No matter what climate you live in, it's easy to get succulents to grow and thrive inside of your home, office, restaurant or store any time of the year.
Indoor succulent plants are in fact so easy to maintain, they actually require a certain amount of neglect!
While you’ll want to avoid overwatering and placing them in dark corners, they're relatively easy to keep alive just about anywhere as long as they have sunshine and the right kind of soil.
Here are five super-simple tips that will help your succulents thrive and grow happily indoors all year-round:
The first thing you'll want to do is repot or move your succulents from the nursery containers you purchased them in or from any other container that doesn’t have a drain hole.
Drainage holes are important because succulents don't thrive when they sit in wet soil. Concrete or terra cotta pots are the perfect vessels because they dry quickly, they pull out water from the soil, they're breathable, and they prevent water from building up. You can also plant succulents in ceramic, plastic, or metal containers—as long as there's some sort of hole for drainage. Glass containers are okay too, but they're not as easy to work with.
Plant your indoor succulents in containers with drainage holes and surround them with soil that dries quickly (more on that below).
Soil with good drainage is crucial for succulents. Since indoor environments don’t offer as much air circulation around indoor pots, using the right soil is extremely important for the health of your indoor succulents. To ensure that your succulents are growing in materials that pull the water away from them, you’ll want to plant them in quick-draining soil that doesn't hold water.
You can purchase quick or fast draining succulent soil mix at any local hardware store, orchard or nursery or buy a gritty succulent soil mix which will make it even easier to ensure you don’t overwater your succulents.
Alternatively, if you already have gardening soil at home, you can add pumice or perlite to your mixture, both of which you can buy at your local nursery.
Succulents need to be planted in soil that provides great airflow and allows the soil to dry out easily.
Generally, your succulents should get as much indirect sunlight as possible. Succulents need at least 6 hours or so of sun every day. This is usually one of the most difficult parts about growing succulents indoors, especially in the winter, as it’s almost impossible to grow succulents without some stretching (i.e. when succulents begin to grow tall and stretch out because they aren’t getting enough sunlight).
First, choosing succulents that prefer low lighting will make a big difference in the success of your indoor succulent garden.
For example, Haworthias and Gasteraloes are two genus of succulents that do especially well indoors.
To successfully sun your succulent plant(s), be sure to place them near an east, south, or west window that gets a few hours of direct sun.
You’ll want to keep your plants as close to the window as you can, but be careful not to let them get sunburned if the light from the window gets too hot. This tends to happen most with south facing windows (which tend to get the most light if you’re in the northern hemisphere), so provide shade with a curtain if grown in a south- or west-facing window.
If your succulents aren’t getting enough light they will start to stretch. Move them to another window that gets the most sunlight throughout the day or cut off the top if they stretch too high and propagate it to get more baby succ’s.
If there isn’t anywhere that gets brighter light (or more hours of light), you could try using a grow light to provide more light.
Keep your plants as close to the window as you can and be careful not to let them get sunburned if the light from the window gets too hot.
Many people will tell you that succulents don’t need very much water - but that isn’t entirely true.
Succulents simply prefer dry climates.
Since we know succulents like it dry, overwatering is a surefire way to kill your succulents, and simply spraying them lightly with water will eventually kill them too.
When you water your succulents, drench the soil with water using a pitcher, or even pipettes for teeny varieties ensuring to completely soak the roots. You'll know you've watered the plant enough when water exits through the drainage hole.
Then, because they don't thrive when they sit in wet soil, you’ll want to ensure that the plants dry out thoroughly between waterings to prevent rot.
Remember, succulents don’t like damp environments and will likely rot if their container is routinely saturated.
If you do overwater them, it’s OKAY! Most succulents are more tolerant of being overwatered than cactus plants and if you do overwater them, many succulent plants can be saved. That’s right, if a succulent plant starts to rot at the base, you can also cut them off above the rot and propagate your succulents to save the plant.
Water when dry (or when the soil is completely dry to touch). Never water when wet, damp, or moist.
As a general rule, succulents like to be warm during the summer and cool during the winter. If possible, keep the indoor temperature in the summer between 70 and 80 degrees and between 50 and 60 degrees in the winter.
Most succulents can tolerate higher and lower temperatures as well, but it’s not a good idea to let succulents get below freezing as this extreme temperature can cause damage to most succulents.
With just a bit of attention and TLC, your succulent plants can easily grow and thrive indoors.
Do you have any other tips for the plant killers among us? Let us know in the comments below!
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