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Maybe a stupid question, but does anyone else have trouble growing things in tiny pots? I don't know if it's just a coincidence, or the kinds of plants I've tried... but it seems like I can get things to grow in pots with a 4" diameter just fine... but everything I've tried in my smallest pot (with a 3" diameter and a little under 2.5" depth) has failed to thrive. The things I've put in it have come from little 2" starters.

Do pots this small just not work, even for little succulents? It's such a cute little ceramic pot with a drainage hole, I'd hate to give up on it...

Maybe a stupid question, but does anyone else have trouble growing things in tiny pots? I don't know if it's just a coincidence, or the kinds of plants I've tried... but it seems like I can get things to grow in pots with a 4" diameter just fine... but everything I've tried in my smallest pot (with a 3" diameter and a little under 2.5" depth) has failed to thrive. The things I've put in it have come from little 2" starters. Do pots this small just not work, even for little succulents? It's such a cute little ceramic pot with a drainage hole, I'd hate to give up on it...

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[–] SilkySquid [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

I use mostly a mix I buy on Amazon that's 1/4 pine bark, 1/4 akadma, 1/4 haydite, and 1/4 pumice (all with pretty small pieces)... but I've found through trial and error that this mixture is so fast-draining that it will dry most things out way too quickly for them to grow, so I usually mix in a tad of a regular potting mix soil too. I'd guess if anything that it's underwatered, but there was a point when I thought it might be overwatered (because by now I've torn my hair out trying to figure out what's up with it).

Haha... maybe I should just post a photo and see what people think is wrong with it. When I got this plant a year ago, it was so beautiful and lush.

[–] gold_bee 2 points (+2|-0)

I know the feeling when your beautiful plant won't thrive!

I haven't had a dragon's blood stonecrop but since it's a creeping variety maybe she just doesn't have room to creep with a small pot. A wide, shallow pot, like a planter bowl, would let her grow horizontally.

Anyway, a photo might really help!

[–] SilkySquid [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

Okay, I went ahead and posted a photo... but I'm pretty embarrassed by how ugly it looks at this point. :P