Picture of How to Make a Succulent Teacup Garden

Since a Teacup / Dish Garden has no drainage hole, it requires very similar setup as a terrarium.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

- Cactus potting soil
(Miracle Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix, 8-quart, $4.74, Home Depot)

- Gravels
(Mosser Lee Pearl Stone Soil Cover, 5-lb, $4.77, Home Depot)

- Activated carbon
(Petco Activated Carbon, 11 oz, $5.99, Petco)

- Small container
(local cookware store, $1)

- 2-in succulent plant
(local farmers' market, $2)

*You can always purchase the materials online or from a different retailer.

pzubia made it!3 months ago
easy :)
markinstruct10 months ago
I couldn't find square cups, but round worked fine.

where did you purchase your containers? they are lovely. your photography is also very good----nice composition, clean, minimalist. thank you.

jimmynyc (author)  thesnowtheriver1 year ago

I got them at Cucina & Tavola in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In spite of "Negative Nancy's" comments, I think this is a very good Instructable. The directions are similar to that of the Bonsai plants.

I don't know now long the carbon lasts, so it could be a waste of money if is it short lived, unless the plant needs carbon. The rocks in the bottom of the pot are a definite must. Without them, the plant roots will stay too wet if accidentally over watered.

As far as replacing the old soil, that is a good idea. There is no telling how long the plant sat in that soil before you bought it. Nurseries keep the plants at least a year or two before selling them. Plus disturbing the roots, if done gently can encourage root growth.

The type of soil used should be something that will hold water, but not too much. That is why there are rocks on the bottom. The excess water will filter down and be evaporated back into the soil as the soil dries out. So easy-drain soil may be desirable depending on the water needs of the plant chosen.

The rocks on top cover up the boring dirt and add something appealing for the eye. I think you could also use the larger decorative glass rocks like used in aquariums.

Good job! Well done! I think I know what to do with the jade shoots that are sitting in clear plastic cups on my porch. They will make very nice gifts! Thanks so much for sharing!

sprewitt21 year ago

Very cute. I have some old teacups that will work perfectly.


Great instructable with clear images and instructions. Thank you.

Cute and clear!