How To Make A Modern Indoor Echeveria Planter

Modern Succulent Planter: Modernica Case Study

I love modern and vintage design. The mid-century aesthetic that has become timeless speaks to the functional form, simplistic beauty, and celebration of the natural world that I hold dear.How to Make a Modern Indoor Echeveria Planter

This is why I was overjoyed to learn that distinguished manufacturer and designer of modern furniture, Modernica, has created some stunning ceramic planters available for indoor or outdoor plantings. I thought it was my lucky day when they offered to send me a Case Study Ceramic Bowl with Brazilian walnut plinth to try out.

When it arrived I realized it really was a great day but also one that I get to share…we are giving away the same white planter valued at $189.00 to one of our lucky readers! Check out the contest at the end of the post to see how to enter the draw.
Modernica Case Study Planter small

Indoor Echeveria Planter

The heavy ceramic bowl can be set atop the warm wood plinth or set directly on display surface. Since there are no holes in the bottom for drainage, I opted for a indoor display and it seemed to fit so well into just about every room of my home. The hardest thing to decide was how to design the plantings.  After toying with the idea of giving the space to my staghorn fern, I ultimately decided that this modern bowl would look at home beside the tub with Echeveria set in like blooming lotus flowers. Here are the instructions to make your own.

Echeveria in Modernica Case Study Bowl with Plinth


  • Case Study Ceramic Bowl with Brazilian walnut plinth
  • cactus and succulent soil mix
  • Echeveria runyonii
  • Echeveria nodulosa
  • Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’
  • Echeveria ‘Ruffles’
  • polished river stones


1. Prepare your succulents for transplanting by cutting the rosettes off the stem with a inch or so of stem and set in a dry area out of direct light. If your plants are new and close to the soil, you can skip this step. If your plants are quite tall with dried out leaves at the bottom, it’s best to cut them and allow the cut end to dry before planting. Leave the cuttings out until roots begin to form, then they are ready to transplant.Propagating Echeveria

2. Fill the planter with cactus and succulent soil mix which is specially blended to drain moisture away from the roots. Echeveria need very little water once established so they should be fairly easy to care for if you are careful not to over water them. It is such a large bowl that I plan to water just the top of the soil from time to time and not worry about adding drainage. If you plan to use your planter outside or are concerned with managing the proper drainage of the plants, you can have Modernica drill holes in your planter before it arrives or follow these instructions for adding drainage and charcoal. Planting Modernica Case Study

3. Tuck in the stems of the Echeveria into the potting mix and water lightly.Modernica Planter

4. Cover soil with river stones.Modern Succulent Planter Modern Echeveria Planter

Now you can set your planter in it’s new home and enjoy the beautiful leaves, and soon the bright coloured flowers that will pop up on happy plants.

Echeveria in modern bowl planter


This contest is now closed. Thank you for all the entries, our winner is Janice who was chosen using the Random Number Generator. Congrats, Janice!

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Cindy
    CindyMay 24,13

    Love, Love, Love all your sites. Your Pinterest is amazing and will be liking and pinning and “drooling” forever. I have shared your Facebook post and followed you. Well done!!! Cheers Cindy

  2. Teal
    TealMay 24,13

    I would love one of these!

  3. Rachel
    RachelMay 24,13

    This is lovely! Helpful tutorial!

  4. Kelsey
    KelseyMay 24,13

    LOVE Modernica’s case study planters!

  5. laura
    lauraMay 24,13

    So beautiful and would love to build the succulent planter.

  6. Cynthia Merriman
    Cynthia MerrimanMay 24,13

    Gorgeous! Those are just stunning…

  7. Julie
    JulieMay 24,13

    I’ve been a long time fan of the rectangular case study planters. The bowl planters are no less striking. I also really like the way they look on the plinth.

  8. Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs
    Meesh @ I Dream of ChairsMay 24,13

    Gorgeous! I love the way you planted yours. I’m bookmarking this page to do mine the same when I win! ;))) Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Bobby
    BobbyMay 24,13

    nicely done :) I like your style!

