Growing succulents indoors can be a challenging task and, if you’re like me, you’ve sent quite a few of these fleshy, tick-leaved beauties to the void that is the bottom of a trash bag.
But, as soon as you realize that these plants thrive on neglect, your indoor succulent dreams will come true.
So, how do you care for succulents indoors? Here’s the quick overview.
Position your indoor succulents near a window that gets light all day and water once a week or when the potting mix is almost completely dry.
Plant your indoor succulents in pots with drainage holes and use a gritty soil mixture – a 50/50 ratio of potting soil and pumice, perlite or sand. Provide temperatures of 50-80°F (10-27°C) and fertilize once a year in spring.
If you want to take the ‘suc’ out of growing succulents indoors, you have to keep in mind that these aren’t your average houseplants; they’re the teenagers of the plant world and want to be left alone. No room for fussing parents in this house.
Read on to find out how to care for succulents indoors – everything from watering requirements, best soil for succulents, lighting needs types of succulents to grow indoors, possible pest, and much more.
Table of Contents
- 1 Main Requirements For Proper Succulents Care
- 2 Indoor Succulent Care Summary
- 3 How To Care For Succulents Indoors To Keep Your Plants Alive
- 3.1 Choose The Best Varieties Of Succulents To Grow Indoors
- 3.2 Give Your Succulents As Much Light As Possible
- 3.3 Water More, But Less Frequently When Growing Succulents Indoors
- 3.4 Use Well Draining Soil For Growing Succulents Indoors
- 3.5 Plant Your Indoor Succulents In A Container With Drainage
- 3.6 Rotate Indoor Succulents Frequently
- 3.7 Humidity Requirements For Growing Succulents Indoors
- 3.8 Get Rid Of Bugs
- 3.9 Fertilize Your Indoor Succulents Once A Year In Spring
- 3.10 Pruning And Trimming Succulents
- 3.11 Propagating Succulents
- 3.12 Additional Tips To Care For Succulents (And Not Kill Them)
- 4 Related Questions
- 5 Conclusion
Main Requirements For Proper Succulents Care
Care for most succulents is pretty universal, but since we’re discussing growing succulents indoors, the two most important conditions that will ensure your success are light and watering.
Here’s a quick list of the basics you need to know about taking care of succulents indoors.
- Choose the best varieties of succulents to grow indoors
- Position your plants near a south- or east-facing window to give your succulents as much light as possible
- Water more, but less frequently when growing succulents indoors. Most succulents require water once a week.
- Plant your indoor succulents in a container with drainage
- Use well-draining soil for growing succulents indoors
- Rotate indoor succulents frequently
- Get rid of mealybugs on succulents
- Feed your indoor succulents once a year in spring with a succulent specific fertilizer
Indoor Succulent Care Summary
- Light: Indirect to bright light, while some may need direct sunlight for parts of the day.
- Temperature: 50-80 F (10-27 C)
- Humidity: Upper limit of humidity is 40 percent but between 10 and 30 percent is best.
- Soil: Gritty, sandy soil that does not retain moisture.
- Water: Let soil dry completely between waterings. When you water, give a good deep watering, meaning the water should run out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
- Fertilizer: Once a year with succulent specific fertilizer or regular water-soluble houseplant food (8:8:8 or 10:10:10 are best) diluted to half strength.
- Propagation: Dividing or stem and leaf cuttings
Difference Between Succulents And Cacti
Before we move on, let’s just make sure we’re all on the same page. Things tend to get confusing as succulents and cacti are at times used interchangeably.
So, what’s what? All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Basically, cacti are a subgroup of succulents.
It’s confusing I know, but the easiest way to distinguish is to look for small bumps (areoles) at the base of the hairs, spines, branches, leaves, flowers or any other outgrowths on your plant. If you find any areoles, you have yourself some cacti.
Aloe, agave, haworthia, aizonaoceae, crassulaceae, gasteria, sanseveria all belong to the succulent family, but you will find that some species from other plant families will also exhibit some degree of succulence.
