Essential Succulent Garden Tools For Any Lovely Succulent Corner

Best Gardening Tools for Succulents

Hopefully, you have caught on to the succulent bug here at Succulent City and have decided to test out your green thumb with these magnificent plants. It could be their bright colors and awesome shapes that sucked you into the succulent world, or perhaps their little-to-no maintenance lifestyle that matches your personality. These make excellent plants for people who want to be gardeners yet have difficulty keeping their plants alive.

Whatever the case, there are a few ‘cutting edge’ gardening tools and pieces of equipment that you might want to stock up on to help you grow your new babies and keep your succulents happy.

Let’s see what tools we can use to make our lives easier for succulent plant care!

Best Gardening Tools for Succulents
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Cutting Equipment

#1. Pruning Shears

Pruning shears are essential for propagating succulents.

When you try to tear or break away offsets, there is a high possibility that you might damage sensitive succulent tissue, and your new plant may never get a chance to grow. Pruning shears can also be used to trim off rotting pods of cactus and dry succulent leaves with an easy snip!

Grab your pruning shears for easy trimming. They work well on very robust and complex succulents too, they’re sharp and durable so be careful with these! What’s that saying, “handle with care”?

If it has been a while or you are new, brush up on your pruning technique with our article on “How To Prune Succulents”.

#2. Long Handed Scissors (Easy Substitution To Find At Home)

To get to those tightly packed areas of rosette succulents, long-handled scissors will allow you to delve deeper and clip off small cuttings without disturbing the mother plant or other plants around it. Sometimes it’s essential to get in there without disturbing the surrounding plant in order to keep the most optimum growth for the whole plant.

For our succulent scissors, we have had the most ease with this pair. They’re long enough to get into the little cracks in your succulent maze but also very durable and sharp so that you can be sure you finish the job in one snip!

Protective Gears

#1. Thorn Proof Leather Gardening Gloves

As pretty and harmless as succulents look, some can be devious, with sharp thorns and prickly hairs itching to grab you in a warm embrace. However, you don’t have to dress like a beekeeper to water your succulents. Thornproof leather gardening gloves will protect your arms all the way up to your elbows from scratches and cuts of sharp thorns and leaf edges. 

We use them all the time! If you want an even more in-depth look at all things gloves check out this article from our friends over at Humid Garden!

Here’s a pair of wrist-length gloves, that come in various sizes. And a pair of elbow-length gloves, that also come in a variety of sizes. Both are great for succulents and cacti gardening. However, we prefer the elbow-length ones because we really hate getting pricked!

#2. Protective Gardening Goggles

Yes, they may be big, bulky, and nerdy-looking, but trust us, these goggles are a gardening tool that is totally worth the slight nerdy-ness. Foreign bodies such as soil, insects, and spider webs can quickly get into your eyes and cause a nasty irritation. Pollen from plants can get on your nerves, leading to nerve damage. Some poisonous euphorbias shoot venomous sprays into the air, and when these sprays get into contact with the eye, it can lead to catastrophic results.

Grabber Tools

#1. Tweezers

From the typical eyebrow tweezers you or your best friend uses to massive 18” curved tweezers, you will need a variety of sizes to help hold petite succulents and remove snails or other pests that might try to make a home in your succulent. You never know when you might have to remove some mealybugs.

Tweezers are also suitable for loosening root balls when potting and tucking in small succulents’ roots when planting. The best part is that they’re instrumental and safe for moving sharp leaves when pruning. We don’t want to get pricked, do we?

Here’s a perfect variety pack of tweezers that will surely be useful on your succulent journey.

#2. Kitchen Tongs / Chopsticks (Easy Substitution To Find At Home)

There is no need to go wild searching for gardening tongs for your succulents. Kitchen tongs work just as well to hold cacti and other plants with sharp thorns and edges when planting. We don’t want to be getting pricked by our precious succulent and cacti babies do we now?

Tongs can also be used to remove dead leaves from inside dense rosette arrangements that might be blown in by the wind. Consider the size of your succulent and get the size that works for you the best!

To help you out, here’s a set of more extensive tongs we found, and a set of smaller tongs. Depending on what you are working with, having both of these sizes is ideal as you will be able to work with succulents or cacti of different sizes.

Other Essential Gardening Utensils

#1. Long Spouted Watering Jug

Succulents are not big fans of having water on their leaves. Watering small succulents with a jug with no spout is a sure way of drowning your succulents. Long spouted jugs will direct the water right to the soil where your succulent needs it, leaving the leaves dry and free from rot!

Here’s a great watering jug that comes with an interchangeable shower head, talk about customizability!

#2. Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is valuable and practical for scooping up potting mix and soil. When looking for a 2-in-1 tool, get a trowel with a serrated edge to help cut through webbed roots. 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.

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

#3. Mini Spade, Rake, and Scoop

A 3 piece set of a scoop, rake, and spade is ideal for breaking up hardened dirt clods, digging, aerating, weeding, and transplanting. If possible, get one that is ergonomically designed to reduce arm and hand fatigue. These sets are more cost-efficient than buying the tools individually. The handheld tools are practical when digging, removing weeds or debris, and mixing fertilizer.

Optional Tools

#1. Shovel (For Large Succulents)

When preparing the soil or cactus mix for a big succulent, a shovel will be convenient to scoop up soil and fill up your potting area. I only use the shovel when I have to plant large succulents. Most succulents have a smaller size, so a hand trowel or a mini spade is enough for you to mix the soil.

#2. Brushes

It may sound weird initially, 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. They will come in handy when reaching into depths and tight crevices to clear off leaves and dirt that gets trapped in large and small succulent leaves, without causing the succulent any damage!

Besides 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 your succulent leaves.

You could also invest in a 2” paintbrush to sweep off excess soil and loose dirt after potting or planting a succulent at home.

#3. Kitchen Funnels

A funnel tool is a valuable gardening tool for slipping soil into tight, hard-to-reach spots when re-potting tightly packed arrangements.

Here’s a 3-piece set of small funnels for your tiny succulent babies. And for your larger succulents, here’s an enormous funnel.

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#4. Storage Boxes with Lids

When creating your potting mix, it is helpful to have plastic bins of different sizes to allow you space to maneuver around the soil and mix it without spilling and wastage. Having bins with lids will also keep the potting mix fresh and free from bugs or rainwater

We found this 4-pack from Ziploc that comes in two sizes!

Our Pick
Ziplock Combo WeatherShield Storage Box
$116.46

WeatherShield seal helps protect contents from moisture, dust, and other environmental factors; made in the USA. Durable, snap-tight latches keep contents safe, suitable for any number of applications. BPA free, acid-free, PVC free, lignin-free.


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#5. Moisture Meter

We have spoken about watering succulents only when the soil is arid, and it is possible to check the soil with your fingers to see whether or not your plant needs water. But sometimes, depending on your succulent, your finger may not be able to reach down to the bottom of the pot where moisture tends to hide. A soil moisture monitor is a trusty gardening tool that will solve all your guessing games, telling you exactly when to water your succulent. You can even get some with alarms for those of us who tend to get a little forgetful.

Give this soil moisture meter a try.

Final Words

There you have it, a list of essential succulent garden tools. If you are just starting out on your succulent journey, you can find out more about low-maintenance succulents here. For the green thumbs, we say kudos to you. Drop us a line and let us know which succulents make your heart melt.

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Continue your never-ending succulent knowledge with some additional articles from Succulent City! Check out How to Repot a Cactus Plant, How to Make Your Own Succulent Soil at Home, or Why is My Succulent Rotting.

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Happy planting! 

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