Succulents are well-known for their capacity to store water and survive in dry surroundings, which is one factor that has grown in popularity. The low maintenance and survivability allow for easy growth for beginners and plant lovers.
Having the right pot and home for the succulent is as essential as providing nutrients to your plant. There are many options for pot material, and concrete is not wildly known or sold in popular garden stores.
Concrete planters have various designs, shapes, and sizes, making them highly versatile for indoor and outdoor gardening. They can be found in traditional, modern, or custom designs, allowing you to choose a planter that complements your overall garden aesthetics.
The blog post below will explore the benefits of using concrete planters for indoor and outdoor gardens. Understand the different types of concrete planters available, how to choose the suitable planter your succulents need, and how to care for your concrete planters.
What are the types of concrete planters?
Concrete planters come in various styles, sizes, and finishes to suit different garden aesthetics and design preferences. Traditional concrete planters are timeless classics with clean lines and a simple, practical design.
They are often used in formal gardens or to add a touch of elegance to any outdoor space. On the other hand, modern and decorative concrete planters are more contemporary and often feature unique shapes, textures, and finishes.
They are perfect for adding a touch of artistry and personality to your garden. Customized concrete planters offer even more flexibility in design and size, allowing you to create a planter that perfectly fits your gardening needs and style preferences.
I specialize in creating smaller sizes planters that are durable and have a clean finish. Creating the concrete planter can be done by pros and beginners as well.
Advantages of Using Concrete Planters for Succulents
Concrete planters have several advantages, making them my preferred choice for planting succulents. Let’s explore some key benefits of using concrete planters in outdoor spaces.
Durability and Longevity
Concrete is known for its strength and durability, making concrete planters highly resistant to wear and tear. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, heavy rainfall, and UV radiation, without deteriorating or losing their shape.
Concrete planters are also resistant to pests, rot, and decay, extending their lifespan and making them a long-term investment for your garden.
Versatility in Design and Size
Concrete planters come in various designs, shapes, and sizes, making them highly versatile for indoor and outdoor gardening.
They can be found in traditional, modern, or custom designs, allowing you to choose a planter that complements your overall garden aesthetics.
Concrete planters can also be made to order, allowing you to create a unique and personalized look for your outdoor and indoor spaces.
Does Concrete affect the soil pH and Succulents?
When concrete comes into contact with soil, it can leach calcium hydroxide into the surrounding soil, resulting in an increase in soil pH.
This can create an alkaline environment in the soil, which may not be conducive to the growth of certain plants, including succulents.
Succulents are known for their ability to thrive in well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH range. Therefore, the increased alkalinity caused by concrete can affect the growth and health of succulents.
However, succulents are also sensitive to changes in soil pH, and an increase in alkalinity caused by concrete can disrupt their natural habitat.
The high pH of concrete can interfere with the uptake of essential nutrients by succulents, leading to nutrient deficiencies and poor growth.
It can also disrupt the balance of beneficial microorganisms in the soil that support plant health. Additionally, the high pH can cause succulents to develop yellowing leaves, stunted growth, and even death in severe cases.
Here are the tips on planting succulents in your concrete planter to mitigate the leaching effects of alkaline pH soils.
Create a Barrier: One practical approach is to create a physical barrier between the succulents and the concrete by placing a plastic or landscape fabric layer in the soil before planting. This can help prevent the leaching of calcium hydroxide into the soil and minimize the impact on succulents. In my example, I didn’t remove the succulent in a plastic planter that the plant came in.
Amend the soil pH: Another option is to amend the soil around succulents with acidic materials such as peat moss, pine needles, or sulfur. These materials can help lower the pH of the soil and create a more favorable environment for succulents to thrive.
Do Concrete planters need drainage?
Succulents have adapted to thrive in regions with low rainfall, so they are not adapted to handle excessive moisture. The roots of succulents are adapted to absorb water from the soil quickly and efficiently when available, but they can also store water for future use.
When succulents are grown in pots without drainage holes or in poorly draining soil, excess water can accumulate around the roots, depriving them of oxygen and causing them to suffocate. This can lead to root rot, a condition where the roots become mushy and decay, ultimately resulting in the death of the plant.
When it comes to planting succulents in pots, the presence of drainage holes is crucial for their health and longevity. Drainage holes allow excess water to escape from the pot, preventing waterlogging and providing aeration for the roots.
It is important to have concrete pots with a drainage hole. If the pot you select is missing a drainage hole, you can drill a hole at the bottom of the pot.
How to prevent concrete planters from cracking?
Cracks detract from the planter’s aesthetic appeal and can reduce functionality and durability.
Below are the tips for preventing your concrete planters from cracking:
Choose the right concrete mix: The type of concrete mix you use for your planters is crucial to their durability. It’s essential to choose a high-quality blend designed for outdoor use to withstand freeze-thaw cycles, moisture, and other environmental factors. Avoid using a low-quality or generic concrete mix, as it may not provide the necessary strength and resilience to prevent cracking. Check out these post on choosing the right concrete mix for making concrete art.
Ensure proper curing: Curing is a critical step in the concrete manufacturing process that involves maintaining adequate moisture and temperature conditions for the concrete to cure and harden properly.
Proper curing can significantly improve the strength and durability of concrete planters, reducing the risk of cracking. After pouring the concrete into the mold, cover it with a plastic sheet or damp cloth to retain moisture and prevent rapid drying.
Leave the planter in a cool and shaded area, depending on the type of concrete mix used, to allow it to cure correctly.