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The Best Succulent Planters for a Fun and Funky Container Garden

1. Celine Cast Stone

Campania International Celine Planter

The Celine Cast Stone Planter by Campania International is a durable, low-profile style made of concrete that has been texturized to resemble stone.

Its shallow depth and drainage hole make it the perfect choice for succulent gardening. At a hefty 16 pounds, it’s virtually tip-proof.

Key Features:

  • Cast stone
  • Tapered bowl
  • 17” L x 11.75” W x 4.25” H
  • Weighs 16 pounds
  • 3 colors: ferro rustico nuovo (rust), nero nuovo (charcoal), and pietra nuova (chocolate)
  • Drainage hole
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Handcrafted in the USA

The Celine Cast Stone Planter is available from Hayneedle.

2. Charlotte Triangular

American Essence Charlotte Triangular Planter

The American Essence Charlotte Triangular Planter is made of lightweight and durable molded polypropylene that is fully recyclable.

While the sides strike a dramatic triangular pose, the clever rounded bottom perfectly accommodates the contents of three six-inch pots.

There is no drainage hole in this planter. To avoid overwatering, fill one-third of the way with pea gravel, and place entire grow pots or their contents on top.

Key Features:

  • Polypropylene
  • Triangle with round base
  • 15″ x 6.25″ H
  • Weighs 2 pounds
  • 7 colors including black, bronze, charcoal, white, and metallic shades
  • Indoor use
  • Made in the USA

The American Essence Charlotte Triangular Planter is available from ePlanters.

3. Dale Fiberglass

Jay Scotts Dale Fiberglass Planter

The Jay Scotts Dale Fiberglass Planter resists UV rays and freezing. It’s a lightweight, footed receptacle with a low profile and freeform shape.

You may order this product with or without drainage holes. Drainage holes are required for outdoor use.

There are two options when ordering fiberglass containers: “sealed for indoor use” and “add drainage holes (non-refundable).” I found this a little confusing.

Sealed for indoor use just means that there are no drainage holes. And, if you order one with drainage holes, you can’t return it.

Key Features:

  • Fiberglass
  • Freeform footed
  • 14 x 8.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Weighs 8 ounces
  • 5 colors: silver, white, and matte black, brown, and charcoal
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Optional drainage holes
  • Weatherproof
  • Made in Vietnam, hand-finished in the USA

The Jay Scotts Dale Fiberglass is available from ePlanters.

4. Timbrell Fiberglass

Jay Scotts Timbrell Fiberglass Planter

The Jay Scotts Timbrell Fiberglass Planter is a substantial UV- and frost-resistant container suitable for use indoors or out. Its design is an elongated double oval with ample room to feature your favorites.

You may order this item without drainage holes (sealed) or without drainage holes (non-returnable). Drainage holes are required for outdoor use.

Key Features:

  • Fiberglass
  • Double oval
  • 42 x 12 x 7 inches
  • Weighs 4.5 pounds
  • 5 colors: silver, white, and matte black, brown, and charcoal
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Optional drainage holes
  • Weatherproof
  • Made in Vietnam, hand-finished in the USA

The Jay Scotts Timbrell Fiberglass is available from ePlanters.

5. Short Hayden Fiberglass

Jay Scotts Short Hayden Fiberglass Planter

The Jay Scotts Short Hayden Fiberglass Planter Set is a collection of three rounded complementary pots. These are perfect to display larger varieties and those that cascade in both indoor and outdoor settings. Exceptional UV and frost resistance means no cracking or fading, and years of enjoyment.

The first is 12 inches in diameter at the rim, tapering to an 11-inch base. It’s seven inches tall, with an inside measurement of 9” x 9,” and a weight of three pounds.

The second is 16 inches at the rim and 13 inches at the base. It’s 8 inches tall, measures 12.5” x 12.5” inside, and weighs 5 pounds.

