Succulents have a lot of characteristics that tie them together, like storing water in their leaves or stem for a not-so rainy day.
While you can combine just about any succulents together, some will be much easier to maintain in the same arrangement than others.
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Below I'll mention a number of characteristics to look for when combining succulents. Many of these characteristics are outlined on our individual succulent pages and can also be quickly viewed with our Succulent Identification and Care cards.
You can also watch my video where I go over 3 different succulent arrangements and why they work:
While most succulents will do well with morning sun and bright shade in the afternoon, not all will do well in full shade or indoors. There are also succulents that prefer full sun all day.
If you were to combine succulents that have different light requirements, you may not have any problems initially, but over time you’ll start to see stretching from some or sunburn on others.
Most succulents are very drought tolerant but some succulents will survive much longer than others without water. Usually thicker leaved succulents need less frequent water while thinner leaved succulents need more frequent.
You can still combine succulents with different water needs, but you’ll likely find that you have to “spot water” or give those thinner leaved succulents a direct dose of water that doesn’t get to the thicker plants. This can be done with a syringe or the water bottle from my favorite succulent tool kit.
This won't effect their care requirements, or how they grow, it's definitely a fun part of arranging succulents. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with combining succulents, but using traditional color palettes in your arrangements will make them look really great.
I tend to plant succulents in analogous color schemes (colors next to each other on a color wheel)… such as blues, greens and purples. You can also do monochromatic combinations, such as all greens but some light, some dark and some in between!
Also keep in mind that the succulents aren't the only part of the color palette.
The pot you use plays a big part as well! You may have a red pot and pair it with green succulents to use that complementary color scheme. Or maybe your succulents are mostly blues and greens and you use a purple pot to tie it all together.
While these are all good guidelines for combining succulents, you really can combine just about anything that looks good to you.
It make take a little work to keep it looking it’s best, but it's absolutely doable!