Succulent Container Ideas – Tips for Planting Succulents in Containers

Succulents are plants capable of supporting and adapting very well to any environment and do not require great care. Its ornamental contribution can help bring life to our garden. It is possible to get a wide variety of succulents, from tiny sizes to arboreal species. They exist in various shapes and colors in these exotic species, and these plants can be a great addition to our rock or container gardens. Because succulents are silvers that prefer neglect to constant attention, we must follow a few steps and tips for planting succulents in containers.

Planting Succulents in Containers:

When selecting a container for our succulent, we must consider that this type of plant’s roots thrives well in wide containers that do not necessarily need to be profound. The vital characteristic that the pots need when being used to grow a succulent plant is to have good drainage; if the container tends to retain the water, it can kill our succulent. To help with the drainage of some commercial pots, we can make extra holes in the base to avoid any unwanted accumulation of water. The size of the pot to choose must be according to the size of the plant going to be cultivated; we must choose one that is not excessively large but rather that offers our succulent enough space to grow.

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Succulents mix in a Container of Clay

Soil or Substrate:

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Soil mix with Coco peat: IG@greenvision_7

Regarding the soil, there are several options that we can consider; We can buy any unique commercial substrate for succulents or even a mixture of soil for cacti since these plants are grown in similar conditions. Another option is to make our substrate using mineral components mixed with regular garden soil. For this, we can use sand, pumice, or fine gravel mixed with generic garden peat, although one of the most recommended main components that we can use is perlite, this allows the drainage of water and a passage of air much better than other minerals, only

We must make an equal proportion mixture between perlite and ordinary garden soil, and that’s it, we will have our home substrate. A final option is to use regular garden soil entirely, although this is not a highly recommended method as succulents require soil that drains well and does not stay moist for long periods.

Plant Growth:

Finally, when selecting the plant to grow, we must inform ourselves and verify what requirements it has in terms of substrate, solar exposure, watering frequency, temperature, and others to survive. It is essential to growing several species within the same container to group plants with similar needs and make them all grow healthy.

After selecting our plants, container, and substrate, there are a few extra steps and tips we can take to ensure a long and thriving life for our little plants:

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Drain Hole Cover with Gravel

1) Cover the drain holes

When filling our container with the substrate, we can use a piece of plastic mesh at the bottom to prevent the soil from coming out from under the holes; this is especially practical if we use a mixture of fine sand or if we previously made more holes drain under the pot. It is better to use plastic or waterproof materials for this task since if you use ordinary cloth, it is possible to absorb too much moisture and retain it.

2) Imitate the conditions of the natural environment of our plant

To grow a succulent plant healthily, one of the best things we can do is mimic the conditions they would naturally experience. For example, the spring and summer seasons are usually warmer, and the growing seasons of many species, so we must keep the soil moist. The plant fertilized during these times so that its growth process is as natural as possible. It is the same case during winters; this time, when the plants are generally inactive, we can water them less frequently and maintain a suitable temperature. All the details of its natural environment help us grow and develop faster and more pleasing way.

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Succulents near Window Sunshine control: IG@jo_motherofplants_uk

3) Be careful with the sun exposure of our succulents

Although many succulents naturally thrive in naturally warm and bright environments, that does not mean that they can endure direct sunlight perpetually. Many species only need partial or direct exposure for a few hours a day since their leaves are very likely to burn if exposed to direct midday sun during the summer. One should note that if you want to grow a cactus or succulent, it is imperative to provide them with a space that has good light; although some types of succulents can adapt to places with little light or shade, mostly they need good exposure to the sun’s rays.

4) Provide good drainage

Another significant factor when growing succulents in containers are drainage. Something vital for these plants is to avoid accumulating water and puddles in their substrates; we must maintain dry and loose soil to prevent any rotting of our plant’s roof.

5) Investigate the ideal terrain of the plant of our choice

The perfect soil for succulents is a combination of organic and mineral materials, such as planting soil, sand, and gravel. Although most species of succulents can live in a type of terrain with relatively similar characteristics. But there may be individual differences in soil requirements depending on the species. Hence the best we can do is investigate what kind of soil is most suitable for our silver. Accordingly, make a substrate that meets the requirements.

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Flat Pot Bonsai: IG@sow_green

6) Use flat pots

The roots of succulents are relatively shallow, so it does not need much depth in the pots that we use. Using bottomless containers only creates a greater possibility for it to accumulate water. Therefore, it is advisable to use flatter pots that do not get water.

7) Be careful with the amount and frequency of irrigation

The risks for succulents are life and death matters since they are plants that accumulate water and resist droughts in a formidable way, but this does not mean that we should leave them dry for long periods. Likewise, we must avoid exceeding the amount of water that we administer during the irrigations, which is enough so that they can survive but that there is no drowning or danger of rotting. The land should only measure the irrigation frequency; when it is scorched, it will be time to water again, not before.

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Organic Fertilizer: IG@thesuperiorgardener

8) Use organic fertilizers

It is not necessary to fertilize often or powerfully a succulent. On the contrary, these plants take better advantage of the nutrients that exist in the land. If we use commercial fertilizers, it is best to look for an organic one. Dilute it in twice as much water as the instructions indicate to avoid an overdose in our plant.

9) Leave space between plants

One of the most common mistakes when growing succulents together is not leaving enough space between them. Although many of the species that we usually plant in our gardens are slow-growing, they can reach quite voluminous sizes. Hence, it is advisable to inform us about plant’s final size and avoid consuming the plants of smaller size nearby.


Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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