Choosing the Right Pot for Succulents (Guide)

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents

Choosing the right pot for your succulents is not an easy task! With so many adorable planters in all shapes and sizes out there, how do you know which one to pick?

While picking a planter with a design you love is important, today we’re going to talk about the more practical things you have to consider when buying a succulent pot, like drainage and size.

Choosing a pot with proper drainage and sizing will ensure the health of your plant babies for years to come… so don’t just pick the prettiest planter on the shelf! (Although it’s fun to do this sometimes!) Make sure it fits these parameters too so it won’t damage your succulents.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
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Drainage for Your Succulent Plants

Drainage is the most important thing to consider when choosing the right pot for succulents. If your pot doesn’t have good drainage, your succulents are at risk of root rot and other symptoms of overwatering, like mushy, yellow leaves.

Your succulent can even die if it sits in too much water. You have to give any excess water in the pot a place to go. Enter drainage holes! They’ll allow water to drain from your pot quickly so that your succulents don’t get waterlogged.

There are plenty of adorable pots with drainage holes, like this aqua sunburst planter. But if you have your heart set on a trendy planter without good drainage like a glass terrarium, you can make it work with some careful planning and skill. It might just take more work on your end.

If you want to plant your succulents in a glass terrarium, or any other succulent planter without drainage holes, you’ll have to water them sparingly. You want to pour enough water into the container to wet the soil, but not so much that it will pool in the bottom. If you do create a little puddle of water in the bottom of the container, your succulents could end up dying of root rot because there’s nowhere for the water to go.

So when you’re using a container without proper drainage, always steer on the side of under-watering. And make sure to plant your succulents in a porous succulent soil similar to this so that doesn’t retain too much water. It’ll help prevent your plants from rotting!

Check out our full article if you would like some tips on watering your succulents.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Best Materials Used for Succulent Planters

The best pot for succulents is one made out of terracotta (clay) or ceramic. Both of these materials are nice and breathable, so they’ll work in indoor areas that might not get a lot of airflow. Since they allow air to flow and water to escape, terracotta and ceramic pots reduce the chances of your succulents dying from overwatering or root rot. That’s why they’re such a great choice for new succulent owners and people with brown thumbs. They make hardy little succulents even harder to kill!

There’s plenty of beautiful ceramic and terracotta pots out there, so you should be able to find one that you love! We have very cute and tiny terracotta pots on one of the office window sills. If you want to check them out here’s where we got them.

For planters a little more on the rustic side, check out our article on how to make driftwood planters for your succulents!

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Size of Your Pot Matters

When it comes to the right pot size, you may think bigger is better. You want to give your succulents plenty of room to grow. So planting them in a big pot is the way to do that… right?

Well actually, planting your succulents in a pot that’s too big for them can be detrimental to their growth and overall health! Planting your succulent in a properly sized pot, which should only have an inch or two of extra room around the sides at most, actually encourages it to grow. When your succulent’s roots reach the bottom and sides of the pot and don’t have a lot more room to spread out, your plant will produce new top growth above the soil instead, which is what you want to see! 

Putting your succulents in the right containers also has another positive effect. It reduces their chances of dying from root rot. Soil retains moisture, so big pots that have more of it will retain more moisture. This puts your succulents at risk of water damage and root rot. Bigger is not always better, so plant your succulents in a small enough pot to keep them healthy!

If you’re ever concerned about if your succulent’s health, take a look at our articles Why Your Succulents are Dying or How to Tell if Your Cactus is Dying. We’ve helped thousands of plant lovers save their succulents and cacti.

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Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Repotting Succulents

OK, I know we were just talking about how pots that are too big are bad for your succulents. But on the flip side, pots that are too small aren’t good for your plant babies either. 

After a few years of living in the same pot, your succulent might outgrow it. It might become top heavy and start falling over in its container, or shooting out roots through the drainage holes of the pot because it’s trying to grow, but has no more room. In those situations, it’s a good idea to repot your succulent into a slightly larger container. The small pot is likely stunting its growth. Here’s the best soil to use for your succulents for optimal growth in your favorite planter.

Succulents should be transplanted into containers that are an inch or two larger than their original container about once every two or three years. The beginning of your succulent’s growing season is the best time to repot. After transplanting your plant baby into a cute new container, wait a few days before you water it to give it a chance to root and acclimate to its new surroundings.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Now that you know how to choose the right pot for your succulents, are you going to repot some of your plant babies? Let us know in the comments section below! For some inspiration on how to design your own succulent garden. Check out our Pinterest and Instagram for daily content! Or swing on over to our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City Plant Lounge, where you can learn additional tips and tricks from fellow succulent lovers.