How To Care For Succulents Indoors To Keep Your Plants Alive
Now that you know the basics, we can look at the best indoor growing conditions for your succulents in more depth.
Choose The Best Varieties Of Succulents To Grow Indoors
You will find that not all succulents will be part of your growing succulents indoors dream – some of them just aren’t suited for indoor growing.
When selecting your succulents for indoors, it is best to stick to the green variety. I know there are so many bright colors to choose from and it will look absolutely fabulous in the arrangement you have in mind, but it won’t be long before your red, purple and orange succulents start to grow lanky.
Colorful succulents require more direct sun and light than what is usually available indoors.
Talking about light, since succulents like bright light, placing these sun-loving plants in a dark corner is a recipe for disaster. Assess the lighting conditions in your home and sort the type of succulents accordingly.
If you are still contemplating what type of succulents to grow, one easy alternative is to join a monthly succulent subscription plan. This option takes all the guesswork out and you’ll receive all varieties of succulents delivered to your door every month.
For example, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (sansevieria) is perfect for those low-light areas where you are hell-bent on placing a plant – and not just any plant – a succulent! Don’t worry, I get you.
Here are the best succulents to grow indoors:
1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
With it’s fat, trailing stems, the Burro’s Tail is perfect for planting in hanging baskets. Leaves that vary from gray-blue or gray-green can grow up to two feet long.
The Burro’s Tail won’t do well in low-light areas; bright sun is best. Place plant in an area where there is minimal disturbance as the leaves fall off easily.
2. Zebra Cactus (Haworthia Fasciata)
This plant has a lot of bang for its buck. It does not take up a lot of space but is beautiful with its horizontal white stripes. This plant is perfect if you’re a beginner as it requires little to no care.
The Zebra Cactus’s root system is insubstantial and won’t penetrate soil deeply. A shallow pot is perfect for the Zebra Cactus.
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3. Aloe Vera
This succulent’s sap has medicinal properties. It has been used to treat bite wounds, sunburn and other ailments for centuries.
Aloe Vera is best placed in areas where people won’t be able to bump into or touch into it as there are sharp thorns along the margins of the leaves.
This will be another great addition to your indoor succulent garden. Their rounded edges and flat, flower like design will add a feminine touch to any arrangement.
The only thing to be very careful of is overwatering – they tolerate it even less than other succulents and will die from rot. Hens-and-Chicks can survive in light shade, but bright light is best.
5. String Of Bananas (Senecio Radicans)
Mini banana-like leaves growing on long stems – what’s not to love?
This plant is a perfect trailing plant but if pruned back will grow thick and full. String of Bananas requires some filtered sunlight to thrive, so keep that in mind and make sure you have the perfect spot for it inside your home. Make sure to keep this plant away from children and pets – it is toxic.
Lithops are weird little plants you can easily grow indoors. Looking like pebbles, they are perfect for planting with a mix of other succulents that love bright light and even a little direct sun.
Lithops are very easy to care for. Place them in a south or west-facing window but make sure to keep them away from drafts.
7. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera X Buckleyi)
Who doesn’t just love the beautiful plant?
Producing bright red flowers, the Christmas Cactus will be an eye-catching addition to any indoor succulent garden – and if even looks good without flowers!
This succulent does not want to dry out completely before having its next drink. Wait for the top two inches of soil to dry, then water.
8. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata)
You must be wondering what a palm is doing in an article about succulents. Well, you will probably be just as surprised as I was to learn that the Ponytail Palm is actually a succulent!
With its large stem base which resembles an elephant foot and long, thin leaves, this plant will be great as the focal point of your indoor succulent garden. This plant is best planted and then forgotten; let the soil dry out before watering to avoid overwatering.
9. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
If you’re looking for low maintenance and easy-going, look to further. I personally love the Mother-in-law’s Tongue for its air-cleaning properties and have one in each room – something that will not be possible with other succulents because of their light requirements.
That is what makes this plant one of the best succulents to grow indoors – it can survive in the darkest corners and will continue growing and doing its thing.
