Project Guide

Succulent Dish Garden Ideas

Choose Your Container

Since succulents dislike standing water, try to use a dish, saucer or other container with a drainage hole. If your pot doesn’t have one, drill one in it or put a layer of small rocks or pea gravel on the bottom. This will help drain water away from the roots.

Fill Your Container with Potting Soil

Fill your container with a potting soil made for cacti and succulents, or make your own by mixing 4 parts regular potting soil, 4 parts perlite, and one part coarse builder’s sand. Leave about an inch of room at the top for the small rocks in step 3.

Plant and Water the Succulents

Plant the succulents using your fingers or a small trowel and gently firm the soil around them. Cover the soil with a layer of pea gravel or small river rocks. This helps keep moisture away from the base of the plants, which might cause them to rot. Water lightly, and keep your dish garden near a sunny window. A southern exposure is fine.

Tips for Watering

Wait until the soil feels dry before you water again. If your dish garden is sitting in a saucer to catch any drainage, be sure to empty it. When your succulents are actively growing, feed them with a fertilizer made for cacti and succulents, following the product directions. If you use a potting soil that already has fertilizer in it, you won’t have to fertilize for about six months.

How to Care for Succulents in Winter

Succulents need a rest period of about 2 or 3 months each winter, so when the growing season ends, move them to a spot that stays around 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. While they’re resting, water no more than once a month, and don’t fertilize until you move them back into a warm place and they’re actively growing again.