  10. Jennifer
    JenniferMay 24,13

    Lovely! I’ve done some succulent planting but mainly in “regular” pots… Love the use of the rocks–would also help to keeps pests at bay!

  11. Karen
    KarenMay 24,13

    I’ve had my eye on this planter for awhile! I love it!

  12. Sandra Beck
    Sandra BeckMay 24,13

    Dreams are made of such beauty. Love to win this..Thanks for the chance.

  13. Minerva
    MinervaMay 24,13

    Thank you for the clear and concise instructions with photos. Makes it so much easier for beginners. Also for those having to purchase charcoal, you can get it well priced at pet stores and it works wonderfully for this use as well.

  14. Jackie
    JackieMay 24,13

    The echeveria looks wonderful in that planter, I’d love to win one!

  15. Hanh Huynh
    Hanh HuynhMay 24,13

    Would love to win one!



  16. TuLaRosa
    TuLaRosaMay 24,13

    Love love love! I’d be honored to have this as my first real plant in my work-in-progress MCM living room!

  17. Suzanne Moseley
    Suzanne MoseleyMay 24,13

    Love these little guys! Thanks for posting. Very helpful.
    I would love to win this!

  18. heather v.
    heather v.May 24,13

    I love this! Very helpful info.

  19. heather v.
    heather v.May 24,13

    Also, I’m going to Pin this!

  20. Matt
    MattMay 24,13

    Saw this at the factory sale! Wanted it, but already bought too much to fit in my vehicle. Looks very nice!

  21. sschulte1
    sschulte1May 24,13

    Love succulents, thanks for the tut.
    I alos pinned it and am following you on facebook. Love your boards!

  22. Emily K.
    Emily K.May 24,13

    I’d love to win this!

  23. Sarah
    SarahMay 24,13

    I love Modernica and this planter would be a beyootiful addition to my humble abode. Thanks for the chance!

  24. Sarah
    SarahMay 24,13

    I shared this on FaceBook – thanks again for the chance, Garden Therapy!

  25. Genevieve
    GenevieveMay 24,13

    Ooooh, I want to win! Love this sleek, modern planter. I would definitely put succulents in it as well – such a modern, classy look.

  26. Alicia
    AliciaMay 24,13

    Love it! Want it!

  27. Joni
    JoniMay 24,13

    I love this planter!!! It is great that you are willing to share your ‘extra’ instead of using it yourself!!! I also shared this on Pinterest, Google +, and Facebook

  28. Tammie
    TammieMay 24,13

    Stunning :)

  29. Nathan
    NathanMay 24,13

    Wining this will be awesome :)

  30. John
    JohnMay 25,13


  31. Jennifer
    JenniferMay 25,13

    Beautiful planting!

  32. Donna Shipley
    Donna ShipleyMay 25,13

    This planting is beautiful and I really appreciated the tutorial about transplanting Echeveria, I knew I should let the cut dry a little before replanting, but had no idea it should just sit there till it grew roots!!! I will try it. Thank you! :)

  33. Cheryl Greninger
    Cheryl GreningerMay 25,13

    These looked so beautiful! And, I especially liked your explanation on how to divide the succulents. How long does it take to get roots on them? I have some succulents that have outgrown the space they’re in, so want to divide them and plant them in containers like yours.

  34. Cheryl Greninger
    Cheryl GreningerMay 25,13

    I shared this on Facebook so others can see.

  35. Maureen Mcgrew
    Maureen McgrewMay 25,13

    I love this and it works wonderfully in a desert environment.

  36. Mamavalveeta03
    Mamavalveeta03May 25,13

    I’ve always wanted to do something like this, esp. with succulents, since I have kind of a brown thumb!

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    Mamavalveeta03May 25,13

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    BrianMay 25,13


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    Mamavalveeta03May 25,13

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  45. Jen
    JenMay 25,13

    I’m so going to do this!

  46. Echobean
    EchobeanMay 25,13

    Beautiful, clean and modern. I will definitely repin

  47. ann
    annMay 25,13

    I would love this for a fairy garden for my two young daughters!

