground.

I guess there’s nothing to be done but move them when I’m able to before a rainstorm and if not, just drain the water out myself after it rains. If worse comes to worse I can always put them directly into the ground or into other pots with drainage, but I really loved these saucers and the way the plants look inside them.

Any thoughts?

10 thoughts on “Strawberry Jars, Herb Pots, Sedum Planter, and a Saucer Full of Succulents!

    • Thanks! I’m happy with them. The saucers are ceramic, with some sort of rough glaze. They may be a bit porous, but probably not enough. Looks like I’ll be tipping and moving, tipping and moving. Ha!

  1. Wow! You’ve been busy. What a great selection of succulents!

    The glaze on the red saucer will make it more important to empty rainwater because it is not at all porous or absorbent like an unglazed terra cotta piece would be. Leaning it is a good idea. Drilling a hole with a ceramic bit would be the best insurance against plants “drowning” in wetness. Most succulents have no tolerance for wet feet. Watch for yellowing or mushiness as the initial clue they want out.

    I caught a glimpse of that Persian Shield back there – always a stunner. Mine wintered over and will go out soon.

    Is that little button shaped thing called “living stones” ? I have seen it in catalogs, never grew any myself. I think the Latin name might be Lithrops.

    Your Strawberry Jars look really good.

  2. Your jars look great! Not sure what to do about non-drainage. Especially with succulents. Guess you could run out there and stick an umbrella over them when it rains! 😉

  3. Thanks everyone!

    Bev & Carolyn – you are thinking alike regarding the ceramic drill bit (who knew such a thing existed?)

    I agree it will be worth the time and trouble to do it. I paid for these plants and I adore them – I don’t want to lose them! Why oh why didn’t I ask about this first?

    I guess this is the “error” part of trial and error! Hahaha. Live and learn, as my mother would say.

  4. Wow, you found them! Awesome! Question, can you keep these outdoors all winter long? I had a terracotta outside this past winter and it cracked from the moisture.

    • Thanks! My friend and “garden guru” Bev tells me that she always empties her strawberry pots out at end of autumn exactly for that reason – terra cotta will crack over the winter if left outside.

      She takes out all of her hens and chicks and puts them in the ground (she has a large “sedum berm” / rock garden so she adds them to it.)

      They are fine in the ground over winter…in the spring, she digs up / removes baby chicks and re-pots the planters.

      I don’t want to risk my pots cracking now that I finally found some, so I’ll definitely be following her advice.

  5. As mentioned previously, a ceramic or concrete bit should do the trick as long as you took it slow and didn’t let it get tooo hot.

  6. I hope your red saucer survived. You might google “wicking”.Ive been reading about it on a garden site. Wick like candle wick. YOu can wick water and wick drain, and it’s supposed to make it impossible to over or underwater. I’ve tested on tomatoes in container for the last week and it seems to be working fine, even outdoors when temps have been all over the place and some pretty strong drying winds.

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