Wednesday, June 17, 2015

planting in vintage tea tins: what I have learned

I have kept this little cacti alive for over a year now! It grew so much I couldn't wait to re-pot it. I always love the look of plants re-potted in vintage containers and over the years I have learned what works and what doesn't so here is what kept my plant alive while looking cute. 

I have found you should never put dirt/ a plant directly into a tin. Saving your garbage and hoarding old plastic planters is a good idea. I brought my desired tin to the plant store to find the perfect fit. The rim of this planter cups over the tin perfectly much better than I ever expected. In the bottom of the tin I placed a plastic bag to prevent the tin from getting rusty and added rocks to fill up the empty space and add weight to the tin. Your tin will get rusty within 2 weeks if you don't do this. At least have a bag, the rocks aren't 100% necessary.
* not over watering has been good I found out with my other succulents that I watered them too much every 2-3 weeks in plenty. 

I do love the shabby chic look to it. When ever I get tried of the tin I don't need to re-pot my plant just pop it into another container that it fits in.

I haven't had much luck thrifting vintage planters, my other plant (lavender) is housed in dirt but the shape of the planter allowed for a good inch or two of rocks at the bottom to allow for drainage.

Anybody else have tips for planting plants in vintage items?


  1. Thank you very much for sharing what you've learned on this front with us. Alas, I never seem to live in houses (save for our last apartment) with enough light to grow much in and am not a gardener (yet?), so I haven't got any tips to pass along in turn, I'm afraid. If that ever changes, I'll be sure to let you know though. At the moment, my only plants are three lovely little rose bushes that I planted in our wee speck of a front yard when we moved in here back in 2012. They're still going strong through, but Mother Nature takes care of most of the work there. :)

    Big hugs & many thanks for your wonderfully nice comment on this week's vintage outfit post,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. That is a really neat idea! I never really thought about planting in vintage tins before but I love it! I think most planters are pretty boring but vintage ones are always full of color and pizzazz! Thanks for the lovely idea!


  3. i love how you always get to incorporate your love for vintage in everything! never really thought of planting them in tins.. my succulents have been in clay pots and i just paint the pots, ahaha! :D

    Have a great week!
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