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How to Plant Kale in Ironstone Containers

Today, we’re sharing how to plant ornamental kale in ironstone containers!

I feel like a lot of people have started thinking about holiday gift-giving early this year.

Have you started thinking about it yet?

We always have a lot of people to buy for so I like to start as early as possible. Even having a plan of what gifts you’re going to purchase feels like progress, you know?

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly gift to share this holiday season with friends, neighbors, coworkers, or family members, consider giving a gift that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Planting ornamental kale in ironstone containers is not only a quick and easy hostess gift, it also makes a great Christmas gift for ironstone lovers too!

Here’s a look at how to plant ornamental kale in ironstone containers…

Gather your supplies and start with a clean container of your choice.

I’ve been collecting ironstone for several years now. But you can find lots of fabulous containers at antique malls, charity shops, thrift stores, and even estate sales for a reasonable price.

Layer the bottom of your container with pea gravel/river rocks/pottery bits

and healthy soil.

I bought these ornamental kale plants at a big box store. You can also find them at your local nursery.

Take the plants out of the plastic container and break up the roots just a bit. Then gently place them over a layer of rich, healthy soil.

These ironstone chamber pots are a good size so I’m using three plants. A single plant would look just as nice if you have a smaller container though.

Make sure you water well before adding a thin layer of moss which you can find at any craft store or dollar store to give it a more finished look.

If you’re giving ornamental kale in an ironstone container as a gift, you’ll want to leave the plant tag in the container.

That way the recipient will know how to care for the ornamental kale and when to transplant as well.

Paperwhites, tulips, and amaryllis are all great seasonal and cold weather plants to give this time of year.

In the past, we’ve also used ornamental kale in ironstone containers as part of our dining room tablescape.

Honestly, they couldn’t be easier to pull together for a low key seasonal look!

Of course, ornamental kale is fabulous on the front porch too.

Remember when we created a soft and romantic farmhouse Christmas porch using kale? It’s going to be hard to beat!

Let us know if you’re gifting ornamental kale in ironstone containers this year and what’s stealing your heart this holiday season! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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  1. I didn’t even know ornamental kale came in white CoCo I thought it only came in purple. These are really pretty. Thanks for sharing so I can be on the lookout, Bonnie

    1. I was sort of surprised to see these white ones too, Bonnie! We got these at Walmart several weeks ago and they were a little less than $4 a plant if that helps. I know you’re a bit south of me but it’s worth a try. Hugs, CoCo

  2. This would be another great gift ideas for the littles teachers! Thanks!

  3. I’m catching up on your posts, CoCo. I don’t know where this nature thing is headed but I’m really liking it. Have a great day, Casey

    1. ha ha you’re so funny! Heaven and Nature Sign in my Christmas theme this year 🙂 It’s like a forest in the dining room!

  4. I love the idea of family gift of service and this kale is such a clever alternative to poinsettia as a hostess gift. Never would have thought of it Coco

    1. Thank you, Mary Beth! We pick a different gift giving theme each year and it’s always fun to see what people come up with. With my parents living in multiple cities throughout the week and my sisters littles taking a lot of extra time (as they should) we all just decided we wanted a way to serve each other with our best gifts. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Sending you hugs for a happy day, CoCo

    1. You’re speaking my love language ladies! Hugs, CoCo

    1. I appreciate it, Lisa, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  5. I too have not ever seen white kale but it’s so lovely! And what a great idea to gift one in a pretty pot! (Love your Ironstone btw). Plants are such a thoughtful gift and I don’t know why I never think of it until AFTER the holidays! Thanks for the reminder! P.S. That porch! Oh my goodness! LOVE!

    1. You’re so sweet, Christine, thank you. It’s always fun to try and come up with a variety of ways to give people gifts they can use all year. Our family theme is “as seen on tv or social media ad” and my theme with S is “things that will make your life better or easier,” which has made us all extra thoughtful and creative this year. I found the kale at Lowes last year and I’m hoping they have it again this year too. It’s super unique and different. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Hey there! Just popping in to let you know this is one of my features this week on the Farmhouse Friday Link Party. Thanks so much for always linking up. We so appreciate you and all of your beautiful posts! Merry Christmas

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