Remember those little troll dolls that were so famous in the 60’s? I had one that I carried everywhere and I remember on vacation one year I left it at the motel. My dad drove back to get it for me! I guess he didn’t want to hear crying all the way to Florida.
I recently went into a little antique/junk store that was going out of business. She had a few of these little troll dolls so I purchased some for $1.00 each. When you love unusual containers, you see a planter in everything. I immediately thought how cute these would be with succulent “hair”. After taking them home I removed the hair, which leaves a depression to fill with the plant.
I took a couple of my little succulents from another container, and placed the succulent in it being gentle with the roots. Since the doll did not have any drainage, I used cactus soil, which is light and will drain easily. I filled in around the succulent, tamped it down, and watered.
These little succulents have already starting putting out shoots to add some long strands of hair. My granddaughter said they look like dreadlocks!
Water only when dry to prevent over watering. Mine are placed on the deck getting sun in the morning, but shaded in the afternoon. These succulents will eventually outgrow these dolls. That’s okay, they can be replanted in bigger pots, and you can plant another small one. Another idea would be to use an air plant, eliminating the need for soil and watering.
Have fun creating unusual containers for your plants. Just about anything can be planted, and these little trolls add a little quirkiness to your collection.
You can get your own little troll doll on Amazon. However, if I was going to plant one with succulents, I would definately try to find a used one.
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