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Continue expanding your succulent knowledge! Take a look at some additional Succulent City articles like Top 5 Hanging Succulent Planters Worth Having, 10 Beginner Mistakes When Growing Succulents, and Sedum Morganianum— The Burro’s Tail Plant.

Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If not, no worries. Succulent City is devoted to aiding all succulent lovers. That’s why we created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on Different Types of Planters or even Succulent Drainage Requirements today!

Thanks for reading, happy planting! ?

6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents (Review)

6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents

Thick, supple and firm leaves are the ultimate features of a healthy succulent. Sure, watering your succulent and keeping it out of too much sun will enhance its growth. Keeping it thriving, that is the ultimate goal. To achieve that, it helps if you feed your succulent with excellent fertilizer.

The key is to get the right balance between the fertilizer for your succulents, and the water you are feeding it. Excessive watering, all the nutrients within the fertilizer will be flushed out. Too little water, and you may end up creating problems with the roots and leaves from the fertilizer. Here are the 6 best fertilizers for succulents— meeting a wide variety of needs.

 

6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents
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Dr. Earth Premium Gold Pure & Natural Fertilizer

This is the ideal fertilizer to use for your plants when you notice it changing color by turning pale or going yellow. This fertilizer has nitrogen and also adds potassium and phosphorous to the soil. It has a concentration of 10-10-10, meaning 10% nitrogen, 10% potassium, and 10% phosphorus. The nitrogen works wonders on the leaves, the potassium is excellent to help succulent fight disease, and the phosphorus helps with healthy root growth and will help flowers bloom. 

You need to be careful when mixing this fertilizer though, to make sure that it is not too concentrated. If it is, it could burn up the roots and destroy them, killing off your plants. Ideally, you should take about one teaspoon of this fertilizer and then mix it in with a gallon of water. Use this fertilizer when you are watering your plants, instead of plain water. Make sure it is nice and hot so that the roots can absorb their nutrients.


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Organic Worms

If you are interested in a fertilizer that is totally organic, then get yourself a few wiggly worms. Worms release worm castings, which is their nutrient-rich waste. You can have the worms growing in a small container and feed them on small vegetable wastes to get them to release the castings. In fact, these have more than 60 different nutrients including carbon, calcium, nitrogen, magnesium and more.

Use worm castings to balance the pH of the soil for your succulents, making it easier for them to soak up all those delightful nutrients. When potting your succulent, all you need to do is mix in the worm castings with your soil.

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Red Wiggler Earthworms
$24.99

Live, healthy red wiggler earthworms. Grown in Sustainable Conditions. Great for composting and producing quality castings for fertilizer.


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Grow Better Organic Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer

To give your succulents food for an extended period of time, you need a slow-release fertilizer and the offering from Grow Better is an excellent choice. Once you have applied it, it takes at least two months to release all the nutrients into the soil. This means that it will be feeding your succulents for a long time, keeping the roots healthy and helping it thrive through the growing season. It is ideal for using on succulents indoors as well as outdoors and works well with a variety of different soils. You can choose how you want to use it— either by mixing it in with potting soil or adding it to your top dressing.

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GrowBetter Organic Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer
$14.41

Great slow-release for indoor & outdoor cacti and succulents. Can be pre-mixed with potting soils or top-dressed. OMRI Listed.


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Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food

Liquid fertilizer is an excellent option for giving your succulents a health boost. It seeps deep into the soil, offering lasting nourishment to thirsty roots. Miracle-Gro succulent plant food is the best option if you have succulents that are looking a little bit under the weather. It offers an instant boost to them, restoring them back to health in record time. This succulent fertilizer comes concentrated, so you would need to read the directions carefully to make sure you get your mix right for your soil.


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Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food
$8.30

Made for all cacti, jade, aloe, and other popular succulents.

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Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea

You might be tempted to create your own manure tea, however, choosing a quality one will be so much better for your plants. Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea has been perfectly balanced to ensure there is nothing within it that will burn your plants. You prepare it just as you would a cup of tea – steep into some water so that the nutrients go out. It needs to sit in the water for at least 24 hours, though a little more would be better. The color of the water will be brown. Then, when the soil is dry on your plants, use this solution to water them.