I water mine once every three to four weeks only, and I have a few in a room without any windows. Amazing right?
10. String Of Pearls
I want to say that growing String of Pearls is the same as growing other trailing succulents, but experience tells a different story. I have killed quite a few from overwatering AND underwatering. It takes practice to get the sweet spot, but once you have, you will feel like giving yourself a gold star.
11. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe Tomentosa)
Fuzzy, silver-gray hair on fat succulent leaves with a rusty border, this plant needs a couple of hours of direct sunlight a day.
The Panda Plant does form flowers but without the help of a grow light or two, it won’t readily bloom indoors. It likes a few hours of direct sun a day and bright indirect light the rest of the time.
12. Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
Plants of the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana family grows best outdoors but given a sunny spot, it can be kept indoors too. This is a flowering succulent, and if you want to be able to boast with beautiful blooms, lighting is crucial. It comes in a variety of colors.
13. Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia Tirucalli)
This African tree can grow up to 6 feet tall indoors! No wonder it has become so popular over the last few years. Word of caution: the Pencil Cactus releases a milky white substance when the plant is injured. This fluid is poisonous. This plant has extra-low watering needs; every couple of weeks only.
14. Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)
The bonsai of the succulent world. With a thick trunk, branches and shiny, dark green leaves, the Jade Plant looks like a miniature tree. With the right conditions and care, the Jade Plant will reward you with white or pink flowers in the shape of a star – but only once the plant matures.
This is one of the succulents that need full sun in order not to get stunted and leggy. Aim for at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.
15. Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria Crinita)
This miniature cactus does not grow taller than six inches. With its pointy spikes and vibrant blooms, it will give your indoor succulent garden some much-needed color. This cactus goes dormant in winter and will need NO water during that time.
Related post: How Fast Do Cactus Plants Grow?
16. Roseum (Sedum Spurium)
The Roseum is one of the fast-growers of the succulent world. They do well planted in containers placed in a windowsill as they require a good amount of light to grow and produce their beautiful clusters of light-pink flowers.
This low-growing succulent will only get to be four to six inches tall, making them ideal as a groundcover in your indoor succulent garden. The good news, this succulent is cold-hardy and will survive temperatures that other succulents won’t.
16. Gollum Jade, Crassula Ovata ‘Gollum’
A favorite of mine – I just love their tubular, ogre-ear looking leaves. Apart from their quirky good looks that remind me of Shrek, this is an easy-to-care-for succulent. It is essential to note that these plants to get thirsty more often than other succulents.
Keep this in mind when planning your indoor succulent garden – you don’t want to place them with succulents that like drying out in between watering. Soil should stay moist – but not wet – during summer and spring. In winter, water only once a month.
Give Your Succulents As Much Light As Possible
By now, you should realize that for your indoor succulent garden to thrive, you will need to have the right light conditions in your home. That is not always possible, especially with our urban, apartment-living lifestyles.
Luckily for you, that doesn’t mean you have to throw the idea of having an indoor succulent garden out your apartment window.
Grow lights have made it possible for the most hard-up plant lovers to bring the outdoors indoors and create their own urban jungle.
Before we dive into the marvel of grow lights, let’s first look at what happens to your succulents when they don’t get enough light.
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Signs Your Succulents Are Not Getting Enough Light
The most notable sign that your succulent is not getting enough light is when it starts to grow lanky. The plant reaches towards the light source, causing it to have a ‘stretched out’ look. This is not an indication of growth, but of low light.
The majority of succulents need at least three hours of direct sun each day. I have found that placing your succulents in an area where their sun needs are met in the morning is much better than putting it where it will get afternoon sun. Morning sun is gentler, and the chance of sunburn is minimized.
Yes, succulents might like a good tan, but like with humans, too much of a good thing quickly turns into a tomato-red and white tan line. In the case of succulents, these tan lines become scars.
If you live in a sweltering climate where the sun is very harsh, it is best to provide filtered sunlight to avoid scorching its leaves.
