7 Mini Garden Hand Tools For Your Succulents

We are sure that by now, you have fallen in love with succulents as we have. From their contorting shapes to their bright colors and effortless maintenance, succulents have garnered high reviews in the gardening world and are creating green thumbs wherever they sprout.

Yes, indeed, succulents do not require a barrage of tools and equipment to keep them healthy. However, there are a few mini garden hand tools that can come in handy when it is time to plump and polish up these beauties. We have created a small list of implements that you could start fitting your succulent garden kit box with to make gardening your green creations stand out, so if anyone asks, they will be ‘Outstanding’!

7 Mini garden hand tools for your succulents
Succulents and gardening tools on a platform @decorating.on.a.dollar

1. Down to earth utensils

When preparing the soil or cactus mix for your succulents, a bucket shovel will be convenient to scoop up soil and fill up your potting area. A hand trowel with a serrated edge can help cut up and break up any clumps of webbed roots or help to loosen any hard-packed, clumps of soil.

There are mini-gardening, 3-in-one handsets available. These come with a shovel, rake, and spade that you could invest in, and these sets end up being more cost-efficient than buying the tools individually. The handheld tools are practical when digging, removing weeds or debris, and mixing fertilizer.

For people with arthritis or limited hand strength, you can try and find a shovel or trowel with an ergonomic handle to provide extra leverage and help reduce the stress on the hand and the wrist.

Try some of our favorites out!

Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

2. Grabby tools

Tweezers have moved from just being in a woman’s vanity case to the garden. From the small eyebrow tweezers to the larger curved tip, 18-inch tweezers, they are an essential apparatus to have in your succulent toolbox. Grabby tools help to go where your fingers can’t;

  • When you need to pluck dry or dead leaves from compact rosette heads
  • To tuck in unruly roots deep into the soil when planting small succulents
  • When picking out unwanted foreigners like icky bugs, snails, and slugs without damaging your succulent
  • To hold sharp edges like cacti pads when grafting

If you can’t find a pair of tweezers that you are comfortable with, you could easily substitute tweezers with kitchen tongs or chopsticks. You will need to have something to help you get in between the tiny folds of the succulents and protect your skin and fingers from sharp spines.

Try these long 12” tweezers out!

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Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

3. Cutting edge equipment

When the time comes to propagate your succulent, you will require a good pair of pruning shears to nip it in the bud. To increase your chances of successful propagation, you would need to make a clean cut of a healthy, mature leaf from the stem of the mother plant. If the leaf is just plucked out, it may not callus and will therefore not grow when you plant it in soil.

7 Mini garden hand tools for your succulents
A person holding pruning scissors and shears @succulentstyle_

A sharp, long-handled pair of scissors can help get to the bottom of a tight rosette to make a clean cut while a soil knife can also help to remove dead leaves. Pruning shears are kitchen scissors on steroids that can cut twigs, unwanted branches, and dead edges in one swift move.

Try these brands out as well!

Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

4. An end to soggy succulents

Overwatering is by far the most significant cause of death for most succulent. Depending on the weather conditions of your area of residence, it can be tricky to figure out when to water your succulents and when to hold off. Checking the topsoil with your fingers can be a good indicator of whether or not to give your plant a drink, but this is not the most trustworthy of methods.

It would be advantageous for you to invest in a moisture meter. Not only do they measure the temperature and humidity of the environment, but they also test the soil moisture, giving you an accurate reading of how wet or dry your plant is. Most moisture meters do not require batteries and can be stuck in the soil for an instant, precise reading.

Try this moisture meter we found just for your garden!

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Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

5. Juggling water and soil

Now that a moisture meter can tell you when your succulent needs a drink, you will need the right canister to get water to the plant. A jug with a long spout will help get water in-between difficult to get to areas in your succulent garden. A long-sprouted jug will also help you to water the soil and not have water trapped between the rosette folds of tightly packed succulents.

When dealing with tiny succulents in tight spaces, it is advisable to add a soil funnel to your succulent tool kit. This will help to direct soil into specific gaps after repotting or propagation, cutting back on soil waste.

Indoor Watering Can, 1 Gallon, Red
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Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

6. Look the part

Your succulents are a representation of your green thumb. When they dazzle in their pots, you too should be kitted out to take care of them. Protective clothing like thorn proof leather gloves is protective when going anywhere near prickly succulents. Elbow-length gardening gloves will keep your arms protected from microscopic hair-like needles, as well as the bigger teeth in succulent monsters like agaves.

When clearing dead leaves, twigs, and dirt, a good set of goggles will protect your eyes from dust, pollen, and even sharp thorns that may fly off when cut.

Try also some of our favorite picks in protective gear!

Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon

7. Brush it off

It may sound weird at first, but a good set of paintbrushes may be what your succulents need. After watering indoor succulents or a period of rain for outdoor succulents, specks of dirt and soil may spill over to your succulent leaves. A paintbrush can be useful for cleaning the deep, rigid leaves to keep your succulents looking spick-and-span.

7 Mini garden hand tools for your succulents
Succulents and mini gardening tools on the table @succulentsoflosfeliz

Apart from maintaining your succulent’s aesthetics, brushes can also come in handy when getting rid of pests. Aphids and mealybugs are the most common creepy-crawlies that can affect your succulents. Dipping the tip of a paintbrush in rubbing alcohol, neem oil or insecticidal soaps and brushing the affected area of your plant will instantly kill the bugs and will not damage the leaves of your succulent.

Try this combo out for your maintenance duties!

Last update on 2019-11-20 / Amazon


When investing in mini garden hand tools for your succulents, try and find what is convenient and affordable for you. Your tools do not have to be expensive, but more of finding a balance between lasting quality and reasonable prices. Gardening stores are great for physically handling tools before you buy them, and most equipment will come with warranties. Flea markets and garage sales are other great places to look for second-hand tools.

For everything in your mini garden toolbox, remember that the hand tools should not be uncomfortable to use or cause injuries like blisters or back pain.

Thank you for reading! If you liked this read you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read. 

Happy Planting! 🌵

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