How to make a DIY tiered succulent arrangement

Succulent arrangements make for lovely centrepieces, gifts, or decorations. On top of that, they’re easy and inexpensive to make. The tiered succulent arrangement that I will be teaching you to make today adds height to otherwise flat succulent arrangements, which further improves their visual appeal.


  • 3 different sized terracotta pots
  • A terracotta saucer
  • Succulents to plant
  • Potting mix
  • Pebbles for decoration

Step 1: Fill the largest pot up to 3/4 with potting mix

Fill 3/4 of the largest pot with a well-draining potting mix with chunky potting medium like orchid bark. If the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot is so large that chunks can fall out of it, try partially obstructing it.

This a shallow 37cm diameter terracotta pot, so the drainage hole was huge and root rot shouldn’t be an issue. Even with this obstruction of the drainage hole, water can drain out easily.

Step 2: Place the other pots in and fill them with potting mix

The other two pots should be placed, with the larger one coming first and the smaller one following that. See the image below for reference.

Step 3: Plant succulents

Place succulents onto the surface of the soil and arrange them according to your liking. When you’re satisfied, plant them into the soil. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look great just yet. The succulents will grow into the empty space.

Step 4: place decorations

Add decorations like pebbles and sand.

Step 5: Let the plants grow into the space

Your succulent arrangement isn’t truly complete until the plants have grown into the arrangement. As they mature, the succulents will fill in the empty spaces in the arrangement, giving it a fuller look.

Finally, take a step back and evaluate your work to determine if there’s anything you could do better the next time round. For me personally, I realised that a 10-litre bag of potting mix isn’t enough to fill the huge pot I was using. Even though I knew the dimensions of the pot when buying online, I was taken aback by how large it would be in person. If I could do this all over again, I’d prepare more cuttings and more soil to fill the pot entirely.

Published by plantboye

Tech illiterate and pretending to be proud of it.

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