The Essentials of Planting with Succulents in Containers and Pots


Learning the essentials of planting with succulents can be a great way for you to expand your green thumb.  Succulents are also known as water storage plants because of their ability to retain water.  These plants are well suited for arid environments such as deserts and they can survive with little to no water for weeks at a time.  The most famous succulents would have to be your Cactus and your Aloe plants.

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The word succulent is originally based off the Latin word for juice - sucus.  These intuitive plants have the unique ability to store excess water in their leaves, roots, or stems.  This makes them perfect for very dry climates.  Many succulents such as Aloe and certain cactuses have extra thick leaves designed to absorb and store extra water for later use.  This can be really helpful information to know if you ever find yourself wondering around the desert in need of something to drink.  

Succulents make great ornamental plants because of their beautiful designs and their ease of maintenance.  You can go days without watering these plants and they won't show signs of loss of water pressure.  If you are a traveler or someone who is short on time, this is going to be the best type of house plant for you to purchase.  

Popular Succulent Choices

There is no shortage of succulents to choose from and by doing a little research you are guaranteed to find the perfect addition to your home or garden.  Below are the most popular Succulents found on the marketplace today.

  • Echeveria
  • Sedum
  • Aenium
  • Agave
  • Dudleya
  • Aloe
  • Cotyldedon
  • Crassula
  • Sempervivum
  • Graptopetalum

Each of these succulents possesses their own unique style and growing pattern. Succulents such as the Sempervivum feature elegant star-shaped flowers that are sure to take your gardens décor to the next level.

Succulents Thrive on Neglect

Succulents are the perfect plant for anyone with a busy schedule.  They are resistant to cold weather dumps such as frost and they can handle a week of no watering.  This makes them the perfect household ornamental plant and a smart choice to teach children about growing.

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Succulents in Style - Plant Smart

Succulents should be planted in wide containers that allow them to drain off any excess moisture.  You don't want the container to be too deep or it will retain too much water and drown your succulent, making tabletop planters ideal for planting succulents.  Remember, these are plants that are accustomed to arid environments where rain is a rare commodity.  You should always use a liner when planting succulents.  This will give you more flexibility if you need to remove one.  Succulents can be used to accent any décor but they are most commonly incorporated into modern western designs.

The Essentials of Planting with Succulents in Containers and Pots - Final Thoughts

Few plants can give you the relaxing experience of a succulent.  You get all the beauty of a traditional plant with half the effort.  It's no wonder succulents are growing in popularity around the globe.  Start your succulent garden today and begin enjoying a more Zen-like gardening experience. And make sure as with all other containers to give proper winter care for your planters.

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  • Catherine Sibi