How to make a composition of cacti and succulent plants

Succulents are the perfect plants to create spectacular compositions with which to decorate the terrace, an interior patio with lots of light or the patio. They look great as a centerpiece, and require little care. But how to do them?

If you want to have this beautiful decorative element in your home, put on your gloves because we are going to explain how to make a composition of cacti and/or succulent plants .


  • 1 Step 1 – Choose the pot
  • 2 Step 2 – Fill the pot with substrate
  • 3 Step 3 – Plant your succulents
  • 4 Step 4 – Place decorative stones

Step 1 – Choose the pot

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These plants look great in all kinds of pots, be it plastic, ceramic or terracotta. To make your composition, we recommend you choose the one based on your preferences and the place where it will be placed . Thus, for example, if you want to have it outside, the most suitable material will be terracotta or ceramic, since plastic discolors over time; On the other hand, if you are going to have it indoors, you can use the plastic pots.

Just as important as the material is the size of the pot. For compositions, those that are wider than tall are ideal . Succulents don’t have a very large root system, so they don’t need as much soil as, say, a tree would.

Step 2 – Fill the pot with substrate


Akadama, a very porous substrate that facilitates rapid water drainage.

Once the pot has been chosen, it is time to choose the substrate. This has to facilitate the drainage of water, since succulents are very sensitive to waterlogging and could easily die if their roots are waterlogged. Taking this into account, it is highly advisable to use akadama, pumice or river sand as the only substrates or mixed with 30% black peat.

To avoid losing it, you can put a piece of shading mesh inside the pot, which will prevent the soil from coming out too quickly.

Step 3 – Plant your succulents

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Now that the pot is ready, it’s time to decorate it. To do this, you have to plant the succulents , making sure that the larger ones do not take light away from the smaller ones. But of course, what plants to put?

Not all of them will grow well in compositions, so it is essential to choose those species that, due to their adult size, will not have any problem , such as these:Echeveria derenbergensisRebutia senilisMammillaria guelzowianacoryphanta palmeriscopa parodySempervivum arachnoideum ‘Standfieldii’

  • Echeveria (for very large pots)
  • Sempervivum
  • Pachyphytum
  • sedum
  • Mammillaria
  • Rebutia
  • Coryphantha
  • Notocactus / Parody

Step 4 – Place Decorative Stones

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To finish, decorative stones can be placed to give the composition an even more natural look

How to make a composition of cacti and succulent plants

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