How to Care for Succulents Indoors

by Lisa Coflin Heisner 05/17/2020

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Caring for indoor succulents is not as intimidating as it may seem. Even though growing them can be a challenge, there are lots of care tips that could make things easier. Succulents are not the ideal plants to grow indoors but that should not stop you from growing them. With the right care, they can flourish to their full potential. Keep reading to learn about a few ways to care for your indoor succulents.

1. Choose the Right Succulents

Even though succulents are cute, they may not all be appropriate to grow indoors. Go for succulents that can grow well in the absence of full sunlight. Indoor succulents that thrive are suited to shady areas. Avoid brightly colored succulents thrive in direct sun which may be difficult to attain indoors. Some of the best options include Gasteria and Haworthia.

2. Water More but Less Often

Watering is one of the biggest challenges when growing succulents indoors. They require lots of water to grow but you should not water them as often as other indoor plants. They thrive when you use the ‘soak and dry’ method.

3. Pick the Right Container

When repotting your succulents, use a container with a drainage hole. It should be one to two inches bigger than your nursery container. Do not use glass containers as they could cause root rot over time. Go for containers that allow the roots to breathe.

4. Pay Attention to Lighting

Succulents naturally need lots of light, a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight every day. When growing them indoors, place them close to windows in the brightest parts of your home. If you notice that your succulents are stretching, they may require more light. Move them to a brighter area.

5. Fertilize Them

Fertilize your indoor succulents at least once annually. The best time to fertilize them is in the spring. You may fertilize them again towards the end of summer. Since they are dormant in winter, you don’t have to fertilize them during that period.

6. Water Correctly

The correct way to water your succulents is directly into the soil. Use enough water to soak the dirt. Avoid watering succulents with spray bottles as it could cause moldy leaves.

7. Eliminate Bugs

Indoor succulents rarely attract bugs. However, they may be a problem in rare circumstances. Gnats are the most common bugs that may affect succulents especially if the soil is too heavy. One of the simplest ways to fix it is by having a proper drainage system.

Indoor succulents add color and texture to your home. They have minimal requirements and they can improve the energy in any room. Have fun with the process of growing them and do not put too much pressure on yourself. After all, succulent gardening should be a relaxing and fun process

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Lisa Coflin Heisner

A professional, licensed Realtor with the Coflin Team with RE/MAX All Star, Lisa Coflin Heisner belongs to a family with decades of experience in both the real estate and mortgage industries. Following three generations of Tampa Bay natives before her, Lisa has lived and worked in Pinellas County for 18 years and knows and dearly loves this beautiful region of Florida. With an extensive background in secondary education and knowledge of the real estate business, Lisa provides guidance, information, and assistance to help her clients navigate the complexities of the real estate market. She is passionate about serving others and helping people achieve their home-ownership and real-estate investment goals.