The Ultimate Guide to Planting Succulents in Glass - Greenery Made Easy 🌵

Planting succulents in glass containers can be a beautiful and unique way to display these stunning plants. Whether you're using a glass bowl, terrarium, or any other glass container, there are a few important steps to follow to ensure your succulents thrive in this environment.

1. Choose the right succulents: Not all succulents are well-suited for growing in glass containers. Look for varieties that are compact and slow-growing, as they will be more likely to thrive in the limited space. Some great options include Echeveria, Haworthia, and Sedum varieties.

Best Succulents for Glass Containers

Succulent VarietyGrowth SpeedSizeIdeal for Glass Containers 🌵
EcheveriaSlowCompactYes ✅
HaworthiaSlowCompactYes ✅
SedumSlowCompactYes ✅
Aloe VeraFastLargeNo ❌
AgaveFastLargeNo ❌
CactiVariableVariableDepends on species 🤔

2. Prepare the container: Before planting, make sure your glass container has proper drainage. Succulents are prone to root rot if they sit in waterlogged soil. Drill or create small holes in the bottom of the container to allow excess water to escape. If your container doesn't have drainage holes, you can create a layer of rocks or pebbles at the bottom to help with drainage.

3. Choose the right soil: Succulents need well-draining soil to prevent root rot. Use a specialized succulent or cactus mix, or create your own by combining regular potting soil with perlite or coarse sand. This will ensure that water drains quickly and the roots have access to air.

Choosing the Right Soil for Your Succulents

Soil TypeComponentsBenefitsDrawbacks
Succulent/Cactus MixPre-mixed soil specifically designed for succulents and cactiWell-draining, provides necessary nutrients, readily availableCan be expensive, quality varies by brand
DIY MixRegular potting soil combined with perlite or coarse sandCost-effective, customizable to specific needsRequires time and effort to mix, may not be as nutrient-rich
Regular Potting SoilGeneric soil mixEasily accessible, often contains slow-release fertilizersDoes not drain well, may lead to root rot if used alone
Coir-based SoilCoconut coir, perlite, and sandSustainable, retains moisture while draining wellMay require additional nutrients, can be hard to find

4. Planting the succulents: Start by filling the container with a layer of succulent soil, leaving enough space for the roots of your succulents. Gently remove the succulents from their nursery pots, being careful not to damage the roots. Place them in the container, making sure they are positioned securely. Add more soil around the plants, gently pressing it down to provide stability.

5. Watering: Succulents in glass containers require less water compared to those planted in traditional pots. Overwatering is a common mistake that can lead to root rot. Water your succulents sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Use a spray bottle or a small watering can with a narrow spout to target the soil directly, avoiding the leaves.

Succulent Watering Guide

Container TypeWatering FrequencyWatering MethodCommon Mistakes
Glass ContainersOnce every 2-3 weeksSpray bottle targeting soilOverwatering leading to root rot 👎
Traditional PotsOnce a weekSmall watering can with narrow spoutWatering leaves instead of soil 👎

6. Light and temperature: Succulents thrive in bright, indirect light. Place your glass container in a location where it receives plenty of sunlight, but avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause the glass to heat up and potentially harm the plants. Succulents also prefer temperatures between 60°F and 80°F (15°C and 27°C), so make sure to keep them away from extreme heat or cold.

7. Maintenance: Regularly check your succulents for signs of overgrowth or pests. If the plants become too crowded, you may need to remove some or transplant them to larger containers. Additionally, keep an eye out for common succulent pests such as mealybugs or spider mites. If you notice any signs of infestation, treat the affected plants immediately.

By following these steps, you can create a stunning succulent display in your glass container. Remember to choose the right succulents, provide proper drainage, use well-draining soil, water sparingly, and provide adequate light and temperature conditions. With a little care and attention, your succulents will thrive and bring beauty to your space.

Meredith Hyatt
Hiking, reading, experimenting with soil mixes

Meredith Hyatt is a passionate succulent grower with over a decade's experience in nurturing and propagating these resilient plants. She takes pleasure in experimenting with varying soil compositions and breeding new plants from cuttings. When she's not immersed in her succulent garden, Meredith takes to the trails for some hiking or unwinds with a good book.