Succulents make easy to care for houseplants, and they are perfect for creating an indoor mini garden. There are tons of different types of succulent plants, and they come in just about any shape or color. You can buy succulent plants at garden centers and big box stores, or you can use the ones you already have growing in your collection. Either way, it’s fun and easy to make your own DIY indoor succulent garden.
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- Decorative container with drainage holes
- Succulent plants
- Succulent potting soil (get it here)
- Decorative rock (optional)
How to Make an Indoor Succulent Garden
- Select A Container – You can choose any decorative container to use for your indoor succulent garden. Succulents are prone to being overwatered, so I recommend using a container that has drainage holes. Here I chose a terracotta pot for my indoor succulent garden. Terracotta pots absorb moisture and help the soil dry out quicker after watering, which is great for growing succulents.
- Select The Plants – You can use any type of succulent plant that you like for your indoor succulent garden. Be sure to choose plants of different shapes and colors to really add interest. I recommend having one tall plant (focal plant), a couple of shorter plants (filler plants), and at least one cascading plant. The number of plants you choose to grow in your succulent garden depends on what you like. You’re only limited by the size of your container. The plants I’ve chosen are (top left to bottom right) rat tail cactus, aeonium, aloe (the red one on the right), haworthia and echeveria.
- Add Potting Soil – Now that you’ve picked out the container and plants for your indoor succulent garden, it’s time to plant it. First fill the container about half full with succulent potting soil. You can buy commercial potting soil, or you can make your own succulent potting soil.
- Add The Focal Plant – The first plant you should add to your indoor succulent garden is the focal plant. Depending on how your mini garden will be displayed, you can put your focal plant in the center (if your indoor succulent garden will be viewed from all sides) , or you can put it in the back of the container (if your indoor succulent garden will only be seen from the front). Instead of centering your focal plant, planting it off to one side sometimes adds more interest.
- Add Filler Plants – After you figure out where you want your focal plant, add the filler plants around it. These will be the bulk of the container, and usually take up the most space.
- Add Cascading Plants – Last, add the cascading plants around the outside of your indoor succulent garden. The cascading plants should spill out over the top of the container, adding a whole new dimension and interest to the indoor succulent garden. You can add one or many cascading plants, depending on what you like.
- Fill Container With Potting Soil – Now that you have all of your succulent plants placed in your mini succulent garden, fill the spaces between the plants with succulent soil. Gently pack the potting soil in place as you work to fill the container with dirt. If you plan to add decorative rock to your indoor succulent garden, leave about a half an inch to one inch of space between the top of the soil and the top of the container. Water the container and allow the soil to settle. Fill in any gaps or holes that form with more potting soil as necessary.
- Add Decorative Rock (optional) – Once the potting soil has settled in the container, you can add decorative rock over the top of the dirt if you want. I like to add decorative rock to my indoor succulent gardens; not only does it look nice, it helps to keep the soil from washing out when I water.
Growing Your Indoor Garden
Once you’re done creating your indoor succulent garden, it’s important to know how to care for it. Here are a few tips for caring for your indoor succulent garden…
- Put your indoor succulent garden in a sunny window, succulents like to have lots of light. If the plants start to grow leggy, add a grow light.
- Allow the soil to dry out before watering your indoor succulent garden.
- Do not overwater succulent plants.
- Never let your indoor succulent garden to sit in water. Allow the excess water to drain from the plant, then dump the water from the tray the pot is sitting on.
- Fertilize your succulent garden with a natural, organic fertilizer. I use (and highly recommend) fish emulsion and an organic compost solution – they work better than chemical fertilizers and are much healthier for the environment.
Creating indoor succulent gardens is fun, and it’s a great way to display your succulent plant collection. Plus, indoor mini succulent gardens make great gifts.
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