And the third has a rim diameter of 20 inches that tapers to a base of 15.5 inches. It’s 10 inches tall with an inside measurement of 16” x 16,” and weighs 7 pounds.

This set is available without drainage holes (sealed) or with drainage holes (non-returnable). Drainage holes are required for outdoor use.

Key Features:

  • Fiberglass
  • Three complementary rounded pots
  • 5 colors: silver, white, and matte black, brown, and charcoal
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Optional drainage holes
  • Weatherproof
  • Made in Vietnam, hand-finished in the USA

The Jay Scotts Short Hayden Fiberglass set is available from ePlanters.

6. Nested Small Metal

Nested Small Metal Planters, Set of 2

The Nested Small Metal Planters Set from Plow & Hearth comprise a rugged two-piece set made of galvanized metal, accented to look like brass soldering. The first has a diameter of 20 3/4 inches with a height of 4 1/4 inches. The second is 17 ¾ inches around, with a height of 4 1/4 inches.

While durable enough for outdoor use, these pots have no drainage holes, so be sure to keep them in a sheltered area. Filling one-third with pea gravel before topping off with potting medium keeps excess moisture away from roots.

Key Features:

  • Galvanized metal
  • 2 round pans
  • Combined weight approximately 6 pounds
  • Indoor use/outdoor sheltered use
  • No drainage holes
  • Made in China

The Nested Small Metal set is available from Plow & Hearth. Thanks to the very helpful Plow & Hearth customer service representatives for answering my questions about this product.

7. GEO Trough

Geo Stainless Metal Planter Box by Veradek

Display your favorites all in a row with the Veradek GEO Trough Planter. Lightweight and long-lasting, it’s crafted from heavy-gauge, seam-welded stainless steel, for a bold, horizontal container that is leak-proof and scratch-resistant. This product is available in three sizes.

The length of this style is 32-inches long, and heights and widths vary. Choose from 32” L x 4” W x 6” H, 32” L x 8” W x 3” H, or 32” L x 3.5” W x 3” H, to suit your plants and decor. Each weighs 5 pounds.

There are no drainage holes, so apply a layer of pea gravel in the bottom before adding lightweight succulent potting medium. And note that heavier soils may cause warping.

Veradek products contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are made with 70% recycled materials, and are fully recyclable. The representatives in Veradek and Wayfair customer service were very helpful in providing answers to my questions about this product.

Key Features:

  • Stainless steel
  • 3 colors: black, stainless steel, or white
  • 3 size options
  • Indoor/sheltered outdoor use
  • No drainage holes
  • Use with lightweight potting medium only
  • Made in China

The Veradek GEO Trough is available from Wayfair.

8. Binwen Modern Ceramic with Bamboo Tray

6-Inch Modern White Ceramic Planter Pot with Drainage Bamboo Tray

Perfect for displaying a collection of smaller succulents, this shallow 6-inch round ceramic dish from Binwen has a drainage hole in the bottom, a convenient bamboo drainage tray that’s both useful and attractive. The modern, sleek design pairs well with any decor.

This container is depicted in many of the photos throughout this article.

Key Features:

  • Ceramic and bamboo
  • 6.29 x 6.29 x 1.57-inch planter
  • 6.18 x 6.18 x 0.47-inch tray
  • Weighs 1.3 pounds
  • Hole in bottom of container for drainage
  • Draining tray included

The Round White Succulent Planter with Bamboo Tray from Binwen is available on Amazon.

9. Reclaimed Wood Hexagon with Succulents

4-Inch Hexagonal Planter with Succulents

This hexagonal planter is made in California from reclaimed wood, and it’s perfect for display at the office or at home. Place it on your desk near a sunny window, or create a centerpiece for your dining table.

An added bonus for this planter is that the work is already done for you. It comes filled with an assortment of carefully selected succulents in complementary colors and textures, top-dressed with moss. And it’s perfect for giving as a gift to the succulent lover in your life!

