Sunday, March 1, 2009

Potted Succulents

Succulents make terrific potted plants. Apart from their obvious water saving properties, there are several reasons why this is so. Most varieties become dormant in winter and often aren't very attractive or disappear completely. This is the case for Sedum ' Autumn Joy ' and its smaller form ' Mini-Joy'.

Sedum ' Autumn Joy '

Sedum ' Mini-Joy '

The beauty of planting succulents in pots is you can hide them away when they're at their worst and bring them out in their full glory when they have regenerated with lush new foliage.

Sanseviera trifasiciata

I have had great success growing this in pots on my front porch with very little direct sunlight. They only need watering every couple of weeks or so. They've been fairly slow growing in this position which suits the small pots that they're planted in.

Sanseviera ' Moonshine '

Echeveria ' Chocolate '

Another other good thing about succulents being potted is it allows you to experiment with the position they're in for optimum growth. I found that these Echeveria were getting too much sun and preferred a less harsh position so I moved them. The colour of the foliage can also vary according to how much sun they're receiving.

Kalanchoe thrysiflora ( White Form )

This one recently required re-potting as it had outgrown it's original pot and was becoming a bit unbalanced ( both physically and visually )

Succulents also have a handy habit of reproducing themselves, regularly having babies called 'pups ' . These are easily divided from the parent plant and re-planted meaning you can plant out new pots or large areas economically. I often give Aloe vera plants away as gifts to friends.


  1. Hi Claire! I love succulents and enjoyed reading your post. Never heard about "pups"! What would you do if a stem becomes too tall, like on the picture before the last? I have one very tall and it doesn't look attractive any more. Will it grow again ... if I cut its top?

  2. Tatyana, I probably wouldn't cut the top off and try an re-grow the plant from the base. You'd be better off waiting for a pup, or taking a cutting. On the first photo of the Kalanchoe there is a pup growing on it. Let me know if you try cutting the base if you have any luck.