I love this little set of jadeite, and have displayed on a cabinet in our kitchen eating area since we moved in over 3 years ago. But I never notice it until I’m dusting. It’s beautiful soft color doesn’t stand out in that room. Since there are lots of windows and light, it finally hit me to at least use them as planters. I never have enough planters. Since they are small pieces, they’re not able to hold typical plant roots. Succulents have short roots, so I used them. I didn’t realize how much the vintage glassware would become so striking.
I don’t want to destroy the value of these pieces by drilling any drainage holes, so I put a little horticultural charcoal in the bottom before adding succulent soil. I’m very careful to only give them a little water. It must be working because the succulents are growing and thriving. The white colored rocks also make the plants pop.
These jadeite pieces aren’t heirlooms, but my son bought them for me a few years ago. That’s what makes them special to me. I know he spent a pretty penny on them. They’re in perfect shape with no nicks or cracks in them. I just love the shade of soft green that jadeite pieces have.
This is an Echeveria with new growth in the center. This succulent has pretty pink tips. It sits in the creamer and seems very happy there.
Haworthia Retusa’s are looking great with new growth, also. I’ll be transplanting one of them in the next few months, because they’ll probably start crowding each other. They take the stage in the sugar bowl.
The jadeite vase holds Donkey’s Tail Sedum. It, too, has beautiful new growth.
It could just be me, but I think adding plants to the vintage glassware, brought ‘life’ back into them. Now I notice them regularly and not just on dusting day.
This is a win-win for me. It became another place to display my plants, and the jadeite is now noticeable. Since this turned out so well, I just might get out some other vintage glassware and start planting.