Choosing the Right Pot for your Succulents

Selecting a pot or planter for succulents is often overlooked but it’s an important part of keeping your succulents happy and creating a beautiful arrangement!

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When it comes to succulents, the only thing I enjoy more than buying succulents is buying pottery. I’m especially addicted to blue pots. My goal is to one day have two giant teal blue pots on my front porch filled with bright orange succulents. Sounds great right?

While I love buying pottery and planters for my succulents, it can be a challenging task to find just the perfect one. There are several things to consider when choosing a pot that many people don’t think of and it can make all the difference in helping your succulents thrive.

Learn what to look for when choosing a pot for your succulents!


First, I feel like a broken record, but… choose a pot with a drainage hole! If you come away from this post learning nothing else, remember to get a pot with a drainage hole. Seriously, this will make your life so much easier and takes a lot of guesswork out of watering succulents.

This post is so helpful! Be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole for succulents!

You can add drainage to most containers with a diamond tip drill bit. Here’s a tutorial that shows how this is done (demo starts 2 min and 15 seconds in).

I love using Susan Aach’s pottery (like this one above) because she always puts in large drainage holes. I use mesh tape to cover the holes to keep the soil from falling out. You can also use mesh screens. The water still flows through easily.

As you become more comfortable with watering your succulents in a pot with a drainage hole, you can branch out and try some without drainage. But, if you’re just starting out… a drainage hole will make a huge difference.

Learn another crucial part of choosing a pot for you succulents by clicking next!


23 Responses to Choosing the Right Pot for your Succulents

  1. I have a (currently) non functioning wall fountain basin that I was considering using as a planter for succulents.
    Challenges: 1)Cement, with no drainage–and will someday function as a fountain again. 2) Shallow depth 4″ at deepest point. I have never planted succulents before. Shall I give upbon the idea?

  2. If you have been reading this article, you’d know that drainage is essential to keeping succulents healthy over a long period of time. Plus, 4″ is very shallow.

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