Potted Succulent Tips and Hacks
I'm honored and delighted that the current issue of Garden Gate magazine shows ten of my tips and hacks for potted succulents. However...
The magazine didn't have room for all the ideas I sent. So, for your enjoyment and edification, here are...
Additional tips and hacks for potted succulents
Design: Debra Lee Baldwin
Video: How to Plant a Gift Basket with Echeverias (3:29)
Succulents: Mountain Crest Gardens
Basket: 12-inch wicker with handles from Amazon
Tip: For a lovely floral gift, give echeverias. Bouquets of blooms quickly fade, but a basket of echeveria rosettes looks lovely months later. Plus they look like blue roses!
Leave the succulents in their nursery pots, or plant them into the basket. Before adding potting soil, line it with heavy mil plastic that you've poked with a few holes for drainage.
Design: Diana Clark, Metamorphosis Design
Learn more: Got a Pot? Elevate It!
Succulent: Disocactus (Aporocactus) flagelliformis (rat-tail cactus)
Tip: Give a container importance by elevating it. Atop a pedestal, a potted succulent suggests a work of art. Find simple, inexpensive pedestals online, use metal candle holders from second-hand shops, or check garden centers for larger stands.
Design: The Succulent Café, 505 Oak Ave, Carlsbad, CA
Succulents: Mountain Crest Gardens
Tip: Give your patio or garden personality with animal pots. Succulents that suggest a tail or fur are perfect to pair with a cute animal container. Here, pointy-leaved sempervivums lend texture and whimsy to a palm-sized hedgehog.
Related Info on This Site
Succulent Container Design
Succulent Container Design Design ideas and must-dos for beautiful, easy-care potted succulents Here you’ll find info on succulent container design in articles and videos. Scroll down to see what interests you and best meets your needs. Click to see my gallery of 150+ floral-style arrangements! Succulent Container Gardens, How-To Welcome to the most comprehensive info…
150 Ideas for Pots of Rosette Succulents
Enjoy and find inspiration in my idea gallery of 150+ floral-style, potted arrangements featuring rosette succulents. Each is a living bouquet!
Pick the Perfect Succulent for Your Pot
If you have a special pot that needs pairing with the perfect succulent, take the pot with you to the nursery or have it nearby when you’re shopping online. Plant-pot pairings are a lot like picking throw pillows for your sofa or a
I would love to see you post photos and ideas for those of us who are drowning in pots of succulents and have failed to find a wonderful way to display them. I have about 80 pots (from 4″ to 2 gallon) on long boards on concrete blocks next to the wall of my house. I would love to find a prettier way to show them off.
Hi Connie — You bet. See my video “How to Group and Display Potted Succulents” the article on my site of the same name https://debraleebaldwin.com/containers/how-to-group-potted-succulents/ and my book “Succulent Container Gardens.”
Does the hedgehog pot have drainage holes and if not, how do you deal with that?
Hi Mike — I didn’t make that particular composition and neglected to look underneath, but I do have info on planting succulents in nondraining containers. It’s actually pretty easy to deal with, so long as you understand a couple of important concepts. Go to my page How to Water Succulents, and scroll down to How to Water Succulents in Nondraining Containers. Thanks for asking!
My husband uses a “diamond” drill bit and has drilled holes in all kinds of pots for me. (I am sure it does not require testosterone. Anyone could do it, but he actually enjoys it!)
Good man! I made a video showing how a few years ago: How to Drill Holes in Ceramic Containers (3:10). You’re right, anyone can do it! Thanks, Cathy, great hack!
What you gonna do if you over water the succulent?
If there’s standing water, tip the container and let it run out. If the soil is sodden, let it dry completely before watering again.