Succulent roots can thrive in a shallow container. Make sure the container has drainage holes. If the container does not have drainage holes, drill a few holes in the bottom. Standing water can kill a succulent.
Using the right kind of soil: You can use any potting mix designed for succulents. Look for words like “cactus mix” or “succulent mix” on the package. You can also make your own succulent potting mix. Mix equal parts of regular potting soil, coarse sand and perlite or pumice for an ideal mix.
Choosing Plants: When choosing your plants, be aware that they may have different light and care needs. Check plant labels for specific requirements to group succulents with similar needs in your container.
Some succulent species will remain quite healthy even if you don’t provide the optimal growing conditions they prefer. And other species are very sensitive to their conditions. It is important to do your research before deciding on species for your container. Make sure they will all thrive with the light conditions, temperatures and level of care you can provide.
For example, some succulents are hardy while others are tender. The hardy succulents can withstand cooler temperatures while the tender succulents quickly succumb to cold weather. If you choose tender succulents, bring them indoors when outdoor conditions are too cold. And they also need to be protected from drafts and air conditioning.