How To Care For Indoor Succulents


Growing succulents can be a little tricky but with the right care, you can do it! I've definitely gone through the struggles of accidentally killing a succulent or two. It just takes experience to master it!


Some factors to consider before growing your own succulents are: type of succulent, light, water, and type of pots.


Echeveria

Type of succulent

A general rule for succulents is the more green, the better they are indoors. Bright and colorful ones tend to thrive more outdoors because they require more light than is available inside. But if you are able to provide it enough light indoors, go for it! To get you started, here are some examples of naturally green succulents: Echeveria, Haworthia, and Graptopetalum.

Graptopetalum

Light

For most succulents, you want to give it as much sunlight as possible. Indoor plants don't normally get that much sunlight so try to find the brightest spot in your house and place them by a window. If you like to keep your's outside some times, keep it in indirect light. However, once you bring it in, put it on the windowsill. You'll know when your succulents aren't getting enough light because they'll start to stretch. When this happens, they are literally reaching for more sun, causing the leaves to grow sporadically and the stem to grow off to the side rather than straight up. Keep in mind that not every succulent likes a lot of sunlight. For example, Aloe Vera only need indirect light or else they will sunburn by the window. So, do some research before you immediately put it at the window!


If your succulent starts to stretch, try propagating it! This will keep the succulent healthy and get rid of the unwanted stretch appearance.


Water

This is the most tricky part when growing succulents. Often times people just spray the soil with water and forget about the bottom of the roots! It's so important to water more but not as often. For example, I like to fill the clay plates with water and then put the pots on them. This allows the bottom of the roots to take in the water. You can do this once or twice a week (depending on the succulent). There are some types, like Echeveria, that thrive on neglect so don't water them as much as the others.


How much you water also depends on the amount of sunlight. Generally, the more sunlight your plant receives, the more water.


Drainage holes

It is SO important to only use pots with drainage holes. The roots need aeration or else they will rot! The water also needs somewhere to go and if there are no holes then mold will develop. If you really want your succulent in a mason jar, put rocks and charcoal at the bottom so the water will go through and be soaked up. Otherwise, only use pots with holes!


Have more questions about your succulent? Comment below or message me!

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