How to Plant Succulents in Glass Jars

Learn how to plant succulents indoors. They make great gifts!

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How to Plant Succulents in Glass Jars
How to Plant Succulents in Glass Jars
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If you're bringing home your first succulent, learning how to plant succulents in glass jars is the perfect solution. Succulents are great because they don't require much effort, but this guide will help you make sure you are taking the best care of your little plants! Plus, it is always nice to get some refreshers or pro tips when it comes to taking care of any plant, so these tips and tricks are sure to come in handy. This craft video shows you how easy it can be to make your potted succulents look super cute while you decorate your home with them! 

Plus, don't miss out on our other tips for taking care of succulents below! Have you ever wondered how often to water succulents? We've got the answer.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGardening


Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Succulent
  • Mason jar
  • Washi tape or ribbon
  • Pebbles, gravel, sea glass, or something at the bottom of your jar for drainage
  • Soil.

    NOTE: Be sure to look specifically for succulent soil, or in some cases cactus or palm tree soil.

How to Plant Succulents in Glass Jars


  1. Apply your ribbon or washi tape around the edge of your jar.

  2. Place your pebbles or drainage item in the bottom of your jar.

    Optional: you can save a couple of these pieces to add to the top of your plant for decoration. 

  3. Remove your succulent from the plastic container it is in and going over your bowl with soil in it break up that dried up soil that the succulent is in right now. 

  4. Place your succulent in your jar and see how much soil you are going to need. 

  5. Pick your succulent back up out of your jar and put some of your fresh soil underneath. Then, place your succulent back on top. 

  6. Using your fingers fill in the rest of the space and air pockets by smushing the soil into your jar. 

    Tip: try your best to avoid getting soil in his leaves. Also, try not to come up too much higher from where he was planted originally. 

  7. Place your pebbles or sea glass pieces at the top if you kept some pieces for more decoration. 

Caring For Succulents

  1. How do you water a succulent? Water your succulent by soaking the soil, and then don't water it again until the soil is completely dry. If you've planted your succulent in a pot that doesn't have drainage, try not to water it so much that you have water pooling in the bottom of the jar. If the roots of your succulent stay too damp for too long, they can start to rot.

    Note: It's a myth that succulents prefer to be watered using a spray bottle! If you've been using this method and your plants are struggling, try soaking them instead.

  2. How often should you water succulents? Only water succulents when their soil is completely dry. This might mean you water every 4-5 days, or it might mean that you go more than a week between waterings.

  3. How much sunlight do succulents need? Succulents need quite a bit of sunlight. If your succulent is indoors, keep it next to a window where it can get lots of sunshine throughout the day. If your succulent is outside, keep it somewhere that gets several hours of sunlight each day. But, if it's outside make sure it gets a little shade during some hours of the day as well.

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I love succulents! This video gives such fabulous tips!

Adorable! I love succulents, and this is a great way to make my collection look a little more put-together


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