DIY Project : Succulent Planter Pot

For an unusual (and low maintenance watering) planter on your porch, plant beautiful succulents in a strawberry pot planter

Recently, Len and I got up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to hit the yard sales. Much to my delight, at the first home I stumbled across a pottery strawberry pot for only fifty cents! Well, long story short, I had a nice chat with the genial homeowner and toted my prize to the car with plans formulating in my mind.

Strawberry pot planters can be used, as their name implies, to plant strawberry plants. They are also beautiful planted with annuals, perennials or succulents. Since I had a group of succulents bought on sale waiting on the Garden Room deck, I knew this would be a succulent planter project.

For this project, you will need builder’s sand, potting soil (or compost), a variety of succulents and the strawberry pot. Follow the directions below to make a beautiful custom planter that would cost an arm and a leg at the nursery. Since I had pots of plants that could be divided and my fifty-cent pot, this whole project cost about ten dollars. That is less than the pot would cost by itself new!


succulent strawberry pot

Step # 1  ~ gather your materials (succulents & a strawberry pot)

Step # 2 ~  approximately 2 parts builder’s sand to 1 part potting soil

Step # 3 ~  mix the sand and potting soil together

Step # 4 ~  fill the pot with soil up to the first openings, start adding plants

Step # 5 ~  press soil mixture firmly around each plant, continue to top

succulent strawberry pot

Step # 6 ~  water thoroughly

succulent strawberry pot

finished succulent pot

4 Responses so far.

  1. Lyn Edington says:

    Very nice! I have been looking for an old fountain. I love the one you have on Pinterest. I don’t have much experience with succulents. How much water do they need?
    Love your blog!

    • Barb says:

      Hi, Lyn! So glad you are liking my garden projects and ideas! Once they are established, succulents need just a small amount of water – they don’t like wet feet!

  2. I love this pot ,I have a strawberry pot filled w/hens and chicks think I’ll switch it up some.I also LOVE your birdbath planter I done one about 2 yrs. ago but it is sparse ,I have lost some plants I need advice on exactly what kind of plants would work best to fill out my planter and I would like to have something to hang down from the sides. Please help I would appreciate anything you can tell me. Elizabeth Fowler

    • Barb says:

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by my website and taking the time to write! In the strawberry planter I used Hen & Chicks (Ruby Glow), “Blue Chalk Finger” (Senecio vitalis), Echeveria “Elegance” Kalanchoe trisyflora and four varieties of sedums. The sedums and the annual Purslane are the draping plants in the succulent bird bath.Hope that helps!


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