How to Grow a Windowsill Succulent Garden

Are you looking for an affordable, low-maintenance, foolproof way to add some structural greenery to your indoor space? We thought so! Succulents are an ideal plant choice – they’re easy to grow, and as long as you have a sunny windowsill, you’re good to go. Here are some tips on creating a versatile succulent garden.

Pick some pretty pots

Choose small glass jars or unglazed terra cotta or porcelain pots, either all the same or of different sizes and shapes. You can either pack several plants in each, or give them room to spread out.

Choose the best spot

Succulents are sun-loving desert plants, so figure out where your plants will get the most light, and line them up along a windowsill or open shelf.

Fill ‘er up

Layer some small rocks or marbles, then potting soil until it’s halfway up your container. Gently place the plant in your pot and add a little more soil around the edges, making sure not to pack the dirt too much, because you’ll need some air space for proper drainage. Add a drizzle of water – not too much! Succulents prefer drier soil, and overwatering will kill them.

No windowsill? No problem!

You can create a hanging succulent garden like this one instead, or if you have mad DIY skills, you can build a vertical living wall such as this showstopper. Even with very little space, you can create a fantastic succulent garden.

Swap meet

Instead of buying a bunch of different varieties, why not get a group of friends to each buy one kind so you can share? You can take a clipping from a succulent plant, let it dry out for a few weeks, pop it into a small pot and start growing a new one! You’ll expand your collection in no time.

Variety is the spice of life

Succulents come in so many shapes and colors that you’ll be tempted to plant everything! However, ones that are purple or orange generally do better outside, so focus on ones with bright green leaves instead, and create interest by picking different shapes and sizes.

Show us your succulent gardens!


Succulents in front of window with brown fence:
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Three succulents:
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Succulents in brown container:
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