Far Out Flora

Sprucing up Shiny


Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

A tad past two years ago, I found this shiny object which I jammed packed with a ton O succulent cuttings. Well, it’s been way over due for a little sprucing up. Above is the result. Check out the side by side at the end.

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 2009

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 2009

Here’s how it looked 2 years ago…it’s really more if a game of survivor. Cruising the Mission hood for funky stuff, I found this UFC (Unidentified Found Container. 35 cuttings from our backyard later, it was filled with hope, dreams, and promise. Our Thrift Store Succulent Storage post tells more of the story.

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

Why did it need a replanting? Well, rarely do plants look superb forever, unless you’re using plastic. Here’s a recent pic how it’s been looking. That’s what a year of total neglect looks like. Shocking anything is still alive.

The cool thing is that I have a better idea which of these succulents can handle a some stress. Taking a peek above, looks like the tough guys are a couple of aeoniums, some Sedum rebrotinctum, a sempervivum, Crassula tetragona, and some other crassula & sedum.

Feb 2010ish on Left -- Nov 2011is on the Right

Feb 2010 on Left -- Nov 2011 on the Right

Check out this before and after (clicking our pics make them big). There’s about an 18 months span from left to right. Game on, let’s see which will endure thru 2012.

— Far Out Flora


  1. Very cool! I plan to use my old BBQ grill next summer for my cactus planter (Stole the idea off your site). For now since I live in Kansas my cactus planter is in the garage.

  2. If you are still seeking UFCs, check out SCRAP (http://www.scrap-sf.org/ – it’s out in Bayview, near FLora Grubb.) Loads of shiny things there, for very, very cheap.

  3. Your title says “spucing”. Kind of a weird word… 😉

  4. I have that problem with plantings deteriorating too, with the delicate stuff getting overrun. The UFC spruced up great.

  5. Love the UFC and don’t feel bad… even succulents don’t last forever. If they were in full sun, the UFC may have fried some of them.

  6. Great post. I’m glad to learn that sometimes plants just need a little touching up (so to speak). I thought it was just me. Thanks to you both I planted some succulents this summer. I always have a battle in my yard with the squirrels. Believe it or not, they dig up all my potted plants. The squirrels won this year. Maybe your planter here would work for me!

    • Squirrels are cute, but can be little tricksters when it comes to the garden. Happy to say, they don’t hang in our hood, but then we have the gophers.

      Yeah, really there are few container / platings that can go on auto pilot forever. I like to think of them like your hair or nails that needs cutting every so often. Matti

  7. I sit here wondering what the heck that thing was for originally. Strange but you put it to great use.!

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