Key Features:

  • Reclaimed wood
  • Approximately 4 inches across
  • Slight variations in coloring, since each is unique
  • Filled with carefully selected succulents
  • Perfect for gifting
  • Made in the USA

A single planter or trio of hexagons are both available from Succulent Gardens.

Tips for Success

Now that you have an exciting array from which to choose, here are three tips for successful succulent cultivation in your new pots and planters:

Photo by Allison Sidhu.

1. Good Drainage Is Essential

Use a lightweight, gravel-rich potting medium like Hoffman’s Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, available from Amazon. Choose pots with holes in the bottom, and for those without, add one-third pea gravel before adding potting mix.

Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 4 Quarts

You may also display small, plain grower’s pots with drainage holes in their bases inside larger, decorative pots without drainage holes. Place a layer of pea gravel between them for stability and optimal drainage.

Shallow Planter Liners, Various Sizes

You may like to purchase clear plastic saucers like these, available from ePlanters. They’ll protect surfaces from water spillover. Sizes range from 6 to 17 inches in diameter with multiple quantities per package to fit the pots that you have selected.

How to Transfer a Mini Succulent into a New Container

How to Transfer a Mini Succulent into a New Container!

Simple and easy to do!

For this blog/tutorial, we are using a succulent in a plastic square 2″ container going into an approx. 2″ round container. If either container is smaller or larger, you will simply need to add or lose some soil. Let’s get started.

We recommend giving your succulents a nice drink of water the day or two prior to transferring. Dry soil can crumble and make a mess. Wet soil will bind together better and makes it a little easier to pull from the container. Also, give the container a few squeezes all the way around, this helps break the sides from sticking as it pulls out. Gently wrap your fingers around the underside of your succulent (Do Not pull on individual leaves, be gentle!!)

Once you have all or most of your succulent and it’s soil out, you’ll gently place it into it’s new container(home).

Depending on sizes, it may fit right in or it may not. Going from a square to a circle means you need to help out the corners by lightly pressing them down.

I’m doing this with one hand as the other is holding the camera, but you get the point!

Do this all the way around. If you need to use a pencil, the eraser end works well, anything that helps get the soil down is ok, just be gentle going all the way around until the soil line is a little lower than the edge/rim. If you really want to get fancy, you can add some decorative sand, gravel, rocks etc. on the top if you don’t want to see any soil. Doing this is a good idea especially when putting a smaller plant into a much larger container, it helps keep it from looking like it’s drowning in a sea of dirt! For similar size containers, not really necessary unless you want to.

This is also a good time to tidy up any damaged or dead outer leaves, just gently pull them away and toss. Succulents naturally lose their outer/lower/older leaves, it doesn’t mean your plant is dying, it’s just basic succulent maintenance! Also, if your succulent is a little too big, you can gently pull away outer leaves and either toss, or put aside and many will begin rooting in a month or so, see our “Leaf Starters”!

All done at this point. We don’t recommend transferring too early prior to an event as once they have been all completed and ready to go, you don’t want to water them and have soil go over the sides or get water spots on their new homes. We recommend our succulents arrive 7-10 days prior to events, this should allow you plenty of time to do the transfers, these 2 took less than a minute each to complete! Invite some friends and family over, open a beer, bottle of wine, or soda and make it a party!

The shelving sets are from Shirley’s Shelving, they do awesome work, from small racks to giant ones you can sit back on! Tell them we sent you!

The cute white plastic containers come from Jorge at

Also check out our container upgrades when ordering.

*** a few questions we are often asked about transferring into new containers:

Do they need drain holes? Small container do not. The key is watering, water when dry, never if wet. Also don’t fill it up like a lake, you’ll see the water soak into the soil and that’s plenty. On larger containers, drainage holes are useful to help with “drainage” but if your decorative pots do not have them, laying a bed of gravel/rocks etc. at the bottom will help keep the soil from getting too wet, but watering again is the key point, water only when dry. 1x a week is fine on small containers if dry, 1x every 2-3 weeks on larger containers. Obviously if you are well acquainted with your plants, you can do more often or less, but always remember “Water only when dry, never if wet”!