Just like a tea bag, you can use this twice, though the second time around, you need to let it steep for twice the time.

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Manuretea Horse Manure Tea
$12.95

Your house plants, container plants, vegetable garden, shrubs, lawns will thrive when you condition the soil with Haven’s Natural Brew Tea.

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Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If you still have questions then look around our site. Here at Succulent City, we are a small team devoted to aiding all succulent lovers. We even created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on Replanting Practices to Keep Your Succulents Safe or even Best Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth today.

 


When you are planning to fertilize your succulents, there is one thing that you should keep in mind— the weather. In the winter, you will be giving your plants a break from the water, so it makes sense to give them a break from fertilizer too. Check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” for a more detailed explanation. Make sure that you fertilize your plants when you know they’re growing actively. This will prevent harmful salts from building up in the soil. This would ideally be in the summer when they thrive through the heat. Feeding your succulents with fertilizer three times a year is more than enough to ensure they remain healthy.

Choose the succulent of your choice and ensure that your succulents have all the right nutrients to help them grow. It is rumored that these plants do not need any fertilizers added to the soil. No doubt, they may survive without them, but survival is not enough. Give them the best possible chance to thrive with and of these six amazing fertilizers.

Thank you for reading! Make sure to leave a comment telling us which fertilizer works best in your experience. You should join us in our exclusive Facebook Group, Succulent City Plant Lounge, where succulent enthusiasts, like yourself, share experiences, tips, and photos to help inspire your inner- gardener!

Also, did you know we’re on Instagram and  Pinterest! Follow us for daily, inspiring succulent content!

Happy Planting!! ?

 

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6 Best Marble Planters for Succulents

Best marble planters for succulents

Marble was all the rage in 2017 and still is today, and we totally understand why! Marble countertops and floors are to die for (not literally though).

They’re modern, elegant, and luxurious… we can’t wait until we can afford to tile our whole house with marble!

But for now, we’re celebrating our love of marble by writing this post about our favorite marble succulent planters. We’re even going to show you a cool DIY planter as a bonus so that you can make it at home if you’re on a budge. It’s made with marble contact paper just to give you a slight preview.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the post!

 

Geometric Marbled Ceramic Pots & Planters

Geometric marble ceramic pots and planters

These faux marble planters have a geometric diamond pattern that really stands out! The texture of these planters combined with their faux marble design makes them look a lot like rocks.

We love the earthy, natural vibe of these planters, and the unique colors they come in. A lot of planters on this list were designed to mimic white carrara marble, but marble comes in a lot of other colors, too. This set of four planters incorporates some of those other colors, like brown, grey and green.

These pots have drainage holes, which make them perfect for succulents. Succulents pretty much need to be put in pots that have drainage holes because they’re so sensitive to overwatering. If they sit in water, their roots will rot and they’ll die. That won’t happen with these planters, though, so you can rest easy!

They come in a set of four and are available for just $17.99, which is an awesome deal! 

 

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Sun-E Modern Style Marbling Ceramic Pot
$17.99

Succulent/Cactus Planter with Drainage Hole (3.35 Inch). 4 in Set, Plants Not Included.

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Colorful Ceramic Succulent Planters

Green and blue marble planters

If you like color, then these are the succulent planters for you! You’ll get four marbled planters if you buy this set—one green, one blue, one pink, and one grey. The bright colors will really compliment your colored succulents!

These planters are about two inches tall and three inches wide, so they’re the perfect petite planters for arrangements of small succulents like Echeverias and Haworthias, too.

Each planter has a drainage hole, so you won’t have to worry about your plants sitting in water. They also come with nice wooden trays that will keep any water that drains out of your pots contained. The trays are a big plus because they’ll prevent your furniture from getting water stains!

These planters are so cute that we don’t blame you if you buy more than one set—like we did! These are the perfect planters for a windowsill garden and are one of our preferred sets for giving succulents as gifts. Each set of six is only $13.99!

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OAMCEG 2.75 inch White Ceramic Succulent Planter, Set of 6
$14.99

BEAUTIFUL, STYLISH MINI SUCCULENT POTS - Set of 6 White Ceramic plant pots, features a drainage hole and bamboo tray at the bottom for proper draining of live plants.


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La Jolíe Muse Succulent Planter Pots – Cute Ceramic Animal Set

We cannot get over this set of faux marble planters! First of all, they are a set of animals! They have an adorable black and white marble design with a splash of color that makes them look super cute! Who could resist these?

