Can I turn this cow hoof yerba mate mug into a succulent/cactus planter? Pics inside!
Some years ago I was given this
cow hoof yerba mate mug by an Argentinian friend. I don't really like yerba mate, so I scraped out all out the dried, compacted mate inside and used it as a pencil holder in my workroom. However, I'd like it to be more visible in my house, so I thought I could perhaps plant a cactus or a succulent in it and set in out in the living room.
I think it is made from the traditional calabash gourd set inside (somehow??) the tanned cowhide. Here
is a closer photo of the outside, and here
is the inside of the mug. The opening at its narrowest is 1.5 inches in diameter, far too small for even the smallest flowerpot. It is about 4 inches deep.
My question is: can I plant a cactus or succulent in my hoof without rotting it inside? There's no drainage, of course, but a cactus hardly needs water. Help me, metafilter, with my ridiculous taxidermied cow hoof beverage container cactus garden problem!