There is something very striking about the forms and colours of succulents, and they bring real elegance to a container. Using a trough or window box to grow these wonderful plants, rather than the more traditional round stone bowls, gives them a modern look.
Likewise, people ask, what container is best for succulents?
The best pots for succulents are made from terracotta or ceramic. Both of these materials are breathable, which encourages proper water drainage and air circulation. Just remember that both terracotta and ceramic are heavy, especially once you add soil and plants.
Considering this, how deep should a succulent planter be?
Containers and Soil
Succulents grow well in almost any container that is at least 4 inches deep and has holes in the bottom for drainage. Choose a pot about 1/2 inch larger than the base of the plant for upright succulents.
Do you put rocks in the bottom of a planter for succulents?
Succulents need good draining soil. … The container you are planting in should have a drainage hole or you can put a layer of crushed rock on the bottom of your container before you put in your planting medium. Gravel or small pebbles spread on top of the soil can be very decorative.
Avoid pots that are too tall or deep because of the amount of soil they contain. … You want enough room for the taproot to grow, but not so much room that the soil won’t dry out. Succulents and cacti generally prefer shallower containers, which dry out more quickly, resulting in healthier and happier plants.
The main purpose of placing pebbles on the bottom of the potted succulent plant is to enhance drainage. Succulents and cacti naturally grow in sandy soils that drain quickly. Succulent roots should never be left in wet soil. The rocks help move water through the soil to prevent the roots from rotting.
As a rule, succulent plants do not mind crowding whether the plants are grouped in one container or are alone and fully filled out in the container. Transplanting a plant that has filled its container will generally allow the plant to experience a new spurt of growth.
In fact, you can grow succulents just as easily in plastic pots as terracotta ones. … That might just keep a severely drought-stressed succulent alive a day or two longer. Of course, if you’re just a regular houseplant owner who pays attention to watering needs, you can use either one.
A: For years, experts told gardeners to put a layer of gravel, pebbles, sand or broken pieces of pot in the bottom of the pot before potting up houseplants or outdoor plants. The idea was to improve drainage. But research shows that this advice is wrong. Water doesn’t travel well from one medium to another.
Succulents need their roots to dry out quickly. They don’t like to sit in water for more than a day or two and will begin to rot if they stay wet for much longer. This is why I highly recommend using pots with a drainage hole when you are first starting out with succulents.
Succulents love direct sun, but if yours is sitting in the same exact spot day after day, it’s likely that only one side is getting enough light. … Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.)