Do I need special soil? On smaller containers, not so important, sometimes soil gets displaced during shipping, pinch it up, sometimes you need a little more for transfers, any type will do, but understand that succulent/cacti soil is made to help drain water out/dry quicker vs houseplant soil that is made to hold moisture in/dry slower. So just remember the watering rule and evaporation on small containers will help you out here. On larger containers, 6″ and bigger, you should consider buying or making proper succulent soil.


How to Plant a Succulent

Remove Your Pot and Soil

The first step of successful succulent planting is to get rid of the nursery pot and remove as much soil as you can. Nurseries almost always plant their succulents in soil that’s way too dense and retains too much water. The more of this nursery soil you’re able to get rid of, the healthier your succulent’s roots will be.

You may not be able to get all the soil off without damaging the roots, and that’s totally fine. Just get rid of as much as you can while being gentle on your succulent.

If you’re planting your succulent by itself (as I am here), you’ll want to leave the roots intact as much as possible. On the other hand, if you’re putting together an arrangement with several succulents, you might want to break off some of the roots.

Getting rid of some roots won’t create any big problems–your succulent will survive just fine either way. And, if you’re lucky enough to have babies attached to your main plant, now is a good time to remove them if you’d like.

The succulent I’m using here is a “Gollum Jade“.

Place Mesh Over the Drainage Hole

Although a drainage hole is important for the healthy of your succulent, you don’t want your soil to fall out of it. Use some mesh tape to prevent the biggest chunks of soil from falling out.

Mesh tape works well because it allows for water to flow out easily, but will still hold in most of the soil. You’ll probably get some “dust” falling out, but that’s normal.

If you want, you can also use a mesh screen instead of the mesh tape.

Potted Succulent Plants: How To Care For Succulents In Containers

In many areas, you’ll want to grow your outdoor succulents in pots. For instance, container grown succulents can be easily out of rainy areas if a huge rainstorm is expected. Growing succulents in pots also makes sense if you want to bring them indoors for winter. When bringing them back out in spring, it is simple to move these potted succulent plants into varying degrees of sunlight as you acclimate them to the outside. And succulents are well suited to the confines of a potted environment, even unusual containers, provided that adequate care is given.

How to Care for Succulents in Containers

When you’re growing succulents in pots, they will need to be watered more often than those growing in the ground. However, since these plants need little watering in the first place, container gardening with succulents is a good choice, especially for those who tend to forget to water.

Grow potted succulent plants in fast draining soil. Pots with good drainage holes, preferably large holes or more than one, are the best choice for container gardening with succulents. Breathable terracotta or clay containers don’t hold as much water as do glass or ceramic pots.

Succulent roots can rot quickly if they remain wet for any extended time, so grow them in a soil mixture that allows the water to move on out of the pot. Shallow containers for potted succulent plants drain more quickly.

Careful watering of container grown succulents will vary from season to season. Almost no water is needed when plants are inside during winter. When they move outside in spring and growth starts, however, watering needs can become weekly.

During the heat of summer, provide afternoon shade for those that might sunburn and water more often, if needed. Succulents growing in containers need less water as temperatures cool in autumn. Always make sure the soil is dry before watering these plants.

Additional Care for Container Gardening with Succulents

Research the potted succulent plants you grow before planting if you know their names. Many will likely be of the Crassula genus.

Try to pot succulents with similar light requirements together and provide the recommended lighting. Most succulents need at least six hours of sun per day, which is full sun. Almost all prefer morning sun to be included in those hours.

Some succulents need bright light, but not full sun. Some require partial shade, so please research before you put a succulent plant outside in full sun. These plants stretch out if they’re not getting enough light.

Fertilize succulent plants lightly. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer or a weak compost tea. Most experienced succulent growers say you should only fertilize once in the spring season.

