What succulents can be planted together?

Succulents possess similar traits that help them survive, such as the ability to store water in their leaves or stems for times when there is not much rainfall.

You can put together any succulents of your choice, but some combinations will be more manageable than others.

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When deciding which succulents to combine, there are certain characteristics to keep in mind. Our individual succulent pages and Succulent Identification and Care cards provide a helpful overview of these features. Make sure to check them out before making your selection.

You can view my video where I explain and demonstrate three different succulent arrangements and why they are effective.

Light Requirements

Not all succulents will thrive in indirect light or in an indoor environment; some require full sunlight throughout the day. However, many will grow well in a location that receives morning sun and bright shade in the afternoon.

If you mix succulents with different light needs, it could work out fine at first, but eventually you may experience some of the plants getting too much sun and others stretching out to get more light.

Water Needs

Water Needs

Some succulents that need more water to thrive include Portulacaria afra variegata, Rhipsalis cereuscula, and Crassula arborescens undulatifolia “Ripple Jade”.

In contrast, cacti and Echeverias require more time between waterings.

You can still mix succulents with varying water requirements, but you might need to give individual attention to those with thinner leaves. To do this, try using a syringe or the water bottle from my favorite succulent tool kit to provide direct hydration.


Rearranged: Combining succulents is not a difficult process, but using classic color schemes to arrange them will make them look truly stunning. This choice of color has no effect on their care needs or growth, but it is a great way to make your succulent arrangements stand out.

For instance, a combination of contrasting shades, for instance reds and greens, or blues and oranges (a favorite of mine), can look really fantastic.

I like to arrange succulents in related hues, like blues, greens and purples adjacent to each other on the color wheel. You can also create a monochromatic look with various shades, like a range of greens from light to dark.

Remember that the color palette includes more than just the succulents.

Using the right pot for your succulents can make a huge difference in the overall look. You can create a complementary color scheme by selecting a pot that contrasts with the colors of your succulents. For example, you could pick a red pot for green succulents, or a purple pot for blues and greens.

In other words, when it comes to combining succulents, the most important factor is how it appears to you, so feel free to mix and match plants however you like.

It is possible to maintain the appearance of your item, although it may require some effort.


Do succulents like small or big pots?

Do succulents like being planted together?

You can certainly plant succulents in close proximity to each other and they will be fine. This will result in slower growth, which helps to maintain the original design of the planting arrangement.

Is it better to plant succulents together or separate?

Succulents are hardy and don’t require a lot of space, but if they are too crowded, they will struggle to find the resources they need to survive, like water and nutrients. It’s best to give them enough room and not plant them alongside other plants with different care requirements.

Do succulents need to be separated?

Replant the offsets in their own separate containers, making sure to provide them with enough water and sunlight.

It is recommended to divide clumping succulents in late spring or early summer, or in the early fall when plants are most active. Separate the mother plant from its offsets by taking it out of the growing container, and replant the offsets in separate containers with sufficient water and sunlight.

Do succulents like to be crowded?

If you want your succulents to develop quickly, ensure that they have plenty of room to grow. Overcrowding will slow their growth, so avoid planting a 2 inch succulent in a 1 gallon container.