This post contains affiliate links see my full disclaimer here. Ok, I admit it… I can’t – not garden! So I’ve been getting a little dirt on my hands and in my kitchen with a little indoor gardening, specifically Succulents. Succulents are great houseplants and they feed my need to garden in the winter. Which is why I thought you might be interested in learning How to Pot Up Succulents. Potting up succulents only takes a few common supplies and takes just a few minutes.
What are succulents?
Succulents are a genus of plant that’s leaves are usually thick and rubbery, succulents have adapted to grow in hot, dry climates and can survive long periods of time with very little water.
Hardy Succulent Gardens
I live in a pretty harsh climate, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is home to hot, almost desert-like summers and cold, snowy winters; it’s not the most forgiving region for the average gardener. Luckily, over the last few years my garden has started to maintain itself and in an effort to help it along, I’ve been planting more succulent gardens. Hardy succulents like hen and chick, stonecrop and ground cover sedums are great options for cold hardy succulent gardens.
Why are succulents so popular?
Succulents have been growing in popularity because of their easy-care nature, gorgeous colours and geometric shapes, all of which make them ideal for a contemporary style or urban garden. The endless options of pots for succulents makes it easy to create unique succulent container gardens to suit any decor.
Fun Fact: because succulents can go weeks without water they are really practical for mail order. I’ve ordered them online from Succuterra in Canada but I’ve even seen them on Amazon! If you or someone you love is crazy about succulents, see my Ultimate Gift Guide for Succulent Lovers!
If you are as succulent obsessed as I am, check out my Succulents and Cacti Pinterest board.
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What you’ll need to Pot Up Succulents:
-A succulent of your choosing, either store-bought, “acquired” or propagated from your yard. I’ve chosen an Echeveria variety because it’s slow growing and won’t need repotting for a while.
-Planting medium of 50/50 potting mix & perlite – Cactus Soil is great and can be found online or in garden centers
-A pot of your choosing that is just slightly bigger than your existing plant- without drain holes*
*The reason for not wanting drain holes is that we want to simulate a flood/drought cycle, so when we water our succulents we want the water to stay in the pot like we might see in a flood.
That being said, we never want our succulent roots to sit in mucky wet soil, so be sure to add a handful or two of perlite to the bottom of the pot, this will help ensure our succulent soil not rot or become anaerobic.
Ok, so the steps for potting up succulents is pretty straight-forward:
1-Toss a handful or two of perlite into the bottom of your pot
2-In a bucket, blend your 50/50 soil & perlite mix and fill your pot to 1 inch below the top of the pot
3-Carefully lift your succulent from the store-bought pot and loosen the root ball, if necessary
4-Create a hole in the center or your potting soil the size of your root ball
5-Gently but firmly place the root ball into the soil, ensuring that the plant is level and straight
6-Using gentle pressure, press the succulent into its new pot, ensuring that its roots are fully covered with soil and top the pot off with more perlite
7-Give you succulent a good watering and place it in a sunny spot. Do not water again until the soil has dried out completely, then water well and leave it alone
So, that’s it. Potting up and caring for succulents can be easy as long as you remember that these plants are hardy and independent.
Really, succulents and succulent gardens are crazy easy to care for!
Let me know what you think, do you grow a succulent garden? What are your favourite varieties?
If you liked this article and want to learn more about growing and crafting with succulents see my Mini-Pumpkin Succulent Planters and my Hanging Succulent Garden articles and of course check out my Ultimate Gift Guide for Succulent Lovers!
Thanks for hanging out!