Ever wonder how to plant succulents in glass containers? Have no fear, you have come to the right place! We will be discussing that exact question in this post.
Now, I know exactly what you are thinking “Aren’t we breaking one of the cardinal rules of taking care of succulents? I mean, JoJo, in your other posts, you made sure to mention on several occasions to never plant a succulent in a pot or container that doesn’t have proper drainage! So what’s this you’re talking about?!”…Ok, that is true, but rules are made (at times) to be broken, right?
Let me explain, as I have mentioned in previous articles, you should always try to plant succulents in containers that have a drainage hole – not only are they a lot easier to care for, but reliable as well, however, with a little extra preparation, as well as sticking to a meticulous watering schedule, maintaining your succulents in an enclosed container can be done. So today we are going to show you how- Let’s begin!
To start with, here a few things that you will need.
- 2 glass containers (one should be small enough to fit inside the other).
- Your choice of potting soil
- Charcoal Soil Conditioner
- Syringe or Spray Bottle
- Garden hygrometer
- Your favorite succulent plants
A glass container. To begin with, we need something to put the plant in and I personally think succulents enclosed in glass are beautiful. If you plan on filling the container with colored sand, pebbles or other things, you will need an additional smaller glass container to serve as a liner, one that is just big enough to put your succulent in will work great. Remember, no one will actually see the smaller container since it will just be used as a liner, so feel free to use something as simple as the bottom portion of a plastic bottle, if you so desire. A liner just makes it a little bit easier especially when working with sand, you can do without an inner liner as well.
Your choice of potting soil. My personal preference is Hoffman’s Organic Succulent Mix, but any potting soil that provides adequate drainage and allows the plants to breathe will work just fine.
Charcoal Soil Conditioner is the next thing on the list. We will be mixing this with our potting soil as it helps to absorb some of the water and it also helps to absorb some of the impurities in the soil. This will help to minimize mold build up. My personal favorite is Hoffman’s Charcoal Soil Conditioner.
Syringe. Next up, you will need a watering tool such as a syringe or something that will allow you to get the water down into the dirt. This is very important because you do not want the water to stay on or be on the leaves after watering.
Garden hygrometer. The tricky part about planting succulents in glass containers is getting the watering correct. Not enough water and they will die, too much and they will rot. When working with containers without holes many tend to over water. This can lead to diseases and mold building up inside the container. One essential gardening tool that will help you get the watering just right is a garden hygrometer. Simply stick it into the soil and it will tell you exactly how moist it is or how dry it is. Generally they come with instructions that tell you where you want the gauge to be when working with succulents. This is an essential tool when planting succulents in glass container to help you to avoid the ever-dreaded ‘over watering.’
Lastly, of course you will need your favorite selection of succulent plants.
How to plant succulents in glass containers.
- Begin by putting some charcoal soil conditioner in the bottom of your smaller glass container or plastic liner. It really doesn’t take a lot, so a few tablespoons should do the trick. (I also want to mention that some people like to put down a layer of pebbles then a layer of charcoal. They do this in case of over watering the water will drain to bottom and leave the roots dry. I tend to skip this step and try to get the watering correct the first time, but if you want to, you can do this step as well.)
- Next, pour in your potting soil. Keep in mind that you do not want to pack down the soil.
- Place the smaller glass container into the larger one and begin to fill up the larger glass container with pebbles, rocks, sand or any other special details you would like to add to it.
- Once it is full, use your garden hygrometer to test how moist the soil is. If the soil is dry you can use your syringe tool to add a few drops of water. Remember, when dealing with glass containers it is better to begin with a little water at first, adding more as it becomes necessary.
Watering Tip: Watering is critical when working with glass containers. You do not what to soak the soil and allow to completely dry as you would with a container that had proper drainage. It is important that every time you water your plants to use your garden hygrometer to check the soil and then add a little water at a time.
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So there you have it! Yes, planting succulents in glass containers can be done.
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