Succulents in hedgehog pot (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

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.

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Cactus pot idea (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Rattail cactus in elevated pot

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.

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Succulents in hedgehog pot (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Sempervivums in hedgehog pot

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.

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Pairing succulents with a teal pot (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

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

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8 Comments

  1. Connie Beck on April 20, 2021 at 9:35 am

    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.

  2. Mike Haddad on April 22, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Hi Debra,
    Does the hedgehog pot have drainage holes and if not, how do you deal with that?

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on April 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

      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!

      • Cathy Stierhoff on April 25, 2021 at 6:29 pm

        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!)

  3. jacquie on May 19, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    What you gonna do if you over water the succulent?

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on May 22, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      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.

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