For a couple of years, snake plants and succulents do just fine in small pots. Here’s how to plant snake plants and succulents in small pots.
The truth is, I’m a pot addict. No, not the pot you smoke or ingest, but the pretties that hold, decorate, and accent plants. My attention is always drawn to plant pots and containers, whether ceramic, resin, fiberglass or concrete. These are the snake plants and succulents I planted in small ceramic pots I just had to have!
TALAVERA POTTERY (SMALL POTS)
Tucson is abundant with Talavera pottery and I love its colorful and intricate patterns. I like the less traditional designs and bought 2 small pots on the more modern side. The solid red ceramic was cheap and cheerful at a nursery up in Phoenix and although I had to drill a hole in the bottom, it practically jumped in my hands.
It is easier for a smaller growing succulent or a dwarf snake plant to grow in smaller pots like these. I did the post and the video to showcase that. In my experience, I’ve gotten very few questions regarding how long they can be grown in pots this size, and the answer is at least 2 years. A succulent’s shallow root system and snake plant’s willingness to grow close to their pots makes these indoor plants great for people living in apartments!
The snake plant prefers growing slightly out of its pot rather than transplanted every 2 years or so. Generally, I repot plants every 3-6 years depending on the type of pot it’s growing in, and how big it’s growing. Winter is the best time to not repot houseplants because they are resting.
The pots in which the plants would go. One gallon pot of dwarf Laurentii snake plant at left came from my gardens in Santa Barbara. It was the remnant of a larger planting, and the single rhizome with its growth was happy to finally be repotted.
Use These Materials for Planting the Mixes
ORGANIC SUCCULENT & CACTUS MIX
It’s best to keep snake plants & succulents on the dry side and in a mix that drains freely. The succulent planting was done with straight succulent and cactus mix.
I used 2/3 potting soil to 1/3 succulent and cactus mix. I use one which is produced locally & succulents love it. Here’s another good one. If you’re using a store-bought mix like in the link, you might consider adding some pumice or perlite to further increase the aeration & lightness factor.
Added a handful of charcoal leftover from this project to each pot. This step is optional, but charcoal improves drainage & absorbs impurities & odors. This makes it a great ingredient to mix into your soil mix when doing any indoor potting project. Because I had some charcoal I thought it would be okay to use in these small pots as it improves drainage & aeration & absorbs odors.
As I’m planting, I sprinkle in a few sprinkles of organic compost. A 1/4′′ layer of worm compost was topped off each pot. My houseplants are fed with this & compost. The amount of compost and worm compost I use when repotting houseplants is much lighter than when repotting container plants in my garden.
ORGANIC POTTING SOIL
It’s great for planting in containers and houseplants because of the high-quality ingredients in Happy Frog.
In the Bay Area, Tank’s local compost is great. If you don’t have access to Tank’s, Dr. Earth’s is great, too. Both enrich the ground naturally.
Worm Compost: This is my favorite amendment, but I use it sparingly since it is so powerful.
The best way to see how I planted them is to watch the video. After planting, I tucked them beneath my grapefruit tree. After settling in, I gave them a thorough watering.
Succulents and snake plants are perfect for smaller pots because they don’t need frequent watering. Don’t hesitate to grab that small pot next time you see it. They’re perfect for succulents and snake plants.
FAQS ABOUT BUYING HOUSEPLANTS
Are houseplants available in winter?
If you make sure that they are not kept in cold temperature for too long, yes you can. You can order them online, but try to time the delivery so you’re at home to receive them. When you buy them in a store, make that your last stop so they don’t sit in a freezing car.
When is the best time to buy indoor plants?
I buy houseplants all year long. When it is too cold to start working in the garden, taking home a new green baby is very gratifying!
Can I buy houseplants online?
Many companies are selling indoor plants online these days.
What should I look for when buying indoor plants?
It is important to look for a healthy plant, with leafy foliage that is full all around, nice looking, and free of blemishes. Make sure to check the soil as well. There is always the option of a specialty nursery; someone can most likely help you out with this.
How do I pick a good indoor plant?
Choose carefully and don’t just pick the first one you see. The better ones are usually towards the back.
Do you keep indoor plants in plastic pots?
I do. Plastic grow pots are used to cultivate and sell them. Except for cactus and fleshy succulents, I do not directly plant houseplants in decorative containers.
What are some questions to ask about plants?
Some things to consider: In what environment will this plant grow best? What is the best way to water it? Does it grow fast or slowly? Are pests a concern? Does it require high humidity? How tricky is it to grow this plant?
What is a good indoor plant to gift?
It depends on how much experience the person you are giving it to has.
Blooming plants might be a good choice, unless you know the person’s taste or their environment.
What are the easiest houseplants to keep alive?
My top picks are Snake Plants, ZZ Plants, Pothos, Spider Plants, and if you have moderate light, Jade Plants and Ponytail Palms.
How do you make indoor plants thrive?
There is a key to success in the selection of plants and, of course, their care. For this to happen, you need to have them in the right place.
What is the best place to buy indoor plants?
I prefer nurseries and garden centers. The stock is usually well taken care of, displayed, and there is usually someone available to help you out.
Online Shops That Sell Houseplants are a great place to shop too, especially if you know what you’re looking for. Big box stores are on hand too if you play the picky shopper.
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