Choosing the best pots for succulents can be a great way to add a personal touch to your indoor garden. Choosing the right planter can also support your succulent’s health, longevity, and growth by providing drainage and aeration to the root system.
Here are 16 great succulent planters that are designed for the specific needs of arid plants. With a vast variety of designs for each pot, you’ll be able to find one that fits perfectly with your home decor.
This 3-piece ceramic planter set is a perfect minimal option. It allows you to use several planters at once that can be rearranged as needed. The bamboo saucer base is a natural accent that catches excess water and helps prevent plant overwatering. The drainage hole on this pot is quite small so make sure to use a dry, fast-draining succulent soil in it.
This concrete planter may look like wood, but it is a durable concrete alternative that won’t crack, rot, or break like an organic piece of driftwood would. The protective anti-scratching pads on the base make it suitable for any indoor space.
This modern geometric 7-piece planter set is a unique and stylish option if you’re looking for several small pots for your succulents. It is a great selection if you are looking for a striking table centerpiece. Each pot fits perfectly on a bamboo tray that helps to support clean and easy drainage.
This acrylic floating planter is a perfect solution for those who don’t want their planters to take up counter or table space inside the home. The succulent bed is attached to a window with 4 non-marking mounting films. It comes with a removable drainage tray that is perfect for preventing overwatering of your plants.
These vertical planters have been inspired by the vibrant landscape colors of the desert. The brown jute rope and earth-toned pots create a warm and stylish look, adding an artistic splash to any wall or window. They also have drainage holes making them ideal for succulents. Just make sure that they are hanging in an area where the draining water won’t damage the floor, such as a kitchen.
This stainless steel 4-piece planter matches well with a sleek and contemporary home. The antique copper will draw attention to the plants and complement the cool green hues of your succulents. They have drainage holes and will provide ideal growing conditions for arid plants.
This stainless steel planter is a beautiful accent on any windowsill, fireplace, or even as a table centerpiece. Unlike many other planters on this list, it does not have drainage holes. Because of this, it is important to add a bottom layer of rocks or pebbles so that water can drain away from the roots. You must also be careful to not over-water your succulents since there is nowhere for the water to run off.
It can be hard to play with the verticality of a succulent garden because of their short height. This planter and stand helps to add a vertical dimension to your design and minimize the amount of surface area needed at the same time. The owl design on each pot adds a contemporary playfulness to the minimalist feeling of the wood and white ceramic.
These 6 ceramic owl planters are perfect as gardening props, home accents, and gifts. They can be placed throughout your home or presented together as a set. They each include a drainage hole making them ideal for small succulents and cacti.
This minimal windowsill planter is perfect for a clean, simple look that allows for all of the attention to be on the succulents themselves. The drainage holes and included bamboo saucer help to keep your soil well-drained without making a mess.
This circular ceramic glazed container is perfect for planting several succulents in one pot and even for creating small scenes with accessories. It comes in 5 unique colors, so you can find the perfect accent color for your home. It’s drainage hole and bamboo tray provide excellent drainage for succulents.
This upscale mid-century planter is perfect for the sophisticated home that honors the timeless minimal style of the 50s and 60s. It comes with a drainage hole as well as a plug so that you can control the retention and release of water.
This 3 pot set from Dsben is perfect for a small and stylish succulent setup. They will fit perfectly on a windowsill or on a desk. This brand makes several different designs so you can choose the best style for your home. They each have a drainage hole and come with a bamboo saucer, which will help you to avoid overwatering the plants.
This 6 piece of ceramic glazed pots is a very affordable alternative to artisanal clay pots you may find in an art fair or boutique. At a fraction of a price, T4U creates one of a kind looking organic pots that are neutral enough to complement most home designs. Each pot has a small drainage hole at the bottom which is great for the health of your succulents.
This six-pack of white ceramic planters is the perfect minimal, clean, and portable option for your succulents. Align them together in a window sill, spread them around your home, or place them in any other arrangement that compliments your personal space. These pots all come with a drainage hole and bamboo tray for clean easy drainage.
These two 6 inch ceramic pots are perfect for multi-succulent centerpieces and scene-building. They are modern and minimal with a touch of warmth provided from the bamboo tray. Each planter has a drainage hole making sure your soil won’t be too moist for arid plants.
Container size will be the first consideration when choosing the perfect planter for your succulents. There are many options here and you can create beautiful arrangements with different sizes and types of pots.
In general, it is good to leave about a half-inch of room between your succulents and the edge of a pot, to make sure they won’t outgrow the planter. You also want to make sure that you don’t allow too much space for your succulent either, to make sure the root and leaf growth maintains a good ratio.
When planting several succulents in a single container, you can choose whether or not you want to plant them close together or spread out. If they are very tightly arranged, little growth will occur. However, if you provide a half or full inch between each plant, you can expect growth.
Good drainage is necessary for succulents. These plants are used to growing in dry arid environments so they are well adapted to rocky and porous soil. They struggle in pots that don’t allow drainage and can experience root rot if they are left in standing water for too long.
When choosing a pot, it’s very important to make sure it has drainage holes. If it does not, or you are creating a planter from used materials, you will need to drill drainage holes into it. While some indoor gardeners place large rocks in the bottom of a container to prevent the roots from sitting in the water, this method is not recommended for succulents, as the environment will still be too moist for optimal growth.
With good drainage and regular maintenance, succulents can do well in a variety of container types. Some common materials that succulent planters are made of include, terra cotta, ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, and wood.
Terra Cotta & Ceramic Planters: Pros: Breathable, great for indoors and outdoors, affordable. Cons: Can heat up excessively in the sun, very heavy, fragile if knocked over or dropped.
Glass Planters: Pros: Beautiful and unique, great for repurposing glass containers. Cons: Non-porous, fragile.
Plastic Planters: Pros: Durable, Lightweight, affordable. Cons: Not very breathable, less water evaporation than other materials
Metal: Pros: Durable, Stylish. Cons: Can change temperatures quickly, which may be a shock to your succulents if left in the sun or heat. May eventually rust.
Wood: Pros: Eye-catching and resembles a natural environment. Stays cool and retains water. Cons: Could eventually rot if the soil stays too wet. May breakdown or even split.
How to Plant Your Succulents
Prepare your succulent pot
Once you have your planter, you’ll want to tape a breathable fabric over each of the drainage holes. This allows for water to drain away from your plants without washing away the soil and nutrients.
Add the succulent soil
Loosely add the soil to your planter, leaving an inch of space to put your plants into. By not filling the container completely with soil, we are also preventing future flooding during watering. If you would like to learn more about the best soil to use for your succulents, check out this article.
Transfer your succulents
Be gentle when removing your succulents from the nursery container. Instead of pulling them out, squeeze and tap at the sides of the container to avoid damaging the succulent roots. Plant your succulent in the new container and add about ½ of an inch of soil around it to loosely hold it in place.
Check your plants
When you’re finished transferring your succulents into their new soil and planter, look carefully to make sure all of their roots are covered by the soil. Any exposed roots will quickly dry out which may affect the health of the plant.
Choosing the best planter for your succulent is the most exciting part of the process. This is where your personality can shine through and you can truly customize the indoor gardening experience to inspire and delight yourself as well as visitors.
Following these basic container rules will ensure a healthy plant that requires minimal maintenance, giving your succulent the best possible chance of thriving. Don’t forget to show off how cute your plant babies are looking in the comments section below!