Plant up a birdcage

Plant up a birdcage

A Parisian-style ornamental birdcage or similar enclosure filled with plants makes a lovely decoration to add to your Christmas setting. Here’s how to plant one with an arrangement of succulents.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Birdcage
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Coir matting
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Bucket
  • Cactus and succulent potting mix
  • Assortment of potted succulents
  • Thin metal rod
  1. CUT OUT a piece of cardboard to form a base inside the birdcage. Also cut a piece of coir matting, making it bigger than the base so it comes 5–7cm up the sides of the birdcage, to hold the potting mix. Cut slits in the edges of the coir so it sits firmly inside the cage. Place the cardboard base in the cage and top it with the coir liner.
  2. WET a few handfuls of sphagnum moss in a bucket of water. Squeeze it out so it’s moist but not dripping wet. Place a 1–2cm layer of moistened moss over the coir.
  3. TOP the sphagnum moss with a layer of potting mix, about 3–4cm deep.
  4. ARRANGE the succulents in the cage, trimming the roots where necessary. Use a thin metal rod to help position the plants.
  5. ADD dangly succulents, such as string of dolphins, jelly bean and donkey’s tail, and fill any gaps with more potting mix.

You’ll find more fun projects for Christmas, including planting up a colourful welcome pot, making a succulent tree, and creating planty gifts for your guests, in the December 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.