How to Create a Succulent Garden

Succulents are trending right now. Small succulents in your home can be used to help brighten up a space, or different types of succulents can help add decorative texture to your home. Succulents are easy to grow and can also be propagated easily. See below for instructions and tips on how to create a succulent garden in your home.

Items You'll Need: 

  • Planter
  • Soil 
  • Pebbles
  • Succulents


  1. Start by choosing your succulents. There are a number to choose from and you can find them at most nurseries. Succulents come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Some have flowers (such as Christmas cactus) on them and some can have small thorns (such as pincushion). Talk to a professional like those at Penngrove Nursery if you need help choosing a succulent. 
  2. Once you have your succulents picked out, take your planter and fill the bottom with about 1/2 inch of pebbles. The pebbles are important to keep the roots of the succulents out of the water. Be sure to use planters that have drainage holes.
  3. Fill the rest of the planter (about an inch of two below the top) with potting soil, making sure the soil is loose enough that water can get through.
  4. Then dig a small hole to put the succulent into, and put your succulent in the soil. Level out the soil and add water.
  5. Set your planted succulent in a window that gets plenty of light. Succulents like warm, humid conditions, so make sure your plant stays warm. If your plant isn't doing well in one window of your home, move it to a new window to see how it does.
  6. Water your plant every day or every other day, allowing the plant to dry out in between watering.

Propagating Your Succulents

To propagate your succulents, take off the leaves of your succulents. Make sure to get the full leaf without any tearing or ripping. Allow the leaves to dry out for a day or more (skipping this step can kill your leaves you are trying to propagate, as the excess moisture can rot your leaves and ruin them), and then lay the leaves in succulent soil. Water the ends of the leaves using a spray bottle, so as to not soak the soil. Allow them to dry out in between watering. Then watch the leaves sprout new life. 

Creating a succulent garden in your home is simple to do, watering the plants and keeping a watchful eye will help allow them to grow and flourish.