Succulents don’t need to be watered often, they grow relatively slowly, and they put up with being manipulated into all kinds of growing conditions. This means that indoor succulent planter ideas are just about endless.
Whether you want an affordable little design to brighten up your kitchen or a showstopper of a display to transform your living room into a work of art, these indoor succulent planter ideas that will blow you away.
Here is our complete list of indoor succulent planter ideas. We’ll cover everything from the every day to the truly extraordinary.
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Types of Indoor Succulent Planters
When it comes to indoor succulent planters, there are plenty of options available that can add a touch of greenery to your home decor. Here are some of the most popular types of indoor succulent planters.
1. Ceramic and Terra Cotta Pots
Ceramic pots are a classic choice for indoor succulent planters. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making them a versatile option for any home decor style. Ceramic pots are durable and can last for years if taken care of properly.
Don’t feel like you’re limited to the basic brown design. Partially glazed pots like these are just fine. Ceramic pots offer a range of textures, from smooth and glossy to rough and textured finishes. This variety allows you to choose a pot that complements the unique textures of your succulent plants, adding visual interest to your display.
Teacups are a unique way to display your succulents. These small, shallow cups are perfect for young succulent arrangements. They add a touch of whimsy to any room and are perfect for small succulent varieties.
Teacups provide a charming and unexpected twist to traditional succulent planters. Their small size makes them ideal for creating individual mini gardens, and their delicate patterns and colors can add a touch of vintage elegance to your indoor space.
Mix and match different teacups to create a fun and eclectic display. Just be sure to drill plenty of drainage holes into the bottom so your succulents will thrive.
Terrariums are a great option for those who want to create a mini indoor garden. Putting your succulents behind glass protects them from curious pets and provides some temperature regulations.
Be sure to read my guide on making hanging succulent terrariums to learn how to make one without killing your plants.
4. Hanging Planters
Hanging planters not only save space but also create a dynamic visual display. You can hang them at different heights to add dimension to your walls or ceilings. Additionally, trailing succulents cascading down from hanging planters can create a stunning vertical garden effect.
5. Wire Planters
Wire planters are a trendy option for indoor succulent planters. They come in various shapes and sizes and are perfect for those who want a more modern look. Wire planters are also lightweight and easy to move around.
I recommend putting your succulents in a cheap plastic pot, wrapping it in the decorative moss of your choice, and then putting it in the wire holder. That way, the moss won’t keep the soil wet and rot your succulents’ roots.
6. Glass Bowls
Glass bowls offer a clear and transparent view of your succulents’ roots and soil, allowing you to appreciate the intricate details of their growth. Their smooth and reflective surfaces can create interesting light reflections and enhance the overall aesthetics of your indoor garden.
Like terrariums, these kinds of planters take a little bit of special care.
7. Three-Tiered Planter
Three-tiered planters provide a tiered arrangement that adds depth and visual appeal to your succulent display. They offer the opportunity to showcase succulents of different heights and colors in a single planter, creating a captivating focal point in your space. Just be sure to provide drainage to each tier.
8. Vertical Planter
Vertical planters are perfect for those who have limited floor space but still want to enjoy a lush indoor garden. They can be mounted on walls or stand-alone structures and can accommodate a large number of succulents, making them an excellent choice for creating a striking living wall.
9. Fairy Gardens
Create a whimsical miniature garden with succulents as the main attraction. Use a shallow container, such as a wooden box or a terrarium, and arrange small succulents along with tiny fairy figurines, decorative rocks, and miniature accessories to bring the fairy garden to life.
10. Mini Succulent Planters
Get creative with unique containers for individual succulent planters. These mini planters make charming accents for windowsills, desks, or small spaces. They’re perfect for tiny succulent pups, who thrive in these sorts of arrangements. Why be limited by space in your succulent gardening?
I’ve got no end of mini succulent planter ideas for you, so have fun!
11. Pallet Wood Planter
One of the most popular DIY indoor succulent planter ideas is the pallet wood planter. Pallet wood planters bring a rustic and eco-friendly vibe to your succulent arrangements. The natural textures and weathered look of reclaimed wood add warmth and character to your indoor space while providing a sustainable option for showcasing your succulents.
This planter is made using reclaimed wood pallets, which can be found at many hardware stores or online. Simply sand down the wood and attach it together to create a box shape. Fill the box with soil and plant your succulents. You can even add a few rocks or pebbles to create a natural look.
12. Chicken Wire Planter
Another unique DIY indoor succulent planter idea is the chicken wire planter. This planter is made using a piece of chicken wire, which is bent into the shape of your choice and filled with soil and succulents. You can hang the planter from the ceiling or place it on a table for a fun and unique look.
Either use a substrate that won’t fall through between the succulent soil and the chicken wire or plant in individual pots and hide with moss or other decorative material.
13. Living Succulent Wreath
If you’re looking for a way to display your succulents as a statement for your home, consider making a living succulent wreath. This DIY project involves creating a wreath using a wire frame and filling it with soil and succulents. Hang the wreath on your front door or use it as a centerpiece for your dining table.
14. Monogram Succulent Planter
For a personalized touch, consider making a monogram succulent planter. This DIY project involves creating a wooden letter and filling it with soil and succulents.
This is perfect for a children’s room or a unique gift for a birthday or other occasion. Make two for the initials of newly weds as unique wedding decor. There are so many ways to create this cool design.