  48. Charlotte
    CharlotteMay 25,13

    I might be able to keep a houseplant alive in one of those! :-)
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  49. Helen
    HelenMay 25,13

    Thank you for the instructive tutorial! I have a bunch of leggy succulents that I should trim. What a lovely pot, too!

  50. Linda Teitelbaum
    Linda TeitelbaumMay 25,13

    This is fantastic, I always wondered how these were done.Thanks to you now I know.

  51. Terri J
    Terri JMay 25,13

    I would love this – have done the above, but win a bowl or not, at least I know how to make my own thanks to you!

  52. Laura Stone
    Laura StoneMay 25,13

    So pleased to learn how to root succulents, I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous group of plants for a while and was intimated, but no more! What a beautiful planter, I’m looking forward to researching this manufacturer.

  53. Jessica I.
    Jessica I.May 26,13

    Lovely! I continue to have trouble with certain succulents, but I’ll keep trying! Thanks for the tutorial!

  54. Ashlie
    AshlieMay 26,13

    I am a novice gardener, and I am so happy I found your blog!!! I think I might be able to do this project, might…:)

  55. Ilse
    IlseMay 26,13

    I love it! Where can you buy the echeverias?
    Also, if you open the holes is that what the wooden bottom is for?
    Or what happens if you don’t open wholes?

    Total newbie on gardening :$
    But I still want to participate for the bowl and I’m glad I found you

    • Stephanie
      StephanieMay 26,13

      Ilse, you can buy them at your local garden centre if they sell them in your area and if not then online The rest of the answers on drainage can be found in teh instructions in the post with some links for more info. You will need a tray if you get holes drilled in the pot.

  56. Kathy Auten
    Kathy AutenMay 26,13

    Nice easy to maintain

  57. Jordan Cleland
    Jordan ClelandMay 26,13

    Wow. Beautiful!! Wish I had the green thumb/know how to do this… maybe I’ll try it out

  58. Jordan Cleland
    Jordan ClelandMay 26,13

    I also just followed you on Instagram and Pinterest. Love the pics and ideas!

  59. Debra Hall
    Debra HallMay 26,13

    its so very pretty and seems easy to do as well

  60. Debra Hall
    Debra HallMay 26,13

    facebook fan

  61. Debra Hall
    Debra HallMay 26,13

    i follow on pinterest

  62. Napacasual
    NapacasualMay 26,13

    I love this and need it! Thanks for sharing! Great info on how to shorten succulents!

  63. Sharon Siqueiros
    Sharon SiqueirosMay 26,13

    I didn’t realize you dry out the cuttings first….thanks for the great info and the opportunity to win the gorgeous planter!!

  64. Sharon Siqueiros
    Sharon SiqueirosMay 26,13

    love ya on FB-Sharon Siqueiros

  65. Sharon Siqueiros
    Sharon SiqueirosMay 26,13

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  66. Sharon Siqueiros
    Sharon SiqueirosMay 26,13

    following on pinterest-Sharon Siqueiros

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  68. Nancy
    NancyMay 26,13

    I’m a sucker for succulents! These Echeveria are beautiful in this lovely bowl and would be a perfect addition to our little family :) We have just the spot!

  69. Janice Alexander
    Janice AlexanderMay 26,13

    I have recently started several succulent gardens! This tutorial was very informative and I really do love the bowls!

  70. Janice Alexander
    Janice AlexanderMay 26,13

    I recently started several succulent gardens and fount the tutorial quite interesting! Thanks

  71. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!
    Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!May 27,13

    Beautiful bowl! Looks heavy, and something I wouldn’t be able to resist touching every time I saw it.

  72. Rosie
    RosieMay 27,13

    I LOVE this look and wish I could afford this gorgeous planter. Please pick me for the contest!

  73. sandy gruhn
    sandy gruhnMay 27,13

    Beautiful display and thanks for the “how-to”

  74. Sandra
    SandraMay 27,13

    I’ve always wanted to plan some succulents, but have been scared of their delicate-looking leaves. Thanks for the how-to!

  75. Shawna Coronado
    Shawna CoronadoMay 27,13

    WOW – I NEED this planter. It’s amazing, it’s cool, it’s the opposite of predictable. It shouts, “SHAWNA!”

