Chiminea Planter: Recycled Into A Pot Plant And Piece Of Garden Decor

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What can you do with an unused chiminea?

Recycle it into a planter!

While I love our clay chiminea, it doesn’t get used anymore. We have so many other fire pits and this is my least favorite. I love how it looks but when it comes to using it, I prefer the big open fire pit that everyone can sit around. And for cooking, I prefer the Biolite.

So instead of just leaving the chiminea sitting looking pretty in the garden, I’ve turned it into a pot plant. I can always reverse it quickly and easily if I do get the urge to light a fire in the chiminea, but until then, it’s the perfect spot for succulents.

Here’s what I did.

Chiminea Pot Plant

unused chiminea in garden

This is the chiminea sitting in the garden beforehand.

It’s previously been used as a bird feeder when not in use.

chiminea bird feeder
Waxeyes feeding

The birds do love the chiminea as a feeder – it keeps them away from our dog.

tuis chiminea feeder
Tuis feeding at chiminea

But I have plenty of other spots to feed them from in the winter when there’s not so much nectar around for them.

succulents for chiminea

These are the succulents that I’ve grown from a cutting and which I’ll put into the chiminea.

I think the chimney will be the perfect planter for cacti and succulents because they like warm, dry, sheltered spots. Plus the clay retains and radiates heat even after the sun has gone down.

Also, I don’t want to be putting a lot of water into the chiminea, so these guys are perfect.

before putting soil in the chiminea

Our chiminea had fire bricks and sand in the bottom of it already and I just left these in.

I also brought the chiminea up from the garden and onto the deck where it will be more sheltered and get more sun.

plastic in the base of chiminea

I laid some plastic cut from a soil mix bag in the bottom.

This will make removing the plants easier in the future if I decide to use the chiminea again.

finished with stones

Then it was just a case of putting a bit of soil and gravel into the chiminea and transplanting the succulents.

I added some larger pebbles on top.

close up of cactus in chiminea

A close-up of one of the 7 or so cuttings I put in.

This variety grows very fast so it won’t take long to sprawl out everywhere across the stones.

happy chiminea garden pot plant

It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but I’m excited to see how it grows over the next 6 months.

I’ll put a cover on top as well to keep the rain out – plus, when it gets very cold in the winter I’ll probably move the entire thing into the conservatory you can see behind it.

Chiminea Pot Plant

grow cactus unusual place

A lot of people have chimineas just sitting in the garden unused, and this is a fun way to get a little more out of them.

Most of them are already very decorative and look lovely without anything in them – especially the Blue Rooster Chimineas – but recycling it into a pot plant is a fun way to make it even nicer (in my opinion).

Plus, it saves on buying a few new pots!

Do you have any other alternative use ideas for a chiminea? Let me know in the comment section below!


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