While pests are rare on succulent plants, most can be treated with 70% alcohol. Spray or use a swab on the delicate leaves. Repeat the process until you no longer see the offending pest.

A Guide to Growing and Caring for Succulents

By Linda Ly

What are Succulents?

Succulents are plants with fleshy, thickened leaves and/or swollen stems that store water. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice or sap. Succulents are able to survive on limited water resources, such as dew and mist, making them tolerant of drought. There are many different species and cultivars of succulents spanning several plant families, and most people associate succulents with Cactaceae, the cactus family. (Keep in mind, however, that while all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti.)

Best Succulents to Grow Indoors

  • Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
  • Christmas kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
  • Mother-in-law tongue or snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Crown of thorns (Eurphorbia milii)
  • Medicine plant (Aloe vera)
  • Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
  • Zebra cactus (Haworthia fasciata)
  • Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
  • String of bananas (Senecio radicans)
  • String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
  • Hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum tectorum or Echeveria elegans)
  • Pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)
  • Burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum)
  • Pebble plant or living stone (Lithops)

How to Grow Succulents Indoors

Because of their special ability to retain water, succulents tend to thrive in warm, dry climates and don’t mind a little neglect. This makes them well adapted to indoor growing and ideal for people desiring low-maintenance houseplants. If you’re choosing succulents for the first time, follow these steps for successful care of your new plants.

    1. Choose an appropriate succulent for your indoor conditions.

Most succulents like direct sunlight, but if all you have is a shaded corner in your house, go with low light-tolerant plants like mother-in-law tongue. If you plan to grow your succulent in a hanging planter, a trailing variety like string of bananas is a great choice. Always read the plant labels to determine the sunlight needs, size, and spread of your succulents.

    1. Provide a very well-draining potting medium.

Nurseries always plant their succulents in soil that’s too rich and retains too much moisture, so you’ll want to repot your succulent as soon as you bring it home. Start with a coarse potting mix with good drainage and aeration. You can find special cactus and succulent mixes at the nursery, or even use an African violet mix. To further improve drainage and prevent compaction, add perlite or pumice to the cactus or African violet mix (up to 50% of the total potting mix, depending on your particular succulent’s moisture needs). Always wet the mix before using to ensure it’s evenly moist.

    1. Choose your container.

When repotting, use a container that has a drainage hole and is at least 1 to 2 inches larger than the nursery container. Avoid glass containers (such as mason jars or terrariums) as a long-term potting solution, as they don’t allow roots to breathe and can cause root rot over time. Fill the bottom one-third of the container with pre-moistened potting mix, then position your plant inside and backfill with more pre-moistened potting mix.

    1. Place the potted succulent in a sunny location.

Most succulents prefer at least 6 hours of sun per day, so try to place them near a south- or east-facing window. You may notice your succulents becoming spindly or stretching toward the light if they don’t get enough sun.

    1. Allow the potting mix to dry out between waterings.

The number-one mistake many people make with succulents is overwatering them. It’s best to water more, but less frequently. Saturate the potting mix thoroughly (while ensuring water flows out of the drainage hole properly) but allow the mix to dry out slightly before the next watering. If the potting mix stays consistently wet every day, the plant may eventually die.

    1. Fertilize your succulents at least once a year.

The plants benefit most from fertilizer in the spring (when the days get longer and new growth begins), and again in late summer. Use a balanced, all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer (such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10) diluted to half the strength recommended on the package instructions. There is no need to fertilize succulents in winter when they’re semi-dormant., They don’t need the nutrient boost because they are not actively growing.

Additional Succulent Care Tips

Can you use sand to plant succulents?
Thought it may seem like succulents thrive in sand out in the wild, they actually prefer loose, rocky soil and need nutrients to grow well. When used on its own, sand has a tendency to compact over time, causing too much water retention in a container. The best potting medium for a succulent is one specially formulated for cacti and succulents, or a well-draining mix of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite/pumice.

