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How to Plant a Succulent Bowl

Learn how to plant a succulent bowl with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you’re looking for low maintenance plants for your home, garden or back patio, succulents are a great choice. They require little water and care, and are easy to plant. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and types, so you can have a pot filled with an array of plants. Learn how to plant and create a beautiful succulent bowl with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Plant a Succulent Bowl
Succulents are low maintenance plants that make a beautiful addition to any patio. Learn how to plant a succulent bowl with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

What You’ll Need:

  • Succulents – Choose a variety of colors and leaf types to make your succulent bowl stand out.
  • Potting soil – You’ll need potting soil that drains easily. Succulents don’t like to have wet roots.
  • Gravel – You can add gravel to help with drainage and give the bowl a finished look.
  • Planter – Choose a planter or bowl with a drainage hole in the bottom. If the planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, you’ll need to drill small holes in the bottom.
  • Water & Light – Just like any other plant, succulents need water and light. Succulents should get between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight per day. However, they don’t need as much water as other plants.


How to Plant Your Succulents:

  1. Fill your planter or bowl with the potting mix. You can use a potting mix that is made specifically for succulents, or you can mix gravel into the potting soil. Either way, the soil needs to drain easily so the roots don’t stay wet.
  2. Choose a plant for your focal point. Most people use the biggest, most colorful plant as their focal point in their succulent bowl. Remove your plant of choice from its nursery container. To do this, turn the plant upside down, and gently pull the pot off of the plant. Once you have your focal point in the bowl, surround it with other smaller plants. Cluster similar shapes together to form a cohesive look. Succulents can be planted closely together.
  3. Give it the finishing touch. Once everything is planted, top off the bowl with gravel or aquarium stone for a finished look.
  4. Water and light. Water the succulents, making sure to stream the water onto the soil and not the foliage. Make sure your succulents have plenty of access to full sunlight.


That’s it! Creating a simple yet beautiful succulent container garden is easy and low maintenance. For more tips on container gardens, planting flowers and keeping your garden healthy, visit our Gardening blog.


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