How to Garden Succulents in Pots


Succulents are capable of living naturally in arid and semi-arid climates because they have adapted to store water in the leaves and stems. The waxy coating on the surface of these plants greatly reduces water loss to transpiration, and the spines help the plant accumulate moisture from condensation. The main challenge in growing succulents is excess moisture. Water indoor plants infrequently. Outdoors, the soil must drain well to avoid excess soil moisture.

Step 1

Mix equal parts of garden loam, leaf mold and coarse sand.

Step 2

Choose a pot large enough to hold the succulents and allow room for growth. Place a broken pottery shard or large pebble over the hole. Fill the pot almost full with the potting mixture.

Step 3

Make a well for each root ball. Pace the succulents in the hole. Fill with more potting mixture until the root crown of the plants is just covered.

Step 4

Water the plants to saturate the soil and settle it. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Step 5

Place the succulent garden in a warm sunny spot.

Step 6

Move the succulents to a cool place, approximately 50 degrees F, for one month every winter in areas with hot climates.

Step 7

Repot in the spring or fall as needed to accommodate the growing plants. Fertilize once a year with 1 tsp. of bone meal.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Coarse sand
  • Garden loam
  • Leaf mold
  • Pottery shard or large pebble
  • Bone meal


  • Saddleback College: Cactus and Succulents
  • University of Florida: Container Succulents
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Diane Watkins has been writing since 1984, with experience in newspaper, newsletter and web content. She writes two electronic newsletters and content around the web. Watkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Clemson University. She has taken graduate courses in biochemistry and education.