There’s something so quaint and cute about succulents. Succulents are one of the most unique, low maintenance and affordable plants that you could own. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They can thrive both inside or outside. There is no doubt succulents are loved by many but if you’re still not convinced, just take a look at the post on Mary Makes Good blog about, 7 Reasons To Love Succulents.
Now if you’re a succulent lover like the rest of us, you probably want to know the best way to care for them. Naturally, you’ll want to make sure your succulents get enough light and enough water, based on the season, but one of the most important factors when taking care of succulents is choosing the right type of container.
Choosing the Best Containers
Here are the 5 best containers you can choose when planting succulents.
Antique Lattice Basket – You can get the set which gives you three different sizes for you to plant your succulents. These bronze baskets are made out of Glazed Terra Cotta which is perfect for any beginner. These containers have drainage holes preventing your succulents from getting waterlogged.
If you’re looking for that rustic look to go with your bohemian inspired garden, try a planter with a faux wood exterior. Although this Barn Board Tapered Planter looks like wood, it is actually premium cast stone concrete. This pot also has a drainage hole.
The Celine Planter made out of concrete, but has a charming rustic texture and is perfect for smaller succulents. It’s a great planter for indoors as well as outdoors. The planter weighs about 16 pounds, heavy enough that it won’t tip over when the weather gets windy. It also has a drainage hole in the bottom.
Ecopot Round Planter & Saucer Med-In Grey has a sleek look and easy to plant indoor or outdoor. This planter is made out of plastic which can be a great advantage when it comes to moving your succulents around; with plastic, there’s less fear of cracks. Just be sure you drain appropriately. Remember, it’s more difficult for water to evaporate in plastic pots than pots made from other materials.
Last but not least, Garden Terrace Large Brights Crate – Assorted Glaze makes the cut for our best planter for smaller succulents. This assortment of planters are colorful and can be used indoors and outdoors. The material is frost resistant so it will do well out in the cold; however if water accumulates and freezes within the pot in the cold, it might cause the planter to crack. These planters are made of Terra Cotta.
All of the planters above are great options for succulents. So what do they have in common? If you guessed drainage holes, you are correct! No matter what planter you choose, make sure you choose a pot with good drainage to prevent waterlog. And if you find a container that doesn’t have a drainage hole, Succulents and Sunshine, reminds us, “You can add drainage to most containers with a diamond tip drill bit”.
Most Popular Succulents
So now that you have great tips to help you shop for the perfect containers, you might be asking yourself what types of succulents should I plant? Well, here are 3 of the most popular succulents that will help you get on your way.
Did you know the Aloe Vera plant is a succulent? It’s particularly handy to have in the kitchen or bathroom because of its healing capabilities. Other than it’s various purposes such as skin lotion, beverages, and ointment for minor burns, it is also a very decorative plant that grows successfully indoors as a potted plant. This plant would complement any concrete or grayish planters since it’s leaves are of a green/grayish color. If you want to know how to properly care for this plant Joy Us Garden has a great guide.
Another great succulent to start off with is probably one you see the most either in smaller planters or mixed in with several other succulents is the Jade plant. The Jade plant has a thick trunk with branches that slightly resembles a miniature tree. The leaves that grow from it are shiny and dark green. There are many different types of Jade plants which vary from large to miniature. It’s perhaps one of the easiest succulents to care for and they make great houseplants as well. Also, if you’re looking to mix them with other assortments of succulents, Walmart has a great arrangement that you can buy in a whole pack.
Our 3rd most popular succulent is the California native plant Dudleyas. Another name for Dudleya’s is “live forever” since they thrive on neglect. It’s best to leave these succulents alone especially in the dry summer months and let them recover naturally. They have blue, gray or greenish foliage most attractive choice for a garden bed or container. If you want to know more about this pointed leaves succulent, Gardenista has a Dudleya Field Guide.
No matter what you fancy, if you’re looking for really unique low maintenance plants that you can plant indoor or outdoor, succulents will be your best friend. Be good to them by carefully choosing the right type of home for them whether that be a Terra Cotta container or a concrete planter and they will be good to you. Happy planting!