How to Plant Succulent Plants


Succulents are like friendly cactus because they have no thorns. Hundreds of succulents exist, some with whimsical names such as "hen and chicks" and "pork and beans." You can plant these hardy plants indoors in containers or outside in an area with full sun and well-drained soil.

Planting Succulents

Step 1

Plant your succulent in a pot with a drainage hole if you plan to grow it indoors or use it to add interest to your outdoor landscaping. Fill the pot half full of a potting mix designed for cactus that has sand and nutrients in it. Then empty your plant from its nursery pot and place it in the decorative pot. Fill to within a half inch of the rim and pat the potting soil down firmly with your hand.

Step 2

Plant your succulent outdoors if you wish. Choose a sunny location where you know the soil does not promote standing water after a rain.

Step 3

Build a raised bed for your succulent because this will ensure good drainage. To build a raised bed, dig a shallow trench around the border of the planting area and dump the soil in the center. Then dig in about one shovelful of compost and one shovelful of sand for an area that measures 2 feet by 4 feet.

Step 4

Dig holes for your plants that are slightly larger than their nursery pots. Remove your succulents from their pots and gently loosen the root system to promote root growth and spreading. Then set your plants in the holes you dug and fill in with the soil/compost/sand mixture you dug out.

Step 5

Water your succulent once a week during its active growing season, but reduce the frequency when it is dormant in winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative pot with drainage hole
  • Cactus potting soil
  • Sunny location
  • Compost
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Well-drained soil
  • Raised beds


  • Apartment Gardening Homes: Growing Succulents
  • Cactus Gardening Tips: How to Grow Cactus and Succulents
  • The Succulent Plant Page: About Growing Cacti and Other Succulents

Who Can Help

  • Cactus and Succulent Society of America
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About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, and She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.