If you’ve ordered a bunch of sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpines like I did, you need lots of things to do with all those little babies semps make. This was a totally fun and super easy little garden to make. I used a mint tin that I purchased at Trader Joe’s but if you’ve got an Altoid tin around, that would work just as well.
What You’ll Need:
- 6-10 small sempervivum “chicks”
- Metal breath mint tin
- Awl or nail
- Glue gun (optional)
- Approximately 1/2 cup of cactus potting mix
Like all projects that involve converting some sort of “trash” into a container garden treasure, you need to poke some holes in the bottom. I used an awl and hammer, but if you don’t have a hammer, a nail will do the trick. If you have a small piece of scrap wood handy, put it inside the tin and hammer the holes from the outside. The wood will help support the tin and prevent it from crunching inwards when you make the holes. If you don’t have any scrap wood, it will probably be fine, just try and hit the awl firmly and hard so that you don’t have to keep on hitting it over and over again.
I wanted the lid to my tin to stay open at a specific angle, so I squirted a little bit of glue from my hot glue gun into the hinges to hold them in place. You can skip this step if you’re not anal.
Next, fill the bottom of the tin completely with the cactus potting mix. Then take your sempervivum cuttings and arrange them however you’d like inside the tin. In a few weeks, your semps will have grown roots and hold themselves firmly in place.