DIY: Planting Succulents in Glass Bowls

Succulents turn into real eye-catchers in jars. You can find out here how to put the plants in the limelight and properly care for them. This post includes step-by-step instructions on making your own DIY succulents terrarium.

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Succulents become real eye-catchers in glass container

Succulents are one of the most popular indoor plants. No wonder – after all, the robust plants have an integrated water reservoir and are therefore wonderfully easy to care for. Since succulents are now so common as indoor plants, it can happen that they do not get their deserved place in the spotlight, but rather become a beautiful ornament in the background.

If you want to show off your plants more, you can use a very simple trick: Planted in a glass, succulents look modern and exciting, so that they quickly become a secret eye-catcher in the apartment. In this article you will find out how to plant succulents in jars yourself and what you need to consider when caring for them.

Which Succulents Can Be Planted in Glass Bowls?

If you want to plant succulents in a jar, the question quickly arises which plants are actually suitable for it. In general, almost all succulents are suitable for planting in jars. However, you should consider the space available – since the vessel in which the plants are to grow is usually not excessively large, it is worthwhile to use succulent species that remain small.

Mini succulents in a jar also have the advantage that you can combine several of them with each other, so that a small succulent garden is created. Particularly popular mini succulents for the glass are Mexican hens and chicks (Echeveria), money trees (Crassula ovata) and the jelly bean plant (Sedum pachyphyllum).

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Mini succulents are particularly suitable for planting in jars

Is Every Jar Suitable for Succulents?

Here, too, the following applies: you can plant succulents in almost any container you like. Succulents can be planted just as well in a mason jar as in a planter or a hanging glass ball. There is only one condition: the glass should have an opening. Succulents in a closed jar die quickly because they cannot tolerate the high humidity inside. Instead of a bottle garden, it is better for succulents to use containers that are open at the top, such as semicircular glass bowls.

Succulents in the square terrarium are also a beautiful eye-catcher. However, it also applies here that this must be open at the top or at least have an opening for air exchange so that the succulents can thrive in it.

What Soil do Succulents Need?

The right soil is a decisive factor when it comes to transplanting succulents into a jar – only with the right substrate will the plants stay healthy for a long time and develop their robust nature. Succulents make special demands on their soil: it should be loose, so that the plant can root it well and good water and air permeability is guaranteed.

In addition, the soil should be able to absorb water again even after it has completely dried out, and it should be adapted to the nutrient requirements of the succulents. These conditions are optimally fulfilled by special cactus or succulent soils that can be bought in specialist shops. You can also make your own succulent soil as shown here.

But not all succulents need soil – in fact, you can keep some succulents in a jar without soil. The Tillandsia, for example, as epiphytes, do not need any substrate and are therefore also referred to as air plants. Placed in hanging glass balls or small bowls, the succulents in the glass give a fascinating picture even without soil. However, they must be sprayed with water regularly, as this is the only way they can meet their fluid needs.

Pro tip: Most orchids (Orchidaceae) also belong to the epiphytes – however, they do not need a substrate, but orchid soil specially adapted to them.

Planting Succulents in Glass Bowls: Instructions

If you want to show off your plants perfectly, you should think about planting succulents in jars. What sounds complicated at first is actually not much of an effort. In fact, you only need the plants and a vessel, expanded clay, succulent soil and, if necessary, decoration. For safety reasons, you should also use thorn-proof gloves for succulents with thorns or cacti .

First, a layer of expanded clay, which should make up about a quarter of the bottom layer, is placed in the glass bowl. This later serves as a drainage layer to avoid waterlogging. A layer of succulent or cactus soil is then placed on top of this. Now you can carefully free the plants from their old pots and carefully loosen the loose soil at the roots. The succulents can now be put in their new place – if there are several plants, it is advisable to first place the plants loosely next to each other in order to find the right arrangement.

Once the succulents have been placed in the jar, gaps are closed with the cactus soil. This is pressed lightly with the finger. If you want, you can also place decorative elements in the glass in addition to the succulents.

Here again all the steps for planting succulents in glass bowls in the overview:

  1. Fill a quarter of the soil layer with expanded clay
  2. Spread cactus soil on top
  3. Carefully remove succulents from their pot and carefully remove soil
  4. Arrange the plants and fill in the gaps with cactus soil
  5. Carefully press on the substrate with your fingers
  6. Decorate if necessary
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Arrange the plants before planting them

Maintain Succulents in the Jar

Even if the succulents find a great new place in the jar, every move means stress for them too. For this reason, the succulents should not be watered directly after repotting – the first watering should only take place after a week so as not to put additional strain on the stressed roots of the plants. Once the plants have recovered well, the only thing left to do is normal care of the succulents.

However, you should note that succulents in the jar should not be placed directly in the sun – especially with taller, round jars, this can lead to a magnifying glass effect that can cause severe burns to the plants. Instead, the succulents in the jar should be placed in a bright, shady location.

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