Succulents that are solid green, pale or variegated are in danger the most of getting sunburnt, where the red, purple and orange varieties will cope in full sun just fine.
Another good tip is to transition your succulents to direct sunlight over a period of time and not just putting them there and hoping for the best. The transition will lessen any chances of sunburn.
Too much sun will also lead to a ‘washed out’ look where your once vibrant succulent is only a former shadow of itself.
Using Grow Lights To Help Your Succulents Grow Indoors
First thing first, do you actually need a grow light for indoor succulents?
Not necessarily, but it might help. For example, I have enough light streaming in through one of my windows that I don’t need a grow light.
However, if I wanted to make a second indoor succulent garden in another space in my apartment, I will definitely need grow lights for my succulents.
Also, as the days get shorter and we get closer to winter, succulents won’t get the same amount of light they did during summer.
This is were a grow light can be particularly helpful to pull indoor succulents through the colder, darker days. After all, the last thing we want is an indoor succulent garden filled with stretched out succulents.
Grow lights will help give your succulents more light during the day, ensuring they stay colorful and compact.
But, it’s not as easy as just plugging in the grow light and turning it on. There are some things to consider.
How Long Should You Leave Grow Lights On During The Winter?
Although most succulents go dormant during winter, requiring less light, when indoors, they will generally appreciate all the light they can get.
The fact is that when grown indoors, succulents don’t really go through true dormancy unless you change its environment indoors to mimic what is going on outdoors.
But there is no need to go to such drastic measures – your succulents won’t hate you for not letting it go to sleep.
As with most plants, succulents require some darkness during the day to sustain their growing cycle. Basically, leaving your grow lights on for 12 to 14 hours a day to imitate natural daylight (plus a few hours) is the magic formula to keep your indoor succulents happy.
Keep in mind that I mentioned above that some succulents require less water during winter months. Since you are in essence, removing winter from the equation, you will need to continue watering as if in warmer seasons.
What Grow Lights To Buy
Google grow lights, and you’ll be flooded with so much information your head will spin; what type, how much light, what color of light, the distance between the light and succulent, etc.
These are all important questions to answer when deciding to get a grow light for your indoor succulents.
Here are some inexpensive and efficient things to keep in mind when buying your grow light:
Type of light should be fluorescent (they are cheap) – CFLs or T5/T8 bulbs. T5 bulbs are more efficient but are not always available. If you’re growing in a small space, opt to use the CFL lights and not tubes as they will fit in normal light fixtures.
- You are looking for a ‘daylight’ spectrum with a color temp of 6500K, but if you want your succulents to flower, you’ll want to use 3000K.
- The fluorescent lights should be 6 to 12 inches away from the succulents.
- The number of lights you’ll need will depend on the size of your indoor succulent garden.
All in all, grow lights are an excellent way to make sure your succulents get enough light or to supplement the light they’re getting in winter.
Since enough light is one of the factors needed to grow an indoor succulent garden successfully, grow lights may be your ticket to success. If you also nail the watering part, of course. But don’t worry, I am here to help.
Water More, But Less Frequently When Growing Succulents Indoors
Succulents mostly grow in arid conditions, but for some reason, as soon as we bring these plants into our homes, we forget that fact and want to water them as we do our other plants.
So, for your succulents’ survival, it is super important to get your watering habits under control.
How Often To Water You Succulents?
The frequency of watering depends on the light and growing conditions of your succulents, and of course, the size of the container or succulent pot. Large containers hold more moisture, while small and shallow pots tend to dry out quicker and will need water more regularly.
Your succulents will need more water in early spring during the plant’s growth phase. During summer and especially winter, you will need to lessen the amount of water you give drastically.
Remember that most succulents go into dormancy in winter, and during this time, you will only need to water the soil when it is completely dry.
This ultimately depends on the conditions in your home, and there is not just one rule covering all succulents in the world.
I’ve had succulents go without water for two months during winter months, and they are still alive and well.
I know this is something that is hard to phantom because as plant parents, we associate love with water. But just stop yourself when you find your hand holding a watering can, hovering above your succulents.