    Must. Win.


    I’m dreaming of a white bowl and can’t wait to see who wins!


  76. Eve T
    Eve TMay 28,13

    Wow. That is beautiful. I’ll happily win it ;)

  77. Kamille H
    Kamille HMay 28,13

    What a beautiful planter. I would love to do something similar with succulents for my desk!

  78. Julie
    JulieMay 28,13

    Hi Stephanie —

    I’m also following you on Pinterest. Thanks!


  79. ani
    aniMay 28,13

    Thank you Garden Therapy for this easy, do-it-yourself post. Having a great container makes all the difference. Way to go Modernica! Liked it so much, just had to share with our followers on our Paradise Designs facebook page.

  80. Crystal
    CrystalMay 28,13

    This is a gorgeous assortment! I would love to make one

  81. Andrea
    AndreaMay 28,13

    so, are you saying that leaving the top of the plant laying out it will start to grow roots?

  82. Scott Lenz
    Scott LenzMay 28,13

    Was just thinking about trying a succulent garden… Now I’m totally inspired.

  83. Leigh
    LeighMay 29,13

    Your advice couldn’t be more perfect. Six new succulents sitting on my windowsill as I type…

  84. Sheila Corless
    Sheila CorlessMay 29,13

    Great information. I am excited to try this with my succulents.

  85. Dottie
    DottieMay 29,13

    I’ve been on a succulents kick lately as all mine need to be divided. Favorite recent, and rustic, project was a variety in a ceramic strawberry planter. But this elegant bowl from Modernica adds a whole new flavor to the mix. New ideas are brewing, and not just with succulents! Yum!

  86. Courtney
    CourtneyMay 29,13

    Beautiful container & beautiful arrangement!

  87. Courtney
    CourtneyMay 29,13

    I follow you on Facebook too!

  88. Courtney
    CourtneyMay 29,13

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  89. diana
    dianaMay 30,13

    BTW: Love your site, I just put it on my FB page.
    Love that too bad the bowl is so expensive I will try it with something I can afford.

  90. Michelle
    MichelleMay 30,13

    I have a handful of freshly cut succulents for just this occasion – thanks!

  91. Maxus
    MaxusMay 31,13

    I would love to win this!

  92. Lexi
    LexiJune 6,13

    LOVE this! I need more succulents in my life :)

  93. Anne
    AnneJune 12,13

    Love your blog – I have an old shallow terra cotta planter that I think I will spray paint white and try this. Thanks for sharing!

  94. Nadine
    NadineJune 12,13

    Lovely. I just got into succulents after my mum let me pilfer her garden.

  95. Dianne
    DianneJune 14,13

    I just joined your blog. I would really like to win this planter, it is beautiful. I have shared this on Facebook, Tweeted and it and also follow you on Pinterest.

  96. Erin
    ErinJune 16,13

    What a beautiful bowl! One of my very best friends loves succulents and I would love to be able to give this to her as a gift. She is having some health problems and I know it would cheer her up.

  97. JenniferB
    JenniferBJune 17,13

    I love hen and chick succulents- one of my favorite plants to grow.

  98. JenniferB
    JenniferBJune 17,13

    Pinned on pinterest

  99. JenniferB
    JenniferBJune 17,13

    liked you on Facebook-Jennifer Blanton

  100. JenniferB
    JenniferBJune 17,13

    following on twitter- @jblanton41

  101. JenniferB
    JenniferBJune 17,13

    following on pinterest-Jennifer Blanton

  102. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsJune 18,13

    If I win, will you help me plant it? ;)

  103. jane walker
    jane walkerJune 18,13

    I am in LOVE with this planter and succulents and would take care of it forever if I’m lucky enough to win. Thanks for the contest!
    Jane Walker
    [email protected]

  104. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsJune 18,13

    I follow you on Facebook.

  105. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsJune 18,13

    I also shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  106. Haley Pratt
    Haley PrattJune 18,13


  107. Carol
    CarolJune 18,13

    I would have a tough time deciding what to plant in such a gorgeous planter. Shared on Facebook, and followed on Pinterest.

