Do Succulents Like to be Crowded?
Only if you do it right

Are you someone who just can't get enough of succulents? You must be wondering about whether or not they like to be crowded. We've got just the answer!

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Kelly Adams

October 03, 2021

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Succulents are plants that are either found in isolation or in groups in the wild.  You might be wondering, do they thrive in crowded arrangements? Keep reading to find out!

Succulents love crowded arrangements. However, they need some space during their growing period. 

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Do Succulents like to be Crowded?

Yes, succulents thrive in social settings and prefer to be crowded. However, they require some space to grow to their maximum potential. Avoid placing your succulents too close to each other. 

Seasonal Arrangements

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The effects that succulents can have on each other when they’re too close depend on the seasons. 


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You might be tempted to put your succulents close together in a pot. However, doing so can have an impact on their growing phase. Succulents that grow in groups often don’t reach their full size. 

Another thing to watch out for is tangled roots. The roots of succulents that grow together can get tangled with each other. This can cause many health problems for your succulents. 

You will need to water your succulents at least once a week during the summer. Make sure to keep your plants hydrated to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your succulent arrangement. Water your succulents in the morning once a week during the summer. 


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During the fall, most succulents enter their resting phase which is also called the dormant phase. You can use this to your advantage and group your succulents together. 

Succulents often stop growing during this time. You won’t have to worry too much about fulfilling the needs of your plant as well. You can use this time to plan unique succulent arrangements for holidays such as Halloween. 

Succulents look great with pumpkin decor. The trick is simple. All you need to do is grab a knife and get to carving the top of a pumpkin. Place your succulents on top. Your succulents will be the centerpiece of this decoration. 


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You will need to bring your succulents inside before the temperatures drop too low. Most succulents cannot tolerate frost and entire succulent arrangements can be ruined. Place your succulents in a sunny spot inside your house during the winter. 

Your succulent arrangement will not need to be watered as frequently during the winter. Succulents are best known for their water-retaining ability. Freezing temperatures can cause death in some cases if proper care is not given. 


Avoid feeding your succulents fertilizer during the winter

Water your succulents in a way that the roots get enough water too. You will need to remove the excess water. 


Never leave your succulents in a pool of standing water


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Now that winter’s gone and flowers have started to bloom, this might be the perfect time for a new succulent arrangement. During the spring, most succulents have their flowers in full bloom.

Succulents will look their best during this time with their thick leaves glowing under the sun. You might be tempted to make a spring succulent arrangement. 

Don’t forget to prune your arrangement. Pruning helps maintain a neat and organized look for a succulent arrangement. So go on and grab your pruning scissors and get to work!

How to Take Care of a Succulent Arrangement

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You might be worried about keeping your succulent arrangement alive and thriving. Well, look no further because we’ve got you covered!

Succulent arrangements often require a bit of pruning. Cutting away old stems and leaves can help your succulents stay healthy. Doing so can also help ensure your succulent grows to its full potential. 

Have you noticed any changes in the appearance of your succulent arrangement? Chances are some of the succulents have grown over time. Believe it or not, succulents do change in shape and size over time. 

When placing your succulents into a new container, be careful with the roots and untangle them gently.


Brush off any excess dirt on your succulents when repotting them into a new arrangement

You can create a mound in the middle of your soil mix to help enhance the aesthetic appeal of your arrangement. You can choose succulents from different plant families to add some contrast. 

For example, you can place echeveria with a cactus. Since succulents come in a variety of different colors, adding other plants from different species can help enhance this contrast. 


Remove any dead leaves and cut off old stems 


We have discussed whether or not succulents like to be crowded. The short answer is yes. Succulents are social plants that thrive in arrangements although not during their growing phase.

If you enjoyed reading about succulent arrangements, you might be interested to check out our post about the most beautiful succulent arrangements.

The 20 Most Beautiful Succulent Arrangements Ever

Arranging plants is an art. Succulents can be arranged in a number of ordinary and extraordinary ways to look more beautiful!

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By Kelly Adams

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Kelly and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Kelly and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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