How to Grow Succulents Indoors: 7 Tips & Tricks
Beautiful succulents add a touch of nature and life to any room in your home. Many people, however, don’t have the space to grow succulents outdoors. There is hope for those who love them since many succulent varieties grow well indoors. Below you’ll find 7 helpful tips, tricks, and advice for growing these unique plants indoors.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Growing Succulents Indoors
1. Choose Your Succulents Carefully
Succulents live in hot, dry climates. Most succulents need direct sunlight for at least a few hours every day, although a few varieties are okay with low light. Some succulents do better when hung in a planter, and some will spread and cover the entire area in their pot. The point is: make sure you know what type of succulents you’re buying so you can provide the correct environment for them to thrive.
2. Succulents Like a Lot of Air Flow
Air circulation is essential for healthy succulents. Without it, pests like mealybugs and spider mites can damage them. Place your succulents where they will get plenty of fresh air every day, such as near a window or entrance.
3. Use Pots with Drainage Holes
Succulents survive in very hot, dry places because they don’t need a lot of water (they store it in their thick leaves). If you overwater succulents, their leaves will begin to wrinkle, turn brown (rot) and fall off. To avoid that, use pots with holes on the bottom so extra water can drain.
An easy way to know the plant is moist enough is to feel the soil in the pot with your finger. If it’s bone dry and crumbles to the touch, you can drench the pot with water.
Then, let the soil become bone dry again (it will take a few days or weeks). Repeat this pattern of letting the soil get dry and soaking it, and your succulents will always have the correct amount of water to live long, healthy lives.
4. Place Your Succulents where they Receive the Most Sunlight
Placing most succulents where they get at least 10 hours of sunlight per day is critical. Remember, succulents thrive in places like the Mojave and the Sonoran Desert, where they get sunlight from dawn until dusk. They might not need a lot of water, but your average succulent needs a ton of sunshine to stay healthy.
5. How To Tell If your Succulent Needs More Sunlight
Knowing that succulents need a lot of sunlight, one question many have is how to tell if they aren’t getting enough? One easy way to tell is when your succulent starts to grow tall and thin and leans to one side. If that’s happening, it’s usually because the plant is trying to get more sunlight.
6. Use a Well-Draining Soil Mix for Succulents
Even if you water your succulents correctly, the roots can still rot if water doesn’t drain out of the soil. For that reason, it’s best to use well-draining soil. There are pre-packaged succulent soil mixes you can purchase, or you can make your own.
In that case, purchasing a grow light and hanging it above your succulents is a good option. Plant experts recommend a T-5 grow light for best results.
7. Fertilize your Succulents in Spring and Summer
Succulents grow slower than many other houseplants and thus need less fertilizer. The best time to fertilize them is in spring and fall.
To do so, gently remove the succulent from its pot and turn it over in your hand. Then, gently shake some soil loose and gently massage the roots with your fingers. When you place the plant back in the pot, spread the roots one last time with your fingers.
Although several succulent varieties are native to tropical and sub-tropical regions, you do not have to keep the plants outdoors. Compared to other houseplants, succulents require less water and care to develop properly. As long as you provide indirect sunlight, water when the soil dries, and minimal fertilizer, your succulents can thrive for several years.
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