Find out how to plant succulents in pots, how to care for Succulent Pots, and How often to water succulents.
If I’m honest, caring for four children and two adults is almost as much as I can handle. Hence the reason we have no pets. 😉 But I have found that low-maintenance plants, like succulents, are not only easy to keep alive, they bring me so much joy – both indoors and outdoors. So I recently decided to create some new DIY succulent planters for my front porch (tutorial for those coming soon!), and it got me thinking that maybe some of you would enjoy some succulent care tips, including how to plant, water, and care for succulent plants.
How to Plant Succulents to thrive
If you’ve seen my back porch, you know that I’ve become quite the crazy plant lady, and I especially love to grow succulents. The fleshy leaves and shallow root systems make them hardy, drought-resistant, and very easy to grow. The color and textural differences they offer is both interesting and beautiful. They are easy to pot, repot, and rearrange, and small succulents are especially fun indoors, as well. They make the easiest diy planters! And I’m going to show you today how to pot succulents so they can not only survive, but thrive.
There are a few keys to creating and caring for succulent pots. The main concern, though, is that excess water can create root rot and kill your succulent. The solution? Soil that drains. And an appropriate watering schedule (more on that below). It all starts, though, with proper potting with good drainage.
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HOW TO POT SUCCULENTS
- Always be sure to have a clear drainage hole in your pot or container.
- To protect the hole from being clogged by dirt, put rocks, pebbles, or a piece of broken pottery at the bottom of your pot.
- If the pot is particularly deep, consider filling the bottom with more rocks or pebbles, rather than using potting soil for the whole thing.
- Use a well draining potting mix (like this one, also available on Amazon, or make your own… tutorial coming soon!).
- Water approximately once each week (or two). Soak the soil until the water comes out the bottom of the container.
- Remember, that succulents can propagate from clippings, which is just a fancy way of saying that you can cut off a shoot (even without roots), stick it in the dirt, and watch it grow roots and flourish. Cool, right? Use this to spread your succulents to other containers or to fill the pot more quickly as they grow.
How often to water succulents
You’ll note that I did not give an exact frequency for watering your potted succulents. That’s because how often you water your succulents and the amount of water needed depends on many factors: sun exposure, temperature, and humidity, to start. And, of course, indoor succulents won’t dry out as quickly as those outside. So use these tips as guiding principles for how often you should water your succulents. Experiment a little, and see where it leads you!
I water my succulents approximately once per week, sometimes less when it’s been raining, and sometimes more in the worst dry heat of the summer. As I mentioned, I usually try to water until water flows from the bottom of the pot. Since I pot them with well draining soil and pebbles or rocks at the bottom, it doesn’t usually take as much water as you might think.
Succulent Pot Ideas
If you can’t already tell, I love how versatile succulents are. I’ve planted them in urns (my newest project… tutorial coming soon!) for a more modern twist on a very traditional style. I’ve also used more classic terra cotta pots on our back porch.
I’ve used beautiful, colorful, glazed pottery on our back steps.
And I’ve created a variety of mini succulent container gardens with a combination of several small succulents. Both outdoors…
I’ve even gathered a few pots for succulents that have caught my eye.
POTS AND PLANTERS FOR SUCCULENTS:
Some of these succulent pots hang on the wall, others have cool metal stands. Some are large, and some are small… but all would look beautiful filled with succulent plants!
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