Create a Low-Maintenance Dish Garden

You Will Need:

1 shallow container about 12 inches in diameter and 2 to 4 inches deep
Cactus potting mix
Gravel to layer bottom of container
1 Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera) or
1 Jade Plant (Crassula)
5 Succulents (Aeonium Echeveria), choose plants of different heights and shapes to provide variety and interest
3 Burro Tail (Burro Tail)


  1. Cover the bottom of the container with a thin layer of gravel to improve drainage.
  2. Fill container with cactus potting mix.
  3. Place plants in the container, tallest in back and trailing plants at front. Plant the taller Aloe Vera or Jade Plant in back of the dish. Plant the lower Succulents in a staggered arc around the first plant and about 2 inches apart. Plant the Burro Tails at the very front edge of the container, one in the middle front and one to each side so that they will trail over the container’s edge as they grow.
  4. Water thoroughly but do not drench.
  5. Place dish garden where it will receive bright, indirect light for most of the day.
  6. Water thoroughly about every 10 to 14 days, being careful not to over water. Succulents, like cactus, do not require constant water. Allow soil to dry well between waterings. When the top 2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch, you know it’s time to water.
  7. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during active growth.