{Easter DIY} Succulents in eggshells

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Eggshells are multi-purpose around our house.  We use them in our garden, compost, and even crush them up and put them back into the chicken’s food for the nutrients they provide.

Around Easter, I plant hens & chicks (a type of succulent) in some of them as a table centerpiece.

My grandmother gave a pot of hens & chicks to my dad for his birthday many years ago and they thrived and multiplied at the beginning of each spring, spreading out and over the pot they were planted in. We started them in new pots and shared them with family and friends.

A few years ago we planted several in an old birdbath outside our kitchen window that would no longer hold water due to a crack.

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The great thing about most succulents is that they are low maintenance and virtually impossible to kill.  These hens & chicks can be pulled up and transplanted almost anywhere, put outdoors in shade or full sun, or indoors with bare minimum window light and they still thrive.  Our outdoor succulents are watered only when it rains and our indoor hens & chicks are watered maybe once a month.  I love low maintenance plants!

I started by filling my eggshells with dirt from a rotted tree stump on our property.  Potting soil or compost will work just fine too!  I pulled up the “baby” hens & chicks sprouting off the larger ones in the bird bath and cleaned off the clumps of dirt to expose the roots and placed them in individual eggshells.  For the larger eggshells, I planted 2-3.

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I watered them generously and then brought them indoors for my table centerpiece.

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I added a sprig of rosemary and some feathers for fun.  Nothing fancy, just things from the yard.

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If you want to take some extra time, you can always dye your eggshells to give it more of an Easter vibe.  If you don’t have succulents on hand already, visit your local greenhouse (or home improvement store) and see what they offer.  If you’re around Columbia County Georgia, I cannot say enough amazing things about Sanderlin Greenhouses.  The have a beautiful selection of plants and my favorite part is the vintage Radio Flyer wagons that act as your shopping cart!

 

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