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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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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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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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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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.

How to Know What Succulents Can be Planted Together?

Have you ever thought of having all your favorite succulents in one pot? You can plant different succulents together, but bear in mind that some need more care than others. You have to consider the water, soil, and light needs of the succulents you are planting together.

Pairing succulents can be quite tricky, especially if you are new to growing succulents. So, please stick with us as we show you what you need to pair succulents and how to go about it.

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What to Consider When Pairing Succulents Together?

Pairing succulents is not exactly an easy task. Still, when you see how the charming combination accentuates your home’s appearance, the sweat and energy you put into it are worth it. Here are some things to put into consideration when pairing succulents:

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Growth Requirements

While some succulents need more sunlight to bloom, others need more water. Also, some succulents experience dormancy in the winter, while others in the summer. Hardy succulents can tolerate frostbite and freezing temperatures, while tender succulents will perish under such conditions.

When selecting succulents to plant together, go with those with similar care needs. This way, you can maintain your succulent appearance and freshness for a considerable length of time.

If the growing season, light, water, temperature, and soil requirements of the succulents are not similar, pairing them together will affect their growth and longevity.

For instance, jade plants grow best during the winter, while California Sunsets thrive in the summer. So, pairing them together would be a bad idea. You can pair winter-sleeping succulents such as Sempervivum, Echeveria, and Agave together. Also, dormant succulents that grow well together include Graptopetalum, Aeonium, and Aloe.

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Consider the height of the succulents you are pairing together. You do not want a situation where some tall succulents will completely cover shorter succulents. When it comes to succulents’ height, the best way to grow them is by following the thriller-filler-spiller method.

Thrillers are the tall, attention-seeking succulents with colorful foliage and elegant shapes. When planting succulents together in a pot, plant the thrillers first, and at the center of the pot, with other succulents surrounding them. Because of their tall, bold, and colorful appearance, your eye will catch the thrillers first when you glance at your succulent pot. Some examples of thriller succulents include Agaves, Cannas, and Taros.

After planting your thrillers, the next step is to grow your fillers, which are the billowy plants with fine texture. Fillers bring textural contrast to the thrillers and fill the pot. You can also use fillers to cover the bare, less attractive stalks and stems of neighboring succulents.

Some filler succulents include Begonias, Dusty Miller, Cupheas, Lantanas, Pentas, and Plectranthus.

Finally, add spillers to provide some form of anchor by spreading out to the container’s ends. The spillers tumble towards the ground, making the pot appear to be rooted to the earth. You can choose spillers that somewhat contrast with the thrillers and fillers in the pot.

Some examples of spillers you can go for include Bacopas, Alternantheras, Nasturtiums, and Golden Creeping Jenny.

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What makes succulents most attractive is their color. Besides the fact that there are many color options to choose from, succulents also change their color in response to light and high temperatures.

Although a succulent is elegant in itself, you will not know how much more refined it can be unless you plant it together with other succulents. When planting succulents of different colors together, it is essential to follow basic color principles.

Succulents of complementary colors (blue and orange, purple and yellow, and green and red) go well together. Most succulents have red and green colors, so this complementary color arrangement will not be challenging to create.

Another option is to choose a monochromatic color arrangement, with all succulents having the same color but contrasting tones and shades. For instance, green succulents are available in different shades and tones, so you can choose different green succulents that complement each other.

You can also use the analogous color arrangement in which you select three colors closest to each other on the color spectrum. You can choose yellow, yellow-green, and green succulents and plant them together in a pot.

One can use the warmth of a succulent’s color as a criterion for selecting succulents to plant together. For example, if you want a cold-toned color arrangement, you can pair purple succulents with blue-green ones. You can also pair red and orange succulents with yellow-green ones to get a warm tone.

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Shape and Texture

Shape and texture are other factors to consider when pairing succulents together. You plant tall and upward-growing succulents like Aeonium and Sansevieria together. Trailing or cascading succulents like Senecio and Sedum pair effortlessly together.

To have a better eye-catching design, you can tweak succulents of different heights, textures, and shapes.

Succulents with white markings such as Aloe, Haworthiagive, and Gasteria have an excellent texture. Also, the Euphorbia genus provides a wide variety of textures you can choose from.

While many people are aware of the plump leaves and fascinating stems of succulents, not many know that several succulents form elegant flowers. You can include these flower-producing succulents in your pairing arrangement, and you will be blown away when they bloom.

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Containers and Pots

There are tons of containers and pots for placing succulents. They come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Choose succulents pots and containers that complement your succulents’ texture, color, body, and height. Using a monochromatic color arrangement, you can opt for a pot with a different color to provide a form of contrast and elegance.

Depending on how your pot or container is designed, you can use pebbles and broken blocks to dress your succulents.

Final Words

All in all, pairing different succulents together helps to accentuate their beauty. You can even pair cactus and succulents together, but ensure you use a soil formulated for cactus. There is no limit to your succulents’ arrangement possibilities, so do not be scared of experimenting to know what works for you.