Far Out Flora

Grilling Up Succulents


Succulent abuse

Oh the humanity! I’ve been feeling kind of bad about these guys for awhile now. They look so sad all jammed in that shallow little box. They don’t get a lot of sun these days either, since they’re on the winter shade side of the patio.

Back in the day

Look at how sweet and innocent they were last year in April. I mentioned not planning it out beforehand in the post I wrote back when I made it. Didn’t really plan for long term, but that’s okay. I like moving succulents around. I saw a post about turning a grill in to a planter a couple months back (tried to find it with no luck).

Succulent grill

Max is really proud of it. Not all of the plants in the box made it to the grill. A lucky passer by picked up a big box of Sedum rubrotinctum within minutes of me putting it on the curb. I really jammed them in, but that just means I’ll have to rearrange again in six months. It’s a big step up from the torture box. We used screen to keep the dirt from falling out the holes on the bottom, and threw some gravel in the bottom for drainage.

New home

Here it is in its new home behind Matti’s jade tree.  It’s going to get hit with crap falling on it from our neighbor’s crapilious Myoporum laetum tree, which can sometimes piss off certain plants, but it mostly just pisses us off. Matti replaced the half rotting handle with a wine cork and handle from the top of the grill. He cleaned it up too. If we get really ambitious we can pimp it out like the Half Moon Bay Garden Club did back in June, check out their entry for the San Mateo County Fair.


  1. Oooh, the succulents in the grill looks really cool. Love it.

  2. Genius on the old grills! We have two of them so have to decide on either hardy succulents or seasonal flowers in them. I could see painting them and maybe even shortening the legs. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I’m always amazed at how much top growth on these succulents – in a teaspoon of soil! Excellent idea, I’m going to look for a grill now, it’s added to my list of junk to find for my collection.

  4. Congratulations! Your succulents always look great! I enjoy all your posts and I’m always looking forward for a new post. Anca

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  6. Great idea! I just saw a similar shaped vessel at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix and wondered how I was going to copy it. A Weber – brilliant!

  7. What a good idea, I never use the grill!

  8. Gorgeous, guys, you are so creative (and can I say, not to promote comparison and competition, but you definitely give Flora Grubb a run for their way-too-much-money. Seriously). Maybe you could have a succulent propagation and arranging and potting workshop some sunny weekend afternoon? I’ll bring the kitchsy cupcake decorating figurines….

  9. This is an awesome idea! I love what you did. Matter of fact we have 2 old BBQ’s in the backyard I could plant in. My mind is a whirl. Better than going into the dump. They are not webber’s but oh my imagination!!!!

  10. They look great! Cool idea

  11. Very nice. When I first read the title I thought you had some great recipes for marinading and grilling cactus on the BBQ! Very creative.

  12. They are looking happy in their new home :)

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