How To Make A Indoor Succulent Dish Garden

By on March 21, 2013

If you think that you don’t have a green thumb, then this project might just be for you! I made an indoor succulent dish garden over the weekend and so can you. It’s such an easy, quick project and succulents require very little maintenance (they are nearly indestructible and don’t require frequent watering like most indoor house plants ).

Materials Needed For A Succulent Dish Garden


fall scents for your home

* a variety of succulents in different shapes and colors

* a container that’s at least 3 inches deep. I thought I’d use a red transferware soup tureen that I got a long time ago from Goodwill

* cactus soil – they need a fast draining soil as they don’t like their roots sitting in water

* pea gravel/river rock for drainage

Steps To Make a Succulent Dish Garden

1. cover the bottom of your container with the pea gravel

2. add the cactus soil and moisten – don’t drench the soil just moisten


3. arrange your succulents in your container. I put the taller ones in the back and the shorter ones in the front. I separated a container of taller ones and had one lone succulent left that I planted in this milkglass container.

4. pat the  soil around your succulents. You can cover the soil surface with a layer of the pea gravel or decorative marbles if you like for a finished look.

5. I’ve found that if you allow the soil to go dry in between watering you will have longer lasting plants. I had a few die on me last year because I over watered.


I had one big succulent leftover and thought I’d try it in a teacup. Isn’t it cute! I’ll transplant it into a larger container and put it in my screened porch this summer.

Once you find out for  yourself how simple it is to make a indoor container garden using succulents, you’ll be hooked!


Originally posted on A Cultivated Nest.

About Manuela

Manuela is a cottage loving, country girl-at-heart living in a 1960's Split Foyer in a suburb of Atlanta. She's a big believer in thrifting, buying on clearance, trash picking and re-purposing. She loves to make something out of nothing and is all about using creativity and not her wallet in order to cultivate beauty in her home and garden. You'll usually find her outside in her garden or inside fluffing her nest.Cultivating what she has and trying to live with a grateful heart. She blogs at

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How To Make A Indoor Succulent Dish Garden