Gardening 101: How to use Succulents

These drought-tolerant, trendy plants give life to any indoor or outdoor space.


Succulents are everywhere – you can find them in window boxes, miniature arrangements, terrariums, and wreaths across the country. Succulents are a crowd pleaser for many reasons, particularly for their low maintenance and versatility. These hearty, drought-tolerant little plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and thrive indoors and outdoors. We’ve all seen succulents in basic arrangements, terrariums, and gardens. So what’s one of the coolest ways to use succulents? Succulent art of course! Our friends at Sunset magazine show you how to take your succulent arrangements up a notch with framed succulent wall art. It’s much easier than it sounds, and Sunset shows you exactly what to do. A great end-of-summer project!

1. Buy a pre-assembled frame.
2. Secure chicken wire to inside of frame.
3. Gather succulent cuttings. The more diverse the succulent varieties, the better!
4. Add soil. Use a moist cactus mix soil (soil should include pumice rock)
5. Plant succulents. Poke the stem ends through the mesh and into the soil. Leave the frame lying flat in a cool, bright location while plants take root, about 7 to 10 days after planting, then begin watering. Once plants are securely rooted―this takes between 4 and 12 weeks―display the frames upright in an area that gets morning or filtered sun. Water as soil approaches dryness, about every 7 to 10 days. To water, remove frame from the wall, lay flat, water lightly, and let soil drain before hanging up again.

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Check out this succulent how-to video from Sunset! Click here to watch.