There are just a few tricks to know when you plant succulents in a container. When grouped in a container they make a beautiful statement. In the dark and cold of winter, there’s nothing prettier than colorful succulents to dress up your home. There are oodles of succulents to choose from. You’re sure to find some that catch your eye.
You’ll want to start with a container that has drainage holes. Succulents store water in their leaves and require very little water. If the container of your choice doesn’t have any drainage holes, there are drill bits for metal, glass, ceramic, you name it. Once I have my drainage holes, I like to put a coffee filter over them. It keeps the soil from leaking out.
Use a well draining soil to fill your container. I use a mix specifically created for cactus and succulents. It drains better than an all purpose potting soil. Succulent roots absorb water quickly, and are most often killed through excessive watering.
Now that we’ve gotten through the most important points, I’ll move on to a couple of tips I use when I plant succulents. When I remove it from the nursery container, I shake or tap the soil off the roots. Nurseries tend to use a sandier mix than you’ll want to use. Succulent roots are delicate, so don’t get rough with them. After inserting the plant into the soil, I pack it firmly. If there isn’t a lot of room to get your fingers in, try using a small blunt end. I use a marker. The job is a messy one, so I also use a soft bristle brush to dust the soil flecks off the leaves.
I packed this container as much as I could with the succulents I had on hand. They are such a slow growing plant that it will be many months before I have to transplant any of them. Top dressing with small rocks helps the top-heavy succulents from toppling over. It also keeps the soil from running out when you water.
After planting, wait about a week before you water it. Any roots that got broken could fester a fungus. Place your container where it will get indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours. When we have several very dark and gloomy days, I move a floor lamp near my pots and leave it on for about 8 hours. It’s not the best source of light, but it does help.
And then just Enjoy!