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How to Plant Succulents in Containers

By Sara . Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Plant Succulents in Containers

The distinctive shapes and different arrays of colors of succulents make them a favorite among gardeners and also the onlookers. Growing succulents is quite easy and it does not need much maintenance. Also, it can be grown in small pots and hence they are the first choice for container garden. To know how to plant succulents in a container keep reading this OneHowTo article.

Steps to follow:


The first step to plant succulents in containers is to select a wide pot or any other container such as a vintage item you don't use any more, your imagination is the only limit. Then fill three quarters of the container with potting mix and cover the top of it with gravel. Make sure that the potting mixture and gravel is filled up to the rim of the container. If it is below the rim of the container then water can pool up in the space causing succulent leaves to rot.


Now blend the potting mix and gravel thoroughly. Make sure that the soil mixture is loose so that it can drain freely. Also, the container should have a proper drainage system.


Now choose the types of succulent you want to plant. The wide variety, colors and leaf pattern of succulents gives a large scope to experiment while planting them. You can use one single container for just one kind of succulent or you can create a terrarium by planting various succulents in a single container.

If you want to grow a single type of succulent then keep half an inch to one inch space between the plants. This will help in better air flow causing the soil to dry quickly. This will help the succulent to grow quicker and to reproduce their miniature versions called ‘chicks’.

But if you want a miniature garden kind of design by planting different succulents in a single container then you can plant the succulents very close. This lack of space will lead the succulents to grow slowly and hence the design of the arrangement will stay the same for a long time.

How to Plant Succulents in Containers - Step 3

After planting the succulent plants cover the top layer of soil with aquarium gravel or small river rocks. This will prevent the leaves of succulent from coming in direct contact with the moisture in soil.

How to Plant Succulents in Containers - Step 4

Finally place the container in which your succulents have been planted in an area where it can get abundant sunlight. You can keep the container in the garden under bright sunlight or you can keep it indoor on a south facing window where it can receive direct or indirect sunlight. During rainy weather, especially during heavy rains, bring the succulent containers indoors to prevent the plant from rotting.

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