5 Succulents In Coffee Mug Ideas – Reuse Your Mugs Wisely

Succulents you can grow in a coffee mug

Did you know that you can grow succulents in coffee mugs? (How cute!)

Coffee mugs are one of our favorite DIY planters! They’re super easy to make —all you need is a coffee mug and a drill to make a small drainage hole in the bottom of the mug.

Coffee mugs aren’t as big as other planters, but they’re great for small succulents. We’ve compiled this list of mini succulents to help you pick a plant that won’t outgrow its adorable coffee mug container anytime soon!

Let’s dive into the mini succulents below!

1. Haworthia Fasciata – The Zebra Plant

Zebra plants usually stay between three and five inches tall, so they’re the perfect succulent for small, delicate teacups! We love how distinctive their leaves are—they’re pointy, green, and covered with white dots or bands.

We’d put our Zebra Plant in an equally spotty teacup, like this black and white polka-dotted one. Wouldn’t that look adorable?!

We think having a set up like this on your window sill but with 3 coffee mugs will look super cute! Just be careful the pets or small children don’t knock it over, we don’t need that to happen.

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Being super cute isn’t the only thing this succulent has going for it! It’s easy to care for and can tolerate some shade, so it makes a great houseplant. To keep it healthy and happy, put it in a spot where it gets bright, indirect sunlight for a few hours a day and water it about once a week.

You can buy a Zebra plant from Etsy here.

2. Crassula Ovata— the ‘Hobbit’ Jade Plant

With a nickname like ‘Hobbit’, not to be confused with this hobbit, it’s no surprise that this succulent is small!

This Jade Plant grows slowly and stays pretty small, especially if you keep it indoors. It has woody branches that can be pruned just like a bonsai to keep its growth in check.

This plant may be tiny, but it’s supposed to bring big riches to its owners. People in China keep this plant in the entrances of their shops and restaurants in the hopes that it will attract customers and good fortune to their businesses.

We’d keep this plant around just because it’s pretty, but it’s a definite bonus that it may grant us luck and prosperity!

This Jade can tolerate low light conditions, but we like to keep ours in a sunny part of our home. Its leaves develop a beautiful red tinge when exposed to direct sunlight that you won’t want to miss.

If you’re having trouble finding a good source of light inside your home you might have to get a grow light. We recommend using grow lights that have flexible arms like this so you can have control over the lighting.

As for water, this plant doesn’t need much. Water it every one to two weeks and plant it in a soil with good drainage so that it doesn’t develop root rot.

You can buy this fantastic succulent here!

3. Echeveria— ‘Princess Blue’

We love Echeverias because they have stunning rosettes! Echeverias don’t grow larger than about twelve inches, so they’ll fit in most coffee mugs. We think a white mug kind of like those latte mugs will suit match wonderfully with this echeveria above.

We chose this Echeveria cultivar because it has absolutely beautiful blue-green leaves. The leaves stay a pretty pale blue color if they don’t get a lot of sunlight, but turn a deeper blue with more sun exposure.

We’d also plant our ‘Princess Blue’ in a blue floral mug and set it on a bright, sunny windowsill. The blue tones in the mug and all of the sunshine would really bring out this succulent’s gorgeous coloring!

Get this succulent now from Etsy!

4. Astrophytum Asterias— ‘Star Cactus’

The Star Cactus has a cute round body that would look great peeking out of a coffee mug! It only grows to be about two to six inches in diameter, so it will fit in coffee mugs from large to small.

We think it would look especially great with our cactus themed coffee mug, though. Can you imagine anything cuter than a cactus in a cactus mug?!

This cactus has tiny white dots all over it that contrast beautifully with its dark green body. It produces big yellow flowers in the spring that will really brighten up your home, so consider making it your next succulent purchase!

Looking for an adventure? You will love these Astrophytum Asterias seeds! 

Sempervivum— ‘Red Nails’

This Sempervivum has small green and burgundy rosettes that we love! This plant is small and stays between two and eight inches in diameter, so you can put it in any mug your heart desires.

You can buy it from Etsy here!

One of the things we love about this succulent is that it has light webbing. That’s something you don’t see on a lot of succulents, and we think it looks really cool!

Another unique thing about this plant is that it produces a lot of offsets, which are baby succulent plants. The offsets grow from a stem connected to the main plant called a stolon. If you buy this plant, you’ll probably get lots of offsets that you can separate and plant in another coffee mug!

To keep your Sempervivum looking healthy, bright, and colorful, give it plenty of direct sunlight. Don’t water it too often—once every week or two should be enough. Make sure to keep the soil dry in between waterings to prevent root rot. If you have trouble remembering when you should water your succulents maybe have this succulent calendar help you out.


We hope that this post has given you some DIY inspiration and helped you plan out your next succulent purchase!

Which plant do you want to buy the most? We want to get our hands on a Star Cactus and Zebra Plant. Let us know your favorites in the comments below! Or you can let us know in our exclusive group, the Succulent Plant Lounge.

Loved learning about succulents and now inspired to add more to your collection?! (We don’t blame you) Check out Succulent City’s new line of ebooks covering topics from, “All the Types of Succulents for Indoor and Outdoor,” “Different Types of Planters,” and many more helpful in-depth ebooks. Head to this link to view our full line of ebooks and get started with our complementary guide. 

Thanks for reading our article on some of the mini succulents that are out there, happy planting!


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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4 thoughts on “5 Succulents In Coffee Mug Ideas – Reuse Your Mugs Wisely

  1. It’s strangely satisfying to look at succulents thriving in a mug. It’s like they are made for each other.

    Your suggestion of using the mug as a planter is also an excellent way to up-cycle or reuse an old mug. Personally I have only reused my mug-with-a-broken-handle as stationery holder. But I’d love to try your approach next! Hopefully I don’t break the mug when drilling holes for drainage.

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