How to Plant Succulents in Pots


Succulents, such as Aloe Vera, Agave and Dudleya, are favored as houseplants because they require little care. Many succulents will thrive in a sunny window with a southern exposure and will multiply in the pot as they grow. When choosing growing pots for succulent plants, look for pots that are only slightly larger than the plant itself. A pot that is too large can retain more moisture than needed and lead to root rot of the plant.

Step 1

Select a planting container appropriate to the size of the succulent and fill the bottom with an inch of pea gravel.

Step 2

Fill the container half full of cactus potting soil. If cactus soil isn't available, mix together 2 parts sand, 1 part potting soil and 1 part peat to use as potting soil for the succulent.

Step 3

Place the root ball in the container on top of the soil mixture.

Step 4

Add enough additional soil to completely cover the root ball and cause the soil level to become even with the crown, or base, of the succulent plant.

Step 5

Allow the soil around the succulent to dry to a depth of 1 1/2 inches before watering the plant. A good way to determine how deep the soil is dry is to insert a pencil (or chopstick) into the soil and determine the moisture depth from the wetness on the pencil.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container
  • Pea gravel
  • Cactus potting soil (optional)
  • Potting soil, sand and peat


  • Saddleback College: Cactus and Succulents
  • University of Arizona: Growing Succulent Plants
  • Washington State University: Growing and Caring for Succulents
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