15. Mason Jar Succulent Planter
If you’re looking for a simple and affordable DIY indoor succulent planter idea, consider using mason jars. Simply fill the jars with soil and succulents, soil, and decor and place them on a windowsill or table.
Remember to add a good drainage layer to act as a reservoir so your succulents don’t drown. It’s fun to put the lid on for display, but take it off most of the time so your succulents won’t rot in the humidity of a closed container.
16. Succulent Wall Planter
For a unique and eye-catching display, consider making a succulent wall planter. Make it yourself by attaching small pots or containers to a frame. Fill the containers with soil and succulents and hang the planter on the wall. You can also buy ready-to-fill wall planters.
17. Copper PVC Wall Planter
The copper PVC wall planter is made using copper pipes and PVC pipes, which are cut to size and attached together to create a geometric shape. Only the copper should be visible. The PVC is used to form the frame for the succulents to sit in. Hang it on the wall or use it as a centerpiece. The contrast between shiny copper and lush succulents is classic. It’s great in the kitchen.
18. Seashell Terrariums
For a beachy and coastal vibe, consider making seashell terrariums. Fill seashells with soil and succulents. Leave it as a self-standing decoration or place them in a glass jar or container. Add a few more seashells or beachy accents to create a fun and unique look. Make sure the seashell is free of any remaining salt and has drainage.
19. Mounted Succulents on Wood
Create a rustic and natural centerpiece by mounting succulents on a piece of driftwood or reclaimed wood. Attach the succulents using floral adhesive or wire, and display the wood vertically as a living art piece on a mantel or wall.
The succulent roots will grow right into the wood in time, and they’ll crawl and drape over it to create an ever-evolving piece of art.
20. Succulent Coffee Table
Convert your coffee table into a living oasis by constructing a built-in planter in the center. Line the recessed area with a waterproof barrier, fill it with well-draining soil, and plant a variety of succulents. This creates a beautiful and functional piece of furniture that doubles as a mini succulent garden.
If your living room gets plenty of bright light, the succulents will thrive. It’s best to leave the space between the planting box and the glass open on the sides for ideal air flow.
21. Indoor Window Boxes
Install window boxes above a sunny window, and plant a selection of trailing succulents. This creates a stunning living curtain of greenery that brings life and vibrancy to your indoor space. Any vining succulents that work well in hanging baskets are great for this project.
If you’re looking for a more unique and creative way to display your indoor succulent plants, consider using a birdcage. Fill it with a variety of different succulent plants, creating a beautiful and eye-catching display that is sure to impress.
23. Succulents in Toy Cars or Children’s Toys
Repurpose old toy cars or children’s toys by transforming them into charming succulent planters. Remove any unnecessary parts, make sure there’s drainage, fill with succulent soil, and plant small succulents. It adds a playful touch to your indoor decor.
24. Wicker Baskets
Use wicker baskets as unique containers for your succulents. Line the basket with a plastic liner or place a small pot inside to prevent water leakage. Take the pot of succulents out to water it and make sure it’s dry before putting back in the basket.
The natural texture of wicker adds an organic and rustic feel to your display. This is also one of the most affordable ways to make a statement. You can get baskets very cheaply at your local thrift store.
25. Narrow Succulent Centerpiece
A narrow dining room centerpiece made of succulents is visually captivating and adds a unique touch to the dining experience. The arrangement of succulents in a slender design creates a sleek and contemporary aesthetic that effortlessly complements various interior styles.
The contrasting colors, textures, and shapes of the succulents create a visually dynamic display, capturing attention and sparking conversation among guests. Your guests will be impressed at your next dinner party!
Choosing the Right Soil and Drainage
When it comes to indoor succulent planter ideas, choosing the right soil and drainage is crucial for the health and longevity of your plants. Succulents require well-draining soil that allows excess water to escape quickly, preventing root rot and other issues. Here are some tips for choosing the right soil and ensuring proper drainage for your indoor succulent planters:
Succulent Soil Mix
Succulent soil mix is specifically designed for succulents and other plants that require excellent drainage. This type of soil is typically made up of a blend of materials such as sand, perlite, and compost. It is important to note that regular potting soil is not ideal for succulents, as it retains too much moisture, which can lead to root rot.
Proper drainage is essential for the health of your succulent plants. Make sure your planters have drainage holes to allow excess water to escape. If your planter does not have drainage holes, you can add them yourself using a drill or other sharp tool. If you’re using a container that doesn’t have drainage, a thick layer of gravel at the bottom can act as a reservoir.
Most succulents prefer bright, indirect sunlight. This means placing them near a window that receives plenty of natural light, but not direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves and cause damage.
If you live in an area with limited sunlight, you can supplement with artificial light. LED grow lights are a popular option for indoor succulent growers. They provide the necessary light spectrum for succulent growth and can be adjusted to mimic natural sunlight.
When it comes to watering succulents, less is more. Overwatering is the most common cause of succulent death. Succulents prefer well-draining soil and should be watered only when the soil is completely dry.
A good rule of thumb is to water succulents once every 1-2 weeks. However, this can vary depending on the type of succulent and the conditions in your home. Some succulents, such as cacti, can go even longer without water.
When watering succulents, it’s important to water deeply and thoroughly. This means watering until the water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can cause damage and promote fungal growth.
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