Can you start succulents from seeds?
Yes. Succulent seeds can be started indoors in light, moist soil (much like other plant seeds), but grow more slowly and generally don’t reach transplant size until six months to a year after germinating.

Why are my succulent’s leaves falling off?
Like many plants, the lowest leaves on the stem (closest to the potting mix) will eventually shrivel up and drop. This is normal and nothing to worry about. If the topmost leaves are dying, it could indicate overwatering, pests, or disease.

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    Pottery and planters not only add to the beauty of your succulents but plays a major role in the health of a plant as you may not know. Succulent pots come in different material, sizes and drainage, let’s explore how these attributes can help your plant thrive.


    Terracotta pots

    Terracotta pots are popular among succulent enthusiast for good reasons. The porous nature of terracotta makes it the most breathable pot among others. Most of the time, breathability is good for succulents; however, it could cause some problem if you live in a place with dry and hot summer. The material is so breathable that you have to water them more frequently compared to others material. Also, with extended exposure to the sun, the pot can become extremely hot and can potentially damage the root system. If you live in an area with humid and hot climate, terracotta is your best choice.

    The biggest drawback of terracotta is that they are too heavy make them tough to relocate when filled. Also, it can be easily damaged if not handled carefully.

    Unglazed Ceramic Pots

    Unglazed ceramic pots are very similar to terracotta pots but less breathable since they are made from much finer clay with less sand and fired at a much higher temperature during manufacture. Since ceramic are less breathable, it retaining moisture better and you don’t have to water your succulent that frequently.
    Ceramic pots come in different designs and color which makes them perfect for both indoor and outdoor decoration. Additionally, it can be fragile as terracotta.

    Glazed Ceramic or Porcelain Pots

    Glazed ceramic pots are quite different from the two mentioned above. Although made from similar material, the glazed coating gives the pot a smooth and glass-like surface which makes the pot almost unbreathable. Does it mean that it’s not for succulents? Not really. With glazed pots, you need to pay more attention to watering and growing medium. Don’t water your succulents until your soil is completely dry or even a few days after dry in warmer temperature.

    Glazed ceramic and porcelain pots are usually more expensive given their artistic nature, which makes them perfect for indoor and decorative settings.

    Glass containers

    Glass containers are more or less the same as glazed ceramic in terms of breathability except that they usually don’t come with drainage holes. Therefore, they are usually used as terrariums or air plant holders. The transparency matches especially well with colorful sand and drought tolerant plants. The only thing to worry about is overwatering since glass containers don’t usually have drainage holes.

    Plastic or resin Pots

    Plastic pot is undoubtedly the most accessible pot that you can get. Almost every succulent from the store come with one, which doesn’t make it a bad choice. Plastic pots are not breathable and light, meaning that they retain moisture and very easy to move. Since they are so light, you know instantly when you need to water your plants by holding them in your hand. Moreover, the polyresin pots nowadays can make into any size and look that you can’t even tell if that is plastic until you touch it.


    You can make Concrete planters into all kinds of shape and sizes given that you can make the molding. It’s a lot of fun when it comes to DIY your own concrete planter. You can shape them, paint them or do anything to them. But don’t forget to add a decent size drainage hole.

    Wooden planter and driftwood

    Making your wooden planter or driftwood planter is fun, but make sure to get some protection for but your pot and your plant.

    Protect your planter by laying some waterproof fabric like pond liner or even some plastic containers. If the wood is not protected against excess moisture, it will soon go into rot and eventually hurt your plants’ root system.

    Other factors to consider:

    Pot size

    Pot size can be as important as pot material when it comes to succulents. You may think a larger pot is always good as it allows more space for root growth. It’s not true.

    Most succulents have shallow root system. If you plant your succulents into a deep, non-breathable pot, moisture trapped in the excess soil can soon cause your plant to rot. But what if you really like the pot? There are solutions. First and foremost, always use soil with good drainage by increasing the draining medium percentage, such as perlite and coarse sand. Second, lay the bottom of your pot with gravel to improve drainage (Read more here). Third, make sure to repot your succulent every one to two years when they grow bigger.

