The idea of pumpkins as plant vessels came, of course, from Martha Stewart. These make gorgeous centerpieces, outdoor decorations and crafty host gifts. Once I started making them I realized I liked them even better in a mini version as desk and windowsill adornments.
Choose cold hardy plants, and then once the pumpkin starts to decompose, you can plant the whole thing in the ground since you have a biodegradable planter. I love succulents as they are very low maintenance. Hens & Chicks do well year round, and provide great ground cover.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Medium to small sugar pumpkin
- 2-4 Hens & Chicks succulents, depending on size and number of pumpkins
- Potting Mix Soil
- handful of small stones
- Serrated Knife
- Melon Baller or grapefruit spoon
First cut off the top of the pumpkin, and use the melon baller or grapefruit spoon to hollow out the inside. Then using the tip of the knife bore a small hole in the base of the pumpkin to allow for drainage. Put the small stones in the pumpkin just so that the bottom is covered. Fill the pumpkin ½ way with dirt so that when the succulent is placed in, the plant is above the opening of the pumpkin. Fill in space around the plant with additional dirt. Clean the dirt from the pumpkin with a damp towel and it is ready for presentation! These kinds of plants need lots of sun, but only a weekly watering. Do not saturate the roots. When keeping inside, be sure to place on a saucer to collect excess water, but don’t let the pumpkin sit in a puddle.