  108. Heidi
    HeidiJune 18,13

    My longtime friend and I love planting and sharing succulents. We even make trips to peruse succulent gardens. She is currently battling a devastating disease and I’d love to bring a smile to her face by planting this unique planter with succulents and giving to her. Thanks for entering me. :)

  109. Kristina
    KristinaJune 18,13

    Beautiful! Would complement my home perfectly with the walnut plinth and the matt finish.

  110. Kristina
    KristinaJune 18,13

    shared on Facebook!

  111. Modern Mia Gardening
    Modern Mia GardeningJune 18,13

    This looks easy enough for me to attempt. I have lots of plants around for the kids but not for me. I’d love a succulent bowl on my desk. Hmmmm, even if I don’t win, this is inspiring me.

  112. Modern Mia Gardening
    Modern Mia GardeningJune 18,13

    Follow on FB.

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    Modern Mia GardeningJune 18,13

    Follow on Instagram.

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    Modern Mia GardeningJune 18,13

    Follow on Twitter.

  115. RK
    RKJune 18,13

    This amazing planter would look wonderful in my living room!!!

  116. MaryGail Nelson
    MaryGail NelsonJune 19,13

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Would love to have this planter.

  117. Erika
    ErikaJune 19,13

    Love it.

  118. Debbie
    DebbieJune 19,13

    Love it!

  119. Laurene
    LaureneJune 20,13

    I love it for the front porch !!

  120. tammy
    tammyJune 20,13

    love this

  121. danielle copeland
    danielle copelandJune 21,13

    Love it! I would add a taller piece in the middle, then a few hanging succulents around the outer edge. What a perfect summer porch project!

  122. Sheila Hines
    Sheila HinesJune 21,13

    Gorgeous! thanks for the chance!

  123. Nicole Stice
    Nicole SticeJune 21,13

    I love this!! Hope I win it. :)

  124. K Rudnyk
    K RudnykJune 21,13

    I love the colors and style. Classy!

  125. Sophia
    SophiaJune 21,13

    What a beautiful planter! It’s so lovely sitting on the wooden base. I follow you on your facebook page. Thank you!

  126. Missio Terra
    Missio TerraJune 21,13

    We’ve pinned it, we commented on Facebook and will certainly tweet! Love this piece!

  127. Sherri
    SherriJune 21,13

    Love this classic look.
    Thank you for sharing how to plant succulents.

  128. Debbie T Mayers
    Debbie T MayersJune 21,13

    My new-found fascination is succulents!

  129. Lou Ann Gehman
    Lou Ann GehmanJune 21,13

    Gardening really is therapy!

  130. Sophia
    SophiaJune 21,13


  131. Jim
    JimJune 21,13

    Beautiful bowl!

  132. Sue
    SueJune 21,13

    I love succulents and would love to win this beautiful bowl!

  133. Sue
    SueJune 21,13

    I started following you on Pinterest!

  134. Sue
    SueJune 21,13

    I just posted this great article on my Facebook page!

  135. Alex
    AlexJune 21,13

    These vases looked like the ones from the history, coming from that famous last supper. Really beautiful, simple and divine looking. And the way you designed your plants, it made it even more gorgeous.

  136. honia
    honiaNovember 11,13

    nice…………………like thanks.

  137. Wendy
    WendyFebruary 16,15

    facinating. Are those also called hens and chickens?

  138. Stephanie
    StephanieFebruary 17,15

    Hi Wendy,

    Not commonly.

    Plants commonly referred to as “Hens and chicks” include ground hugging species of Sempervivum (houseleeks) such as Sempervivum Pekinese, Sempervivum arachnoideum (cobweb houseleek), and Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek); and the related genus Jovibarba. The name is also used for some species of Echeveria, Sedum and Bergenia although these plants differ significantly from, and should not be confused with, Sempervivum and Jovibarba. (from Wikipedia)

  139. William Taylor
    William TaylorJune 17,15

    Good day,

    My name is William Taylor. I would like to order the Indoor Planters from your company. kindly let me know if you have that available in stock please.And i would also like to know the payment methods you accept.

    Thank You

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