Okay, you’re not an overwater-er but sit on the other side of the coin – you kill your succulents by underwatering them. That is totally possible too; they do need some water, you know?
Water is essential for the health of your succulent plants. It is true that it is better to err on the dry side, but there are some signs you can look for to see if your succulents need a drink.
Wrinkled and shrivelled leaves are a good sign that it is time to water your succulents. Succulent plants store water in their leaves and roots, as these water stores get depleted, the cells shrink to a smaller size, leaving the once plump leaves all dried up.
Signs Your Succulents Are Overwatered
The first sign of overwatering your succulents are the leaves of the succulent becoming translucent or a general discoloration – usually on the bottom leaves. When you touch these leaves, they feel soft and squishy.
The sad thing is that whereas succulent leaves can bounce back from being shriveled up due to underwatering, it isn’t the case with leaves damaged from overwatering. Your succulents will drop these leaves.
The best way to save an overwatered succulent is to take it out of the wet soil, remove any roots that have started to rot or died, and replant in succulent specific soil that is sandy and coarse, and fast draining.
How To Water Indoor Succulent Plants
As mentioned earlier, succulents require less frequent watering but deep watering. This means after letting the soil dry out completely, water until it runs through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
Such deep waterings will give the succulents enough moisture to survive for a long time as they replace the water they store with that in the soil.
Another proven way to water succulents, and the way I personally water mine is from below.
I fill a tray with water and place the succulent pots in the water for 5 minutes – the soil will wick up the water. Then I remove the pots from the water and let them drain.
The reason why I prefer this method of watering is that water drops sitting on leaves after watering from above can cause rot.
It can also lead to leaf burn should the succulent get full sun just after watering; the drops act like a magnifying glass, intensifying the rays of the sun.
Use Well Draining Soil For Growing Succulents Indoors
First thing to do when you get home from the nursery with your new succulent is to replant it in the correct soil. Unfortunately, nurseries use soil that is not well-draining and too rich.
You can either buy succulent specific soil (African Violet mix will also work) or you can take charge and mix your own – making sure that it has just the right drainage and aeration for your succulent houseplants.
The aim is to prevent compaction of soil, so add sand, perlite or pumice to the soil until you have a well-draining mix specific to your succulent’s needs. I like the gritty medium in my potting mix to make up 50% – that way I am sure not too much moisture will be retained, and my succulents will be healthy and happy.
A great tip is to wet the mixture before using it to see if the drainage is what you desire and to make sure it is evenly moist throughout.
Once you are happy with your mix, fill the bottom one-third of the pot with the pre-moistened potting mix, position your plant and fill the areas surrounding the succulent with more pre-moistened potting mix.
Tip: Use a spoon to fill the areas around the plant to avoid any soil getting lodged in between the leaves.
Plant Your Indoor Succulents In A Container With Drainage
Okay, so you have the perfect soil mix, next up, selecting the right pot to house your succulent. The last thing you want is your succulents to become waterlogged – we know that means death.
To avoid this, select a container that has enough drainage holes and is 1 to 2 inches larger than the container it came in.
Opt for an unglazed pot with drainage holes; the water will drain out the bottom and be absorbed by the pot itself, preventing any chance of your succulent sitting in water and rotting.
Glass should be avoided as a long-term pot for succulents as the succulent’s roots won’t be able to breathe and this can lead to root rot.
Related post: Ultimate Guide To Repotting A Succulent
Rotate Indoor Succulents Frequently
Since your succulents will most likely only get light from one side since they are indoors. That is why it is a good idea to rotate them to make sure that not just one side of your plant gets all the light, all the time.
Succulents love the light and will bend and stretch to get more of it, the best way to make sure that your plant does not end up leaning to just one side is by rotating it.
How often you would do this depends on the amount of light your indoor succulents get. If you have the time, you can give it a ¼ turn each day, but that is not always possible when you lead a busy life.
In that case, look for visual signs like the plant leaning to one side. That is a good indication that it’s time to give it a turn.
