Side view of the terrarium showing the lava rock layer
Back view of the fish tank - it's still gorgeous!
It's been said that you can't grow succulent plants successfully in a container without a drainage hole - I beg to differ! Here's a way you can plant your mother-in-laws antique compote, and it will be eyecatching. I bet your mother-in-law won't be able to say anything, she'll be so envious!
Here's what I did;
First clean your fish tank (or compote) and fill it almost to the top with lava rock rinsed to remove the dust and dampen it.
Place a selection of succulents (Here I've used some tender Echeveria 'Perle Von Nurnberg' and set-oliver, a couple of Senecio mandraliscae, two different Sempervivum, a tall border Sedum and Sedum album 'Twinkle', Sedum cauticola and Sedum 'Voodoo' to trail over the sides.)
I top dressed with more lava rock as I took most of the soil off each plant.
I'll take this apart as the weather cools because some of the plants will survive better outside, and the glass fish tank could fill with water and shatter if it gets frozen.
So, for a fabulous temporary fall container go ahead and plant up that compote!