It’s easy to plant a succulent container garden, but you do need to follow a few basic steps that will ensure that your succulents stay healthy! Succulent plants survive on very little water, and they need soil that drains well. A terracotta pot is an excellent choice for a succulent plant container because the material is porous and drains well. Ensure proper drainage by placing pebbles into the pot before you add soil, and another layer of small rocks once all the succulents are planted.

Materials:

  • terracotta pot
  • small rocks
  • potting soil
  • small succulent plants

Instructions

    1. Use a terracotta pot with a hole in the bottom to ensure proper drainage. Fill the bottom with some small rocks.Succulent Pot
      Succulent Rocks
    2. After you add pebbles to the bottom of the planter, fill the pot with soil, leaving several inches of space from the top.Succulent potting soil
    3. Next, it's time to plant! Remove the succulent plants from their containers and gently loosen the root ball, the mass of roots at the base of a plant. Inside a pot, root balls form tightly and to help a plant grow more well, you'll need to loosen this ball prior to planting.

      succulent add plants

    4. Space the plants according to its growth expectations. Use a few different types of plants to add interest to your mini garden.

      Succulent plant more

    5. Add a layer of rocks up to just beneath the leaves of the plants. This will also aid in drainage.

      Succulent Add Rocks

    6. Finally, after the planting is complete, water your plants thoroughly. To do this, you will need to water until you see the water drain through the bottom of the planter. It may be helpful for you to place the planter in the sink or outside while you do this. Once all the water has drained, you know you have properly watered your garden. You will not need to water again until you test to see if the container needs water. To do this, insert your finger into the top of the soil about one inch. If the soil is dry, water. If it feels moist, wait until it is dry to add water.

      Succulent Water In

Caroline Gravino is a PBS Parents resident crafter and has more creative project ideas on her website, Salsa Pie Productions. She also shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube channel.

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