Humidity Requirements For Growing Succulents Indoors
Considering succulents’ natural habitat – dry and warm conditions – one would immediately assume that humidity is a big no-no.
And usually, that is the case, but living in a humid area does not mean you won’t ever be happy to own a succulent.
Too much humidity, especially when combined with moisture-retaining soil, is a recipe for disaster. It will most likely lead to fungal problems ending with your succulent having root rot – leading to the death of your succulent.
So how do you combat high humidity? And with high, we’re looking at anything above 40 percent.
- Water less when humidity is high.
- Ensure your succulent gets some direct sun in the morning to stop the soil from staying too moist for too long.
- Make sure there is enough air circulation. This will help to move the moisture around the plant as well as dry out the soil faster.
Get Rid Of Bugs
Yip, unfortunately, succulents aren’t immune to pests, bugs, or insects. But luckily, they’re less prone to getting these little critters than normal houseplants are, especially if you don’t overwater.
The two biggest annoyances when it comes to bugs and succulents are gnats and mealybugs. It could be worse right?
Both these pests occur due to overwatering; with gnats being notably more drawn to any wet soil to lay their eggs in.
If you have any infected succulents in your indoor garden, move the affected plants away from other succulents to avoid cross-contamination.
Once you’ve done that, you can spray the soil and succulents with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol or a dilution of Neem oil.
Fertilize Your Indoor Succulents Once A Year In Spring
Your succulents will love you if you feed them ONCE during the growing season (spring). It will give them the boost they need to make the best of the longer, warmer days.
You can get yourself a succulent specific fertilizer or use regular water-soluble houseplant food (8:8:8 or 10:10:10 are best) diluted to half the strength than mentioned in the instructions.
Don’t feed your succulents during winter months when they are dormant. It is a waste of money as they won’t use the nutrients since they aren’t growing.
The reason why you only want to fertilize your indoor succulents once a year comes down to, you guessed it, light.
If you fertilize when the days are getting shorter and hence the succulents are getting less light, you will most probably sit with a lanky succulent.
The fertilizer will boost your succulent’s growth, and it will be reaching for the light more than unfertilized plants will.
Of course, you can combat this by using growth lights and ensuring your indoor succulent garden gets enough light even when the days become shorter.
Pruning And Trimming Succulents
With the right growing conditions, your indoor succulents can quickly outgrow their container. As with other plants that grow unruly and out of control, pruning is a good way of shaping them into back into the size you prefer.
First step is to always remove any diseased, broken or dead parts of the succulent. This will give you an idea of the shape the healthy parts of the succulent are in, and you can start planning where to cut.
You will need clean clippers and a sharp knife. Never use tools that were used to remove diseased leaves or plants on healthy plants as this will spread the problem and before you know it your indoor succulent garden is a barren land. Swab or dip the blades in alcohol before moving on to the next plant.
Wear gloves as some succulents contain a milky sap or spikes that can be harmful to you. I mentioned the poisonous milky fluid found in the Euphorbia genus a little earlier in this article – definitely not something you want to come into contact with.
Long-stemmed and multi-branched succulents can easily be kept small and compact through pruning. What is particularly interesting to me is the fact that you can train these types of succulent to grow in different directions.
To do this, you cut just above a small branch or bud that is growing in the desired direction!
And better yet, these cuttings can then be used to make more plants, but more on propagating succulents later.
Pruning is best done in early spring just before the growing season for most succulents or while dormant for flowering varieties.
This, to me, is one of the joys of owning succulents. You can easily make plants to share with family or friends or to fill up your indoor succulent garden.
You will quickly find that using the plants you already have to make baby succulents is a much easier process than growing them from seeds. There are two easy succulent propagation methods: dividing and cuttings.
Here again, you have two choices. You can either remove plant lets of offsets that are growing on the side of the mother plant, or you can separate plants at the roots.
Both of these ways will leave you with a fully formed plant that you can place directly into soil.
Remember I mentioned that you can use pruned pieces of succulent and start new plants? You will be using this method when you do that.
