A Recipe For Success: Creating A Garden Jellyfish

After this years series of stressful news and events, I really wanted to bring you guys a fun and whimsical planter idea for your garden or home. A Garden Jellyfish! I am not entirely sure how I came up with the idea; however, the finished product turned out way better than I anticipated so I decided to share with you how to create your own. It truly takes the idea of a hanging basket and turns it on its head!


This is a longer tutorial, so I am going to jump right in.


Upside down hanging basket Jellyfish with succulent accents and Dichondria tentacles!

Shopping List:


  • 14" Metal Hanging Basket with matching Coco liner

  • ProMix Potting Soil (I used about 20 litres)

  • Paddle wire or floral wire (same thing, some just refer to it as one or the other)

  • 3 Dichondria 'Silver Falls' or Lysimachia 'Creeping Jenny' - choose ones with lots of length

  • 5-8 4" pots of Hens & Chicks OR 18 2" Echeveria succulents


Succulents with pups

Pause! Here is where this needs some explanation in the shopping list. When I created this planter, I used pots of Echeveria with multiple pups aka baby plants with a mother plant in one pot. I then separated them from one another and sorted them by size and viable roots. Meaning, when I pulled the plant apart, was there a 1" -2" long stem for roots to grow from. If it didn't I set them aside for a different project. This would be the method which you would do with the Hens & Chicks. However if you did not want to have this added step, the 2" succulents will fill this purpose 100% and with half as much effort. The cost is just different in the end.




2" pots of succulents
  • 1 Bag of Moss or 1 Block of Sphagnum Moss

  • 1 4" Trailing plant - we used white Torentia

  • 6 Zip ties *

  • Gloves

  • Scissors or serrated knife

  • 1 bowl that is large enough for your basket to sit in.


Instructions:


So, this project was all about preparation. Make sure you have a stable surface to work on and that you have all your supplies on hand because once you get rolling, its a bit difficult to stop. The last shopping list item is a bowl and is something I didn't use, but should have. Working with a round basket on a flat surface led to a lot of rolling and tipping over. So I recommend that you get a large bowl in which your planter can sit in to stabilize it. You are also going to need somewhere to hang it while you work on the planting of the succulents. I used a large S hook and hung it from a hook in the ceiling. You can use your existing hanging basket bracket with a long S hook or even rope to have it within reaching distance.


Step 1:

This is important to get setup when your planter is empty, because it would be exceptionally difficult to manage when your planter is full. You need to flip your planters hanging chains to hang the opposite way they are normally. 2 of mine just easily flipped upside down while the other had to be un-clipped and then clipped the right way again. This is because your basket is actually going to hang upside down. You also want to shift them so they don't interfere with the metal cage of the planter. Once they are all hanging properly, gently place them in the bowl and then put your planter on top of it to keep the chains from becoming tangled.



Step 2:

* Now, my Coco liner was already zip tied to the basket. However, if yours is not, or is only attached in a couple places, you will want to secure it evenly all around to ensure it doesn't fall out.


Step 3:

Fill basket with ProMix potting soil entirely and then plus some. Compact it down and then fill a little more. This is because when you go to flip the basket over, gravity is going to pull the soil down and you don't want some of the plants at the top of the planter to not have soil.


Step 4:

Take your Dichondria or Lysmachia and plant them in a triangle formation in the planter. Also, this is a good time to untangle some of their vines so they will hang evenly when upside down.


Step 5:

I used sheet moss (green moss that we sell in large ba