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Planting a Dish Cactus Garden

Planting a dish cactus garden is easy, fun and quick! As a girl who has lived her entire life in the midwest, I never thought I would be so in love with cacti! This spring my family vacationed in Arizona and I absolutely fell for these majestic plants. I'll be sharing some of my favorite cacti pictures with you, too!

Since this is a Pinterest Challenge, I wanted you to know that I was inspired by Nell from Joy Us Gardens to create my garden. She has a special tip for keeping the needles out of your hands, but you will have to go to her site to find out what it is! 

Along the highway from Phoenix to Sedona
Let's make a dish cactus garden!

Yield: 1
Author: Terri Steffes
Estimated cost: $25

Dish Cactus Garden

How to make a dish cactus garden.
prep time: 15 Mperform time: 20 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 1 dish of your choice
  • 3-4 small cactus plants
  • potting soil
  • smaller rocks
  • medium sized decorative rocks


  • scoop
  • garden gloves


  1. Pull on gloves. Don't miss this step, cactus have needles!
  2. Choose your dish.  My dish is about 8 inches square and three inches deep.
  3. Fill the bottom with small rocks (not pea gravel) about an inch high. Make sure you have a drainage hole, and if not, add one using a drill bit (get directions to how to make a hole in a pot from Google)
  4. Add about two inches of soil with the scoop.
  5. Create a hole in the soil where you want to add the first plant large enough to hold the root system.
  6. Cover the roots with soil and proceed with the next plants.
  7. Add more soil to the top of the dish.  
  8. Add larger, decorative rocks. This will help keep the soil in the dish.
  9. Water once thorough, then water when the dish is dry.


Cactus do like the heat, but you may need to check the soil for watering since these are baby cactus.
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Highway shot again!

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  1. I love this and cactus's are one of my favorites because they don't need a lot of care (and I can't kill them as easily lol).

  2. My husband is fond of cactus these days, while I still prefer the usual plants with flowers. This will be a good creative project for him!

  3. how cool. Love the little garden. I never have tried to grow cactus. I want to try too now.

  4. I want to do something like this. I need sturdy plants in my house lol

  5. Your cactus garden looks great, Terri.

  6. I have never thought to make one of these before - but I notice them when I am at plant stores and think they're cute! I guess maybe one day with you aid, I will try making one myself.

  7. How nice! I might have to get one of these. A cactus is something I CAN keep alive ;)

  8. Cactus are very easy to grow and maintain. Your garden looks amazing!

  9. I fell in love with cacti when we went to Nevada. I was surprised myself but since moving to SC I've seen different ones and they are amazing!

  10. This is such a fun idea of something to do with cacti. I have to admit my parents have some I bought when I was a child planted up a little like this in their kitchen.

  11. This mini garden looks like a lot of fun to make. It would be perfect for my patio.

  12. Anonymous5:04 PM

    I love cacti gardens. This one is so beautiful and I love that it's inside a little dish. What a cute project!!

  13. I made one of these a couple years ago, but I think I watered it too much, because it didn't make it! I will have to try again. Your's turned out great!

  14. They look great!

  15. This is very pretty. What an adorable cactus garden.

  16. I know an Arizona shot when I see one! Tucson is my old stomping ground and I'd love to make something like this.

  17. I live in the wet Pacific Northwest and am wondering whether or not these would survive our dark dreary winters? I tried succulents last year and they all died (sad face). There is just something about these plants that you can't help but fall for. Love your cacti container garden.

  18. How pretty! There's something so charming about "baby" cacti!

  19. I am the worst when it comes to succulents. I love them but I always over water.

  20. This looks great! I have 2 simple cactus and succulents. I think it's much better to make it into this, a pretty dish garden!

  21. How cute is cactus garden! It's such a good idea to make one!

  22. I think that looks great. I would love to make one of these too. I use to have a cactus, but not anymore. I'd love to get one again.

  23. This is a great idea for a centerpiece! An even smaller one would be good for a desk.

  24. Katrina Ellen8:49 AM

    This garden is so very cute. I never would have thought of it to be able to incorporate cactus in decor.

  25. Jenn Mitchell8:49 AM

    This is such a great way to make a centerpiece. I love that it has that Midwest feel to it!

  26. I love cacti, so I love this idea!

  27. My daughter loves cacti - this would be a great gift for her! Not sure how her cats would like it though!

  28. Love cacti - sooooo easy to take care of. My mom didn't pass me her green thumb at all, but she got me started with cacti because she told me it's the one thing I can't kill by forgetting to water. Hehe.

  29. I have several cactus plants and it's time to transfer them to a bigger pot. I like how you used rocks in your planter and I'll have to find out the secret to not getting stuck :-)

  30. Very clever of you to not spill Nells secret. This way you not only give her credit for your inspiration but also gift her with some page views and comments (I made sure to leave her a note!). You might want to let the link open in a new window, though. You don't want to loose your visitors right after the second paragraph. I love how your little cacti dish turned out and your vacation photos are stunning. I think I would enjoy a trip to Arizona one day, too!

  31. Love your cacti container garden

  32. I love cacti, we have quite a few as they are SO easy to look after. I will be checking out the tip on how not to get stabbed!

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