How to care for your indoor succulents

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How to care for your indoor succulents

Overall, succulents are not very demanding in terms of water and light. They can thrive under indoor conditions with minimal efforts. But if you want your succulents to have the best conditions to grow, there are certain things you need to remember. And here's our indoor succulent care guide.

How to care for indoor succulent

Where to place succulent to get enough sunlight

Along with water, temperature, and soil, sunlight is another important factor for succulent growth. Most succulents need at least 3 hours of light exposure every day.

Positioning succulents in a place to receive morning sunlight is ideal. Afternoon sunlight is not preferred as it is stronger and more likely to damage the plant.

How to care for indoor succulent

It is best to place your succulents near windows and in an angle where they can receive morning sunlight and less afternoon sunlight. Also, keep your eyes on your plants to monitor how plants adjust to their current positions in the house.

When succulents don't get enough sunlight, they will start stretching out to reach the light source. When you notice your plants growing taller while the leaves start to become further apart, it is a sign of stretching. It is not growing, it’s etiolating, and you need to reposition the plants.

And if your succulents are getting too much sunlight or harmful sunlight, their colors fade. They will lose their colors, look dull and in some cases, sunburn scars will appear.

 

Special care instruction: Temperature, Soil, Repotting & Water

We have just talked about light and where to place succulent to get enough sunlight. Now the other three considerations are temperature, soil, and water.

Succulents can live in a wide range of temperatures. It's important to check your USDA zone and your succulent USDA zone to make sure your plant is in the best zones for them to thrive. Generally, extreme weather doesn't do the plant any good. 

Extremely hot weather will make the plants drooping when soil is too dry. And below zero weather will freeze the water stored inside the plant, causing damages to the plant’s tissues. You need to make sure your indoor temperature stay within a reasonable range then your plants should be fine.

Well-drained soil should be perfect for indoor succulents. The soil should be lightweight to ensure the plants will not suffocate and the roots will not get rot when you water them. 

And for indoor use you could add some weak fertilizer during growth season in the soil so that your succulents can grow better.  And it is also important that the pot has drainage hole.

 

How to care for your indoor succulent

And if you decide to repot your succulents for indoor use, give them 2-3 weeks before moving them indoor so that the roots can get used to the new soil or heal from any root damage when repotting.

As succulents thrive well under arid environment, they do not need too much water. Normally, you can water them once a week or every two weeks in the summer and once a month in the winter. How often you water your succulent also depends on the humidity of your area. And during growth season, when you see the soil is completely dry, it is the right time for watering. However, the best way to water succulents is to observe and then decide. 

Hopefully, this indoor succulent care guide will make you feel more confident about moving and growing your succulents inside.

 


6 Responses

Diane Centini
Diane Centini

January 11, 2019

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Succulents Box
Succulents Box

December 25, 2018

@MARSHA PAULSEN PETERS Thank you for sharing!
@DARLENE TAYLOR you can choose terra cotta clay pot.

Darlene Taylor
Darlene Taylor

December 05, 2018

So what pot is the best. I have read clay pots with drainage and a lighter pot with drainage.

Marsha Paulsen Peters
Marsha Paulsen Peters

November 13, 2018

This is just what I needed to review as a new mother of succulent babies in clay pots. With holes.
Previous succulents didn’t thrive much even though I had lots of rocks at base of pot; still too damp, I see in retrospect.
Thank you!

Succulentsbox
Succulentsbox

November 02, 2018

@TINA: thank you for your sharing

tina
tina

October 30, 2018

I grow just all about my succulents inside, except for the ones that are in what i call is the hospital, that way i can keep them away from the others that way I can find out what they need and what is wrong, all the others are inside growing great, i am learning and they all look great! Thanks for the succulents!

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