This set contains a cat, cow, elephant, fox, and an owl which makes it great for a growing succulent collection. These cute little planters are sure to bring a smile to your face every time you see them!

We love the way that the glossy ceramic marble looks with the raised textures of the animals. These animal planters are made from high-quality ceramic, they are glazed on the outside and inside, and come with a drainage hole, rubber plugs. This set of ceramic pots is just $27.99. Don’t let the price scare you, these are made with high-quality ceramic and hand-painted individually.

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La Jolíe Muse Succulent Planter Pots - Cute Ceramic Animal Set
$28.99

Your search for adorable and practical mini succulent pots in a range of sizes is over! This set of 5 premium ceramic pots features an elephant, owl, cow, fox, and cat. This animal collection is the perfect whimsical accessory for any table, desk, countertop, or bookshelf.

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Ball Shaped Faux Marble Planter

We think that this planter is one of the most striking ones on the list! It almost looks like a ball or a globe with its tall, curved ceramic sides. It has a beautiful faux marble finish. The marbled design streaks up and down the sides of the pot and really emphasizes its curvy shape.

We think that this stunning contemporary pot would make a beautiful centerpiece for your coffee or dining room table. It’s one of the biggest pots on this list, so it will fit quite a few succulents. Load it up with your favorite plants, and put a few colored succulents in there, too. They’ll really pop against the white ceramic sides of this pot!

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Comciou Marbling Ceramic Flower Pot
$26.99

Made of high quality ceramic and have drainage holes for watering. Each flower pot is carved with fine stripes, make your windowsill, living room, and desktop, patio more tidy and beautiful.

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Potey Ceramic Faux Marble Planter

We are in love with Potey pots! They are attractive, striking and classy without upstaging our glorious succulents. They are well made and come in perfect condition, fully packaged in styrofoam. We absolutely love that no power tools are required! We didn’t have to drill a drainage hole (thank God we didn’t have to worry about chipping the pot), and it comes with a saucer as well to catch excess water! 

Beautiful and high-quality pots! We love the sleek and modern look of these and they look great with all of our succulents! The marble looks expensive and the saucers add a pop of pizzazz! They are a matte black with lovely and realistic white marble veining throughout. The gold drainage container actually adds to both the aesthetic feel of the pots, as well as the functionality! 

They are made from high-quality ceramic material and are a surprisingly good weight. There is even a drainage hole and two small mesh screens that come with the planters. The pots we ordered were 4-inch and 5-inch garden pots, with an outer diameter of 4.3inches, inside diameter of 3.8inches, and height of 4.3inches. The saucer had a diameter of 4.6inches.

Did we say that we love these elegant ceramic pots? They make any space look classy. 

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DIY Marble Planter

Here’s that DIY recipe that we promised you! You can turn pots you already have into marble masterpieces by picking up some marble contact paper. Contact paper is super easy to apply to tin cans or any other round object that you want to turn into a gorgeous faux marble planter!

You don’t even need glue to make this! The only supplies you’ll need are a craft knife, a tape measure, a tin can, and of course, marble contact paper. When cutting this marble contact paper we found that the best option is to use this x-acto knife to get the best clean cut possible, plus it’s not expensive at all.

Measure the length and width of your can using flexible measuring tape so that you know exactly how much contact paper to cut. Then, use the craft knife to cut the contact paper according to your measurements. Use a straightedge while you’re cutting to make sure that you get the cleanest lines.

Wrap the contact paper you just cut around your whole tin can. Make sure that you wrap the contact paper tightly to prevent air bubbles from forming. Use a handy credit card or gift card in order to get those air bubbles out.

You’re all done! Wasn’t that easy? Now go fill your beautiful, brand new pot with plants!

Still feeling crafty? Read our article on How to Easily Create Driftwood Planters at Home!

 

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We know that you probably can’t pick, but which one of these amazing pots is your favorite? We love the set of four geometric planters the most! Let us know which one you’re going to buy in the comments section below.

If you do end up making a purchase, snap a picture of it and share it with us on social media @succulentcity! We can’t wait to see all of the beautiful succulent arrangements you create in your fabulous faux marble planters. Happy planting!

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.

Before you move on to the next post, don’t forget to join the Succulent City Plant Lounge to have experts in the community answer your questions right away! The group is also a great place to make succulent friends.

Happy planting!