Make an “Under the Sea” arrangement with succulents!

Create an eye-catching “under the sea” display with succulents of all kinds of shapes and textures that resemble aquatic plants.

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I’m always drawn to the underwater look of succulents when it comes to design ideas.

Succulents are quite distinctive due to their diverse range of textures and forms.

Once you take a closer look, you will be surprised to see how many succulents resemble the coral and other aquatic plants. It is quite ironic that these plants do not require much water!

I contacted The Succulent Source and inquired if they could provide me with some plants that would be suitable for a maritime-themed display.

I was really pleased with the plants they gave me as a surprise; the crested cacti and Euphorbias were fabulous! My ideas were good, but I’m so glad I ended up with these.

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    Re-phrased: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii ‘Hibotan’, Crassula ‘Baby’s Necklace’, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Firesticks’, Sedum pachyphyllum, Pachyveria glauca ‘Little Jewel’, Opuntia Hybrid Crest ‘Roller Coaster’, Euphorbia flanaganii cristata, Cereus forbesii monstrose, Crassula argentea ‘Gollum’, Euphorbia lactea variegata ‘Bones’.

I stumbled upon a fantastic Unurth pot that reminded me of the sea. I filled it with some of my favorite aquatic plants, though the container wasn’t quite large enough to accommodate all of them.

If you are dealing with any Euphorbias, be mindful that the white sap is toxic and can cause skin irritation. I also added Bonsai Jack’s Gold Tan Top Dressing to the arrangement, which reminded me of sand from the ocean floor but had a more interesting texture.

I’m quite pleased with the results.

As an additional reminder, when working with a pot that has a distinguishing front side, such as the one I used (you can tell because of the “bubbles” on the side of the pot), make sure to pay attention to the front when positioning your plants.

I had completed the arrangement, but noticed that the front of my design didn’t match up with the front of the pot. Although the “bubbles” still looked great on the sides, it was a bit of a disappointment. I should have been more attentive while setting up the design.

If you’re looking for advice on which succulents to pick and how to arrange them to create an eye-catching under the sea composition, I suggest you take a look at my post with ideas for decorating with succulents. It has lots of great suggestions to help you pick the perfect plants to create an impressive display and really highlight the beauty of succulents.

You can view this video to observe some of the tips being implemented.

My upcoming aquatic arrangement will incorporate a variety of elements, such as sea shells and small fish, in addition to the plants I didn’t use before.

I have compiled a list of things I am thinking about including in my upcoming artwork. Please take a look by clicking here.

While I was at Waterwise Botanicals, I noticed a few arrangements that had an ocean vibe. The blue rocks used in the designs really made them stand out and look like something you’d observe while snorkeling or scuba diving.

I recall on my visit to Jeanne Meadow’s garden a few years ago that she had used seashells as a topping for one part of her yard. The greenery in that area gave off the appearance of a coral reef, as if it was taken straight from the seabed.

When you’re looking for inspiration on Pinterest, or shopping at a succulent garden or nursery, be on the lookout for an underwater-themed plant arrangement or plants that can be used to create one.


How do you plant succulents in a trough?

Place the other succulents in the pot, making sure they all have enough space to grow. Add a few drainage crocks to the bottom of the planter to prevent the potting mix from becoming clogged.

Do succulent pots need a hole in the bottom?

To help succulents thrive, it is essential that their roots dry out quickly. They should not stay in water for more than a day or two, as prolonged exposure to moisture can cause them to rot. To ensure this, I suggest using a pot with a drainage hole when planting succulents.

How deep should a succulent planter be?

The perfect pot for succulents should be 10% wider than the size of the plant and shallower than deep pots. When selecting a container, make sure it is 10% larger than the plant in terms of depth.

Do succulents need gravel in the bottom?

Decorative pebbles or pea gravel can be added to the top of the soil to provide extra drainage and a pleasing aesthetic.

What sea creature looks like a succulent?

Reformulated: It appears to be a plant, but it is actually an animal – a sea whip, which is a type of soft coral.