How-To: Choose Succulents to Plant Together

How-To: Choose Succulents to Plant Together
How-To: Choose Succulents to Plant Together

It’s a question we get asked all the time- “How do I know which succulents can be planted in the same pot?”


The easy answer is they need to have the same light and watering requirements. Makes sense, right? You wouldn’t want to plant a succulent that burns easily with a plant that needs bright sun to grow and thrive. But, how do you know these requirements?

A little research goes a long way!


If you know what kind of succulents you have, the ‘Care Cards’ page on our website is a great place to start. It has light and water requirements for every succulent we’ve ever sent in our subscription box. And, since we rarely repeat plants, that’s over 60 succulents!


Not sure the name of your succulents?


There are two simple tricks you can use to determine which succulents will work together. *Keep in mind there are exceptions for both these tricks, so doing the research will help you avoid any group potting casualties.


  1. Leaf Thickness – Generally, succulents with really thick, plump leaves (like Moonstones or Pachyveria Empress) need water LESS frequently because they store so much. Similarly, succulents with thin leaves (like a Lavender Scallop or Flapjack) need water MORE frequently. 
  2. Color Change – Succulents that undergo drastic color changes in the summer are usually equipped to handle more light exposure. (The color changing process is called stressing, you can learn more about it here!) Conversely, succulents that stay green all year round generally prefer a more indirect, soft light. 


Pro tip: Always use pots with drainage holes for any succulent arrangement to avoid over-watering and root rot, and use cactus soil to help with drainage. Any brand will do, or you can try making your own at home with our 3 Ingredient DIY.




Need some inspiration? The arrangement above includes: Echeveria Morning Beauty, Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg, Pachyphytum Moonstones, Pachyveria Empress, Pachyphytum Moon Silver, Chocolate Drop, and Crassula Lemon & Lime. All of these succulents like bright, all-day sun exposure and water about every 2-3 weeks.

That’s it! Now that you know which succulents you’re going to use in your arrangement, check out the rest of our group potting tips, like choosing the right pot, soil, and spacing here.


Don’t forget to tag @sucstu in pictures of your arrangements on social, we can’t wait to see them!



Loving some of the succulents you saw on our Care Cards page? Our Succulent Club members have access to most of our past plants at any time! To join the Succulent Club hit the button below and subscribe. You’ll receive two unique succulents a month + care instructions and access to past plants!


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