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Spiky play time: customer DIY ideas for summer

August’s houseplant of the month is one not easily pigeonholed. Both stylish and rugged, the cactus goes perfectly with this year’s geometric patterned pot trend. Maybe ‘Lego’ and ‘florist’ aren’t two words that usually go together, but the Flower Council has come up with a quirky idea that you could use to show off cacti in an unusual way, or as schools break up this week it could be a fun family summer project or workshop for your customers.

Okay, maybe you never thought you’d be getting your staff to play with Lego in store, but if you’ve got kids leaving old blocks lying around (or you can buy basic Lego very cheaply online) then it could turn into a fun talking point for summer, it's a bit of a giggle and it doesn’t take any time!



A cactus (the photo shows an Opuntia)
Various colours of Lego bricks
Sturdy plastic bag
Wood panel for the base




Measure the cactus's pot (the pot size is often shown underneath) and take that as the starting point for the pot that you're going to build. It can be a tight fit: the cactus grows slowly. Saw a square the size of your design, and build the decorative pot on this in different coloured layers.




Hang the plastic bag over the last but one row of bricks, and secure it with the last row. If you like things to be firmly secured, glue the bottom to the wooden square.




Remove the plant from the plastic pot, place it in the decorative pot and top up with cactus soil. If you don't have any cactus soil to hand, mix 2 parts sand with 1 part potting soil: cacti don't like soil that retains too much moisture. Give the cactus and its cheerful pot a bit of space to bring out the effect of the combination.