You've seen them in the coolest shops, on your favorite influencer's Instagram and in well-designed coffee table books. Succulents, usually clustered in a wide, shallow planter. They're natural, masculine and bring a touch of the outside into an interior environment. And honestly, they just look cool. Which is why we're advocating making one for yourself. It's an easy do-it-yourself project. What's more, succulents hold the mantle as the easiest workhorses of the plant world. The ones that you could purposefully neglect and still survive.
All you need is a few of the waxy cactus-like plants, some soil formulated to help promote drainage and a handsome vessel to house it all. You don't even have to trek to a garden center to get the necessary supplies. Just hit up Amazon. Honestly, the e-commerce behemoth now boasts a robust live plant section. Shop it as you would any other Amazon department—browse by category, sort by price and even click that handy blue "Prime" moniker for quick and free shipping. So order away, toss it all together in about 30 minutes and set it on your coffee table. Then sit back and relax, marveling at your mastery of nature and interior design.
What You'll Need
(Enough to fill your pot)
Pack of five,
$15.99 by Shop Succulents
Cactus Soil Mix
(Make your own by mixing potting soil with gravel)
Organic soil mix,
$12 / $10.77 by Hoffman
(You want some drainage at the bottom)
(Stones or gravel)
Polished river rock stones,
$9.99 by Katzco
Choose Your Planter
When choosing a container for your succulents, make sure to choose one that isn't too deep. These plants have a shallow root system and prefer shallow pots. Plus, the low profile planters just look cool.
Terra sandstone planter,
$59 / $41 by West Elm
Reclaimed wood planter box,
$18.90 by ModernVase
Glazed terracotta planter,
$16.95 by CB2
Unglazed ceramic planter,
$26 / $22.50 by MyGift
If you'd like to ensure proper drainage, you can add some of your top dressing gravel to the bottom of your planter. Then, fill the planter three-quarters full with the soil mix.
Remove the plants from their nursery containers, shake off any excess soil and plant the largest one on one side of your planter.
Surround the first succulent with your other plants, clustering similar shapes together.
If there are any holes or empty spaces, you can fill them in with your excess soil mix.
Finish by sprinkling the top surface around the plants with your top dressing gravel. Then press down on the rocks to help the succulents stay in place.
Give your planter a healthy watering to help settle the soil and ensure the plants are nourished. Then let it completely dry out before watering again.
A cactus is a succulent, but not all succulents are cacti. What makes a cactus a cactus: Its thorns, which are basically its version of leaves.