    However, there are exceptions to this. Succulents like Haworthia have strong root system are tend to much more tolerant to excess moisture and certainly can do well in deeper and non-breathable pots.

    Drainage hole

    I have seen a lot of lovely containers that can be repurposed to succulent pots, however, most of them don’t have a drainage hole. You may be able to get away with that by controlling water, but by far the best way to solve that is to add a drainage hole.

    It’s not difficult at all to drill a hole for your pot. All the tools you need are a drill and some 1/2 inch to1 inch diamond drill bit and some masking tape(optional). I recommend at lease a 1/2 inch for a smaller pot and up to an inch for larger pots. First, choose the lowest spot of the pot or drill more than one hole in a larger pot. Cover the area you desire with one to two-inch long masking tape to prevent slipping. Always use the lowest speed and very little pressure, spray a little water on the surface to reduce friction until you have a hole. It usually won’t take longer than a minute to drill a hole in a ceramic pot.

    This post is part of the “Succulent Potting Complete Guide“series. If you have any questions or thoughts about this blog post, please let me know in the comment section below.

    If you are interested in buying succulent pots, please check out our . And check back periodically on my blog for more articles on succulents, vegetable gardening, and gardening DIY ideas.

    Succulents Pot Size

    Tips for Choosing the Perfect Planter

    Choosing the perfect sized pot for your succulent plant can be challenging.

    Lots of sources claim you should give them lots of room to grow.

    But is this really necessary with succulents?

    I say no, they can grow in barely a teaspoon of soil, which suits them perfectly.

    Find out how to perfectly size the pot for a healthy, happy succulent.

    Many succulents have two kinds of roots – a tap root, which is fleshy and stores excess moisture, and also delves deep into the earth to seek out water from lower levels, and smaller fine hair roots which stay close to the surface to access rain showers or dew.

    See more about the root systems of plants here.

    Too big of a pot is probably the number one issue that people have when growing succulents.

    Not only does it take a ton of soil, but it also holds way too much water.

    A succulent plant stranded in the middle of a large pot will not be happy, they may survive, but there’s no incentive to grow much.

    Large pots with huge amounts of root room don’t allow the plant to fill the pot with roots.

    It’s kind of a rebound effect; the roots hit the sides and bottom of a smaller pot, which then encourages the plant to send up top growth. See the diagram above for more on this.

    As an added advantage for plants that don’t like too much water, the smaller amount of soil won’t hold excess moisture.

    Planting Succulents;

    or; How it Should Look if You Could See Inside the Pot;

    Planting Succulents – typical

    Planting Succulents – Ideal

    The ideal size of a pot for most succulents is that it’s about five to ten percent bigger than the size of the plant at the surface.

    For rosette type succulents, this would mean that an Echeveria of around 3″ across would fit into something that is around 3.5 to 4″ across, or just a little bigger than the rosette..

    Echeveria and many other succulents don’t have much in the way of tap roots, so they can be planted successfully into a shallow bowl shape of a planter. Other plants like Jovibarba heuffelii need more depth with their extensive tap root system.

    Whichever type of planter you use, make sure it’s got adequate drainage – ie; a drain hole.

    Old time gardeners had it right with their reliance on terracotta clay pots.

    Not only do they have a good sized drainage hole, but the clay sides are porous and allow air exchange – just what succulents like.

    In addition, there is much less risk of a large succulent plant toppling over if the pot is heavier clay or hypertufa.

    Also, the rough surface of this type of clay or concrete encourages the roots to split and grow more vigorously, unlike something smooth like a glazed pot, or plastic.

    There are lots of blog posts out there recommending the use of terrariums, tea cups and other types of hole-less containers, but cute as they are, these should only be used for short term display.

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