How to Hang Succulent Plants


Succulents include cacti and nearly any plants that store water in their leaves and stems as a survival strategy. Most of these have fleshy leaves in hues of green, blue-green and purple. Most succulents thrive in dry, arid conditions like the dryness of a hanging basket. Succulents need just minimal of care-- they need a little water and a sunny growing area.

Step 1

Soak sphagnum moss in a large tub of warm water for 30 minutes. Drain the sphagnum moss by squeezing the water out by the hand full.

Step 2

Press the sphagnum moss into the inside of a wire basket form to create a layer that will hold soil.

Step 3

Mix equal parts of potting soil and coarse sand together. This creates a fertile, well-draining soil that the succulent needs to grow successfully.

Step 4

Fill the wire basket with your soil mixture up to 1 inch from the rim. Plant 3 to 4 trailing types of succulents equal distance around the edge of the basket.

Step 5

Attach a metal hook to a strong, secure surface in the growing area outside. A crossbeam on a porch will provide enough support to hold the hanging basket's weight. Hang the basket from the mounted hook.

Tips and Warnings

  • Water hanging succulents once a week or less, depending on the weather conditions. Too much water can kill succulents. Make sure that any container used to hang succulents has good drainage so it does not hold the water next to the roots causing rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Large tub
  • Warm water
  • Wire basket form
  • Potting soil
  • Coarse sand
  • Succulents
  • Metal hook


  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Hanging Baskets PDF
  • Colorado Plant Talk: Succulents
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Cacti and Succulents
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.