How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Since a Teacup / Dish Garden has no drainage hole, it requires very similar setup as a terrarium.

Step 1: Materials

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

- Cactus potting soil
(Miracle Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix, 8-quart, $4.74, Home Depot)

- Gravels
(Mosser Lee Pearl Stone Soil Cover, 5-lb, $4.77, Home Depot)

- Activated carbon
(Petco Activated Carbon, 11 oz, $5.99, Petco)

- Small container
(local cookware store, $1)

- 2-in succulent plant
(local farmers' market, $2)

*You can always purchase the materials online or from a different retailer.

Step 2: Step 1: Choose your container

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden
How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Choose a (at least) 1-2 inch deep container. I purposely chose these funnel-shaped containers, because the narrower bottom can help collects excess water.

Step 3: Step 2: Add gravels

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Rinse your gravels, add a thin layer to your container. It can help store excess water in the bottom in order to prevent root rot.

Step 4: Step 3: Add activated carbon

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Sprinkle some activated carbon. It can help purify excess water and absorb odor.

Step 5: Step 4: Prepare the soil

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden
How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Mix a small amount of activate carbons into the cactus potting mix. Add water into the mix.

Step 6: Step 5: Add soil

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Add a thin layer of soil into your container.

Step 7: Step 6: Unpot plant

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Unpot plant. Massage the root. Try to get rid most of the old soil.

Step 8: Step 7: Add plant

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Place your plant onto the thin layer of soil. Spread the root and cover it with more soil. Add more soil until it covers all the roots. Press the soil down.

Step 9: Step 8: Decorate

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

This step is optional as I added a top layer of gravels.

Step 10: Maintenance

How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden
How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Place it in somewhere with bright indirect sunlight. Allow the soil to become nearly dry, before you add a small amount of water. That's it. Enjoy.

 
 

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