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Birch Log Planter with Succulents

Succulents are all the rage, and I love the look of birch. I knew it would be fun to do this birch log planter filled with succulents as a wintertime project.

With the birch log held firmly in place, a four-inch diameter birch pole was cut a little more than four feet long using a circular saw.

The depth of the planting channel was to be two inches, so the circular saw was set accordingly.

A two-inch wide planting channel was marked on the top.

After the outline of the channel was cut, lines were sawed along the channel. Only people who are highly skilled with power tools should try this. A circular saw may not be the best tool for this job – a router might be better, but I am lucky to have a handy, highly-skilled husband.

The power tools were put away once all the lines were cut.

Using a chisel and a hammer, the planting channel was hollowed out.

The birch log planter was ready for planting, or so I thought.

When the planter was brought indoors, the bark started pulling away along the cut edges. I applied white glue under the raised bark and held it tightly with scrap boards and cable ties until it dried completely. Now it was ready for planting.

No drainage holes were drilled. I want to display it on the mantle and can’t risk the chance of moisture draining through to the wood. My handy, highly-skilled husband would kill me.

A thin layer of soilless potting mix was added in the planting channel.

Succulents were planted. I used plugs with small roots. If the birch log was larger, succulents in small pots could be used.

All the succulents were planted. The project was almost done.

Sheet moss was applied with white glue to soften the edges of the planting channel and to fill in empty spaces while plants grow.

My birch log planter filled with succulents came out pretty nice, don’t you think? The plants are small now, but give them a couple weeks and it should look amazing! What fun projects are you doing to garden in winter? Share them and garden with me!







2 thoughts on “Birch Log Planter with Succulents

  1. Have you had any problems with preservation? Does adding water cause the wood to wet and dry and wet and dry causing cracks? Did you add any sort of sealant? I’m trying to do a similar project, but I want it to last and preserve the wood as long as possible.

    1. Hi Daniel,
      The birch log itself has held up very well. I remove it from the mantel to water it and make sure it is completely dry before putting it back to protect the mantel. I did not use any kind of sealant. I expect it to last at least a couple more years. Some of the succulents have done very well, some have not. As they have grown, I’ve replaced some of the succulents with ones that are thriving. If I did this project again, I would make the planting channel bigger so there was room for more soil. Good luck with your project!

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