After removing leaves or ‘beheading’ a tall and leggy succulent, let the sections dry out and callus (I usually leave it for 2 two 3 days). Your plant is then ready to be placed in or on the soil.
If your cuttings are leaves, place them flat on soil and press them in lightly – it is not necessary for any part of the leaf to be under the soil.
You can set it aside and forget about it, and I can almost fully guarantee that when you remember after a few days/weeks, most if not all of the leaves will have roots and even little tiny rosettes growing from them.
In the case of beheading, the head of the plant (with an inch of stem still attached) can be placed in soil after it callused.
Roots will grow after a while, and you will have a brand-new plant. But wait, there’s no need to ditch the stem left behind after cutting off the head – if the plant was healthy, you can expect to see some new growth on this plant too!
See, it’s so easy and fun, in no time you’ll have an indoor succulent jungle.
The most important part of growing from cuttings is the callusing of the area where the cut was made. This will ensure that your cuttings don’t rot during the growing process.
Additional Tips To Care For Succulents (And Not Kill Them)
That covers the most important tips on how to grow succulents indoors. But to increase your chances of success even more, here are two extra tips to consider.
Give Succulents Breathing Room
If it’s a terrarium you want to plant your succulents in, make sure it is an open one. Closed terrariums are too moist to grow succulents in successfully; it will inevitably lead to rot and imminent death. Good air circulation is vital if you want healthy succulents.
Keep Succulents Clean
In order for your succulents to do all the ‘sciencey’ stuff they need to grow big and strong, clean leaves are essential.
Indoor plants will unavoidably gather dust on their surface, and this can hinder the amount of light they get – despite your best efforts.
So, get a damp cloth and wipe away any dust particles gently. You can even use a soft paintbrush to clean hard-to-reach spots.
Why Are My Succulent’s Leaves Turning Yellow?
Overwatering is the most likely reason your succulent leaves are turning yellow. Only water your succulents when the soil is completely dry or when the succulent leaves look shriveled.
Why Are Leaves Falling Off Of My Succulents?
Succulents drop their leaves when stressed by heat or drought. Move your plant to the shade if the sun is scorching hot. If this does not work, your succulent may be dropping leaves due to low light.
When your succulent stretches toward the light and the low-light problem is not corrected, leaf drop will occur, and the plant will die.
How Do I Know If My Succulent Is Dying?
Dried out, dying leaves at the top of your succulent as well as soggy and translucent leaves can be an indication that your plant is dying. Over- and under-watering are the two leading causes of death in succulents.
It’s possible to grow succulents successfully indoors. The three most important rules to ensure victory are: use a well-draining soil, don’t overwater, and give your succulents enough light. Keeping this in mind, you’re well on your way to creating the indoor succulent garden of your dreams.
To Recap, Here Are Five Things You Should NOT DO If You Plan On Growing Succulents Indoors
Not giving them enough light: Succulents need bright light and some direct sunlight to live their best lives.
Watering them too much or too little: Too much water and your plant dies; too little water and your plant dies. You’re walking a fine line. But it’s better to underwater than overwater. Shriveled leaves are a good indication that your succulents need a drink.
Using standard potting soil: Potting soil for normal house plants retain too much moisture and is far from ideal for your succulents. Mix your own by adding sand, pumice or perlite to your soil at a ratio of 50/50.
Not giving them space to breathe: Succulents need good airflow if they are to survive. Cramping them together of putting them in a closed container will be detrimental to your indoor succulents.
Growing succulents that are unrealistic for indoors: Not all succulents are suited for indoor life. You want to increase succulent lifespans as much as possible. Keep that in mind when you select the succulents you plan on using indoors. Glance back over the list of Best Succulents to Grow Indoors above to make sure you choose the right plants.
Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she studied at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. She continued her gardening education by working on organic farms in both rural and urban settings. She started UrbanOrganicYield.com to share gardening tips and tactics. She’s happy to talk about succulents and houseplants or vegetables and herbs – or just about anything in a backyard garden or hydroponics garden.