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How to Create a Mini Succulent Garden

Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb…succulents are forgiving.

In case you haven’t heard, succulents are all the rage right now, so why not create a mini succulent garden? I know what you’re thinking…“I’m not good with plants,” or “I can’t even remember my Wi-Fi password, much less remember to water my plants!” But even if you are new to gardening or have a hectic lifestyle, a mini succulent garden is the perfect place to start. Why? Because succulents require minimum care and a mini garden doesn’t require much work to create. Many people find succulent gardens to be stress relievers. So how do you get started?

Luckily, it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive to start a mini succulent garden. You’ll need only three things - a pot, soil, and a few plants. For small succulents, the pots should be at least four inches deep and have a drainage hole so water can pass through. Succulents do not like wet roots. The soil is easy too. Any cactus mix potting soil will do. You can find it at nurseries or garden centers. Then, simply choose your favorite plants. Due to their popularity, you should be able to find them everywhere from garden stores to home improvement stores to grocery stores.

Have fun choosing your plants! There are so many varieties, you may have a hard time deciding. Succulents come in all kinds of shapes and colors - pointy, round, flowering, striped, spotted, pink, blue, gray, green. Don’t be intimidated. The best way to learn what works and what doesn’t is to experiment. Some fun ones to start with include burro’s tail, baby toes, spiral aloe, crown of thorns, zebra plant, and hen and chicks. Vary plant colors and textures to create visual interest. Follow a geometric design or create an enchanting fairy garden. 


  1. Fill the pot halfway with the soil.
  2. Play with the arrangement before planting.
  3. Place the plants, fill in around them with soil, and pack snugly.
  4. Water thoroughly twice a month.
  5. Decorate the top with rocks, colored glass, moss, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Care Tips

●       Start with the right type of soil

●       Give the succulents at least half a day of sun

●       Water them thoroughly twice a month

●       Protect succulents from extreme temperatures

●       To keep plants small, keep them in a small pot in a dry and cool environment

●       Water them less frequently and give them less sun to slow their growth

●       Don't be afraid to prune

●       If they outgrow the small garden, simply remove and repot them

●       Have fun - it’s all an experiment!