How to Grow and Display Succulents

Care for succulents and display them with DIY containers

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No green thumb? No time? No worries. Succulents are the perfect plant for you. Succulents need very little water, are easy to grow anywhere and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Best of all, they're very easy to decorate with.

This guide will give you quick tips on caring for succulents collected by our Garden Club experts, and then dive right into all the unique ways you can create DIY planters to show off your plants!

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How to Plant Succulents

Succulents are the perfect plants for beginner gardeners or those without a green thumb. Succulents are known for tolerating a bit of neglect. This means to give them the right location, meet their sunlight and drainage requirements, and they will thrive.

  • When planting indoors: Use containers or dishes with drainage holes and fill 3/4-full with a potting mix for cactus and succulents. Combine arching, spreading and towering plants for a winning combo or mass in containers beneath tall plants.
  • When planting outdoors: Select a sunny location in the garden where soil drains well. Use as a groundcover to edge walks or tuck into walls where soil is thin and little else survives. Amend with sand or soil conditioner if needed. Remove plants from pots and place in shallow holes. Cover so that 1/4-inch of roots are out of soil.
  • Feed with a half strength solution of water-soluble fertilizer and water well.
  • Top with decorative rocks or mulch.

Succulent Care Tips & Tricks

In the garden, succulents are hardier than many other perennials. Indoors, find the right spot and be consistent with temps and humidity. The most important thing to remember when caring for succulents is to avoid overwatering, as succulents can rot if watered too heavily.

  • Give succulents as much light as possible. A window with direct sun is best.
  • Place anywhere in your home or office, except humid areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. The dry air of most houses suits succulents perfectly.
  • Just as they like dry air, succulents like dry soil. Water only when soil is dry (once a month or once every other month, depending on the temperature.)
  • Make sure pots have excellent drainage. Never leave in standing water.

Popular Succulent DIY Projects

Now that you know how to plant and care for succulents, get creative with it! Below are some of the most popular succulent projects on The Home Depot Garden Club site. Once you've tackled these projects, find more display ideas here.

vertical succulent planter

Take your love of succulents to new heights with this simple DIY planter. Just a few boards and some chicken wire is all you need to hang your garden high for all to see.

succulent wreath

This succulent wreath is really just a vertical planter in disguise. Put the whole project together in under two hours.

birdhouse succulent planter

Make a beautiful birdhouse planter filled with succulents and flowers. This project makes for a unique DIY gift or centerpiece in your own home.

succulent terrarium

Create a DIY terrarium home for colorful cacti and succulents in a thrift store fish tank. This bohemian chic terrarium takes less than an hour to put together and is the perfect way to create an indoor garden.