How to Plant Succulents in Glass Containers?

How to Plant Succulents in Glass Containers
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How to Plant Succulents in Glass Containers

How to plant succulents in glass containers?

Oftentimes when you buy succulents, they come with a nursery pot. The pot is made of plastic. But if you want to transfer your little succulents in a much bigger space and to collect more of them, then you should opt for a bed soil that is just enough for your plants.

When transferring any kind of plant to a new container, it is a general rule to use a pot that has a drainage hole to prevent your plant from drowning. So the question is, how transfer or plant succulents in glass containers?

Well, it won’t be too hard since succulents are naturally dependent which means it doesn’t require high water maintenance. Although you should be mindful of the soil that you will use when you transfer your succulent to a glass container; choose a high-end potting soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) that could take care of your succulent without too much water needed. You can use glass bowls and jars that are fit for plants and have drainage holes in them.

In this post, we will share with you the tips on how to plant succulents in glass containers. So let’s dive in:

FIRST STEP: Make sure you have the complete materials ready

Of course, you have to collect your materials beforehand so there would be no distractions and you can work continuously. Imagine that you are a warrior getting ready for a battle!

  • Succulent/s of your choice
  • Glass pot, bowl or jar (with or without drainage holes)
  • Potting soil of your choice
  • Gardening trowel
  • Mesh tape
  • Water
  • Moss
  • Pebbles or any decorative materials
  • Fertilizer

SECOND STEP: Remove your succulent from its nursery pot

There have been claims that the soil from nursery pots retain too much water, which is unhealthy for the plants So it is best to remove the nursery soil completely when you transfer it to a new container. Gently remove the dead leaves, as well, to make your succulent look healthier and prevent any further damage. Remember to handle your succulent very gently and with care.

THIRD STEP: Apply mesh tape on the drainage hole of your glass pot/bowl

This step is only applicable if your glass container has a drainage hole. The mesh tape is used to prevent soil from falling down and keep the water running to prevent drowning of your succulent.

FOURTH STEP: Fill your glass container of choice with soil

Fill your pot with the soil of your choice; it may be a regular soil if you are using a glass container with drainage hole underneath, or a high-quality soil if you are using a glass container without any holes to let the water out. High-quality soils keep your succulent healthy without much need for water, as well.

There are also two more options for the potting soil that you could use; an organic potting soil and a homemade one. Organic soils aren’t hard to find since you can go to the nearest botanical store/garden and buy one. Some succulent enthusiasts claim that organic potting soils are much healthier and usually suits best on succulents. A homemade potting soil, however, isn’t hard to make either. You can use half of the regular potting soil, a quarter of perlite and another quarter of sand.

To see if the potting soil suits your succulents best, you can plant different succulents in different kinds of soil. Wait a few days or week/s for the result (the succulent’s growth and hydration) and pick which potting soil suits you best.

Keep in mind, when you fill your container with the soil of your choice, make sure to fill it only halfway first so you could have enough space to put on your succulent/s and add more soil or decorative rocks later on.

FIFTH STEP: Put your succulent in place

It is all up to you on whatever style you would like to do in planting your succulent. If you are transferring a single succulent, you can place it in the middle, at the sides or anywhere around the container that you feel it would look nice and comfortable.

However, if you are transferring more than two, you can experiment and style them whatever you want! You can compile them in a single place or corner or spread them out to your liking. You could also use different types (in terms of structure and height) of succulents to freely experiment in assembling them around your container.

Still, make sure that your succulents have enough space to breathe and grow on as it will definitely have “babies” anytime soon. Don’t forget to remove dead leaves before putting your succulent in place.

SIXTH STEP: Add another layer of soil and/or decorative materials

Once you’ve put your succulent/s in place, you can now add another layer of potting soil and fill it to the top (or however you want it to be) then add a top dressing. There are two things that you should keep in mind when you’re finally in this step.

  1. Lightly bury the roots to the soil. Give it just enough bearing so it won’t be lopsided or get bent.
  2. Make sure to keep the leaves of your succulent on top of the soil and none of it to get buried. Doing so will prevent the rotting of your succulent.

After filling your container with potting soil, you can now add small rocks, pebbles, black or white sands, and other decorative materials of your choice. You can also design your glass container by pasting colorful and/or glittery papers. You can also let your imagination take over and paint and draw over the container. But, if you are aiming for a minimalist design, you can leave your glass container as it already is.

Reminder for watering your succulent after transferring

One of the main causes of succulent deaths is over-watering. Water your succulents once or twice a week since these plants have a thick fleshy leaf that naturally has water stored inside of it.

Once you’ve planted your succulent, wait for a day or two before you water it in its new container to help the roots adjust in its new abode, then check if its heavy or light after another few days. If it is heavy, it means that it has enough water. In contrast, if your pot feels light, then it is definitely in need of watering.

Reminder for planting a group of succulents in a single container

When planting two or more succulents in a single container, you should remove a few roots as possible from each plant to prevent over-crowding.

Reminder for knowing your succulents and caring for them

There are various types and kinds of succulents and each has its own preferences and different ways to take care of them. There are plants that need constant watering and there are kinds of plants that are naturally independent or could go on days without water. Awareness of the different kinds of succulents can also help you in determining the needs of your plants.

Reminder for taking care of your succulent

Experts suggest that you should fertilize your succulents at least once a year. You should base your fertilizer on the kind of succulent that you currently have. Also, keep in mind to prevent drowning your succulent. Once you notice some of the leaves rottings, gently remove them and give it just enough sunlight to recover.

Reminder for giving your succulent enough sun

Like any other plant, succulents need sunlight, too. If you’re going to put your plant inside, make sure that it gets enough sunlight. Place it near a window or a safe place where it could receive the sunlight.

Final Thought

Succulents aren’t that hard to take care of, as long as you’re responsible for watering and looking out for them, even if they don’t need too much attention and care.

Be sure that it gets just enough water and sunlight, and fertilize them at least once a year.

Regarding its container, make sure that you use the right size for your succulent. It may grow and gain new parts.

Don’t overcrowd your succulent with decorative stones and pebbles or other design of your choice. Give your succulent space to breathe and grow on.

You can use succulents as a gift or souvenir. Place it in a recycled glass jar, or if you have the budget, then use a Mason jar. It’s cheap but elegant and healthy at the same time! Know your succulents; meaning you should be aware of what kind of succulent you are taking care of. There are hundreds of kinds of succulents and each has its own characteristics, texture, and needs.

To learn more about succulents, feel free to visit my succulent growing guide.


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