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Last Updated on September 8, 2022 by Diane Hoffmaster
If you love indoor gardening, you can upcycle candle jars into a DIY succulent garden. I like to reuse candle jars whenever I can to reduce my carbon footprint. I hate to throw them away or even just recycle them. Reusing them is a great way to save money on indoor gardening.
People love succulents, but often don't have the space for a large plant. Succulents are perfect plants for people who want to have green plants in their homes, but don't have a lot of space.
One way to grow succulents is in small jars. This is a great solution if you want to try your hand at growing succulents, or if you live in an apartment and don't have a lot of room for plants.
Reusing Candle Jars for a DIY Succulent Garden
While I try to buy reusable candle jars when I can, I inevitably am left with tons of old candle jars that need a new purpose.
I have been looking for ways to upcycle candle jars and found a lot of cute suggestions on Pinterest. Most of them showed how to upcycle candle jars into new candle holders but I was looking for something different.
I decided to upcycle candle jars into a DIY succulent garden and I think it turned out really cute!
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How to Clean Wax out of Candle Jars
If you have never cleaned wax out of candle jars, you need to do that before you can upcycle candle jars into anything else.
Just turn your spent candle upside down in an 8 x 8 pan covered in foil. Then, put the pan in the oven set on low (200 degrees) until the wax is melted and has fallen out of the candle.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the candle jar cool for a minute or two. Wipe the interior with a paper towel and you are ready to upcycle candle jars into whatever you want!
Upcycling Jars for a DIY Succulent Garden
All you need to upcycle candle jars into a DIY succulent garden is your old candle jars, small stones, small succulents, and some loose potting soil.
Just put the rocks in first (less than an inch) and place your potting soil and succulents on top of the rocks. pressing the soil down gently.
You can place your candle jar succulent garden on a small plate to make watering easier or just set them direction on the windowsill.
Tips for Growing Small Succulents Indoors
Growing succulents is a fun hobby, even if you don’t have much of a green thumb. Here are a few tips for growing small succulents in your home :
1. Start with healthy plants: Small succulents are delicate, so it’s important to start with plants that are in good health. Check the leaves and stems for signs of pests or disease before you buy them.
2. Plant in well-draining soil: Succulents need well-draining soil in order to thrive. If your pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, be sure to add one before you plant. You can buy succulent soil for the best luck.
3. Water regularly: Succulents need to be watered about once a week, or when the soil is dry to the touch. Be careful not to over-water, as this can lead to root rot.
4. Give them plenty of light: Most small succulents need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. If you don’t have a sunny spot in your home, you can grow them under fluorescent lights.
5. Don’t forget to fertilize: Small succulents need to be fertilized about once a month during the growing season. Succulent fertilizer is your best bet
6. Protect them from extreme temperatures: Small succulents are not frost-tolerant, so be sure to bring them indoors if the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to growing healthy and happy small succulents in your home.
Best Small Succulents To Grow Indoors
Not all succulents will grow well in small jars. You need to choose small succulents that won’t grow too large. Here are a few different succulents you might want to try growing.
1. String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
2. Baby toes (Fenestraria rhopalophylla)
3. Living stones (Lithops sp.)
4. Haworthia cooperi
5. Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi
6. Gasteria bicolor
7. Crassula perforata
8. Sedum morganianum
9. Aeonium haworthii
10. Echeveria elegans
These are just a few examples of small succulents that can be grown in containers indoors.
Be sure to do your research to find the best plants for your specific needs and environment.
With a little care, you can have a beautiful and healthy indoor succulent garden. And a a lot fewer small jars in your recycling bin.
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How To Make This DIY Succulent Garden
Succulents are easy to grow and can live indoors or out, provided they get plenty of sun. Plus, they come in so many varieties that you will never run out of new succulents to plant in tiny jars.
- Old candle jars with wax cleaned out
- Small stones
- Small succulents. Check out this collection of 20 live mini succulents.
- Potting soil
- Spoon for dirt if desired
Place clean stones in the bottom of the candle jar to less than 1 inch deep
Place potting soil on top of stones
Add small succulents and fill the remainder of the jar with more soil
Water gently and set in a sunny windowsill
- Old candle jars with wax cleaned out
- small stones
- small succulents
- potting soil
- Clean wax out of candle jars
- Place clean stones in the bottom of the candle jar to less than 1 inch deep
- Place potting soil on top of stones
- Add small succulents and fill the remainder of the jar with more soil
- Water gently and set in a sunny windowsill
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.