How to Build and Plant a Succulent Garden

Succulent Gardens are becoming more popular every day and for good reason! They are some of the easiest plants you can grow, indoors or out. Succulents come in more than 20,000 varieties, such as cacti, agave and aloe to name a few. They are also very easy to care for, requiring little water and almost no maintenance.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

A succulent is defined as any plant that stores water in it’s leaves, stems or roots to survive dry spells. You can see more Succulent Gardens on my Pinterest Board.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Let’s chat about how we created this cool Succulent Garden…

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Here are some more detailed instructions…

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

First you will need to cut the PVC Pipe into varying lengths using a hacksaw, I cut 1 – 14″, 2 – 12″ and 2 – 10″ in length. Cut the top edge at an angle for more visual interest.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Then sand the cut edges with sand paper, and give them a good coat of Primer. After the primer is dry, then apply the Rust-Oleum American Accents Stone Textured Finish. After the pipes have dried 24 hours apply a clear matte top coat to protest the finish from moisture.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Now it’s time to prepare the area you are going to plant them. Loosen the soil and remove the soil from an area large enough to accommodate the pipes to a depth of 4 inches.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Next lay some pea gravel in the hole about 2 inches thick.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

After the pipes have completely dried, set them into the pea gravel about 1 inch deep.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

And then cover the pea gravel with soil.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Add some pea gravel to each pipe for drainage. Put enough in each pipe to come to about 6 inches from the top.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Then fill with Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm and Citrus Soil. This soil has spagnum moss and vermiculite for exceptional drainage.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Then it’s time to plant the Succulents. You can see exactly how I planted them on the video, just be sure to water them in well to get the soil to settle in around the roots. And then finish by dressing the top of the soil with a layer of pea gravel.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Succulent plants come in a wide range of colors and textures. We found all of these at The Home Depot. You can get gardening and join other real life green thumbs and those that aspire to have a green thumb at The Home Depot Garden Club.

How to build and plant a Succulent Garden :: Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

We created this Indoor Succulent Garden for The Apron Blog. I love using unusual containers and Succulents are perfect plants to use because they don’t require a lot of soil.

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Pinterest Succulent Garden

More and more women are taking on do-it-yourself project these days. Join in on the fun with participants and The Home Depot associates the the DIH Workshops Inspired by Pinterest.

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Comments

  1. Charlotte { Char } Belange says:

    On the PVC pipe after you cut it did you put something on the bottom to hold everything in the tub?
    If not what could I use to plug the bottom so if I want / need to move them nothing falls out.

    Char B Yelm WA

    • Liz says:

      Hi Char, we did not put anything in the pipe except the dirt. If you are planting directing into the ground that’s fine. Succulent plants don’t have a long root base. You could fill the bottom with rocks or a piece of wood with rocks on top. The most important thing is good drainage. We brought our plants in for the winter but planted them in a different house friendly container.
      Hope that helps!
      ~Liz

  2. Gail H says:

    Can aloe vera withstand the cold temps during the winter months if I plant outside in far west Texas? Or any of the succulents you show?

    • Liz says:

      Hi Gail, I’m in Indiana, but I asked a Master Gardener in Texas, and this is her answer for you…” Aloe vera is best suited for pots in your climate. It is ideal for zones 10-11, but can survive in zone 9. Parts of West Texas are considered Zone 9a. Check this map for Zone hardiness: http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Maps.aspx Another site to check is Aggie Hort.: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu Just put your plant in the search box find out if it will survive in your zone. Overall, I think pots are your best bet for succulents in West Texas.”
      Hope that helps!
      ~Liz

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