You just bought some beautiful succulents for your lovely home, or your office etc… Now you're probably wondering how do I care for these indoor succulents, and how will they grow and stay happy/healthy.
Growing succulents indoors is not hard at all, but it may be a bit tricky to get used to growing succulents indoors. Succulents do need a good amount of light but they don’t need much water. In fact, most succulents can go weeks without water and still grow healthy.
Growing succulents indoors is amazing because you can use the succulents natural beauty as a lovely home or office decoration. However, at first there are some things you need to remember to successfully grow your succulents indoors.
After reading this article you will know how to exactly grow your succulents indoors, and to keep them happy/healthy at the same time!
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Yes, your succulents need their light to grow, you should give your succulents at least 3 hours of light every single day. This will allow them to grow healthy/happy, just like most plants need their daily light to grow!
It’s best to place your succulents in the area that gets the most amount of sunlight in your home. The best spot would definitely be a window that gets great morning sunlight, and less afternoon sunlight.
Succulents would much rather have morning sunlight than afternoon sunlight because afternoon sunlight is very strong and powerful compared to morning sunlight. Afternoon sunlight may have your succulent get sunburned which you want to try and avoid.
So it is best to place your succulent near the best window/windowsill that gets the most amount of morning sunlight, and then gets shade in the afternoon avoiding the afternoon sunlight.
What is etiolation? Etiolation is when your succulent/plant is not getting enough light, so your succulent/plant will start to stretch as much as possible. No, your succulent is not growing, it is simply stretching because it’s trying its very hardest to find a source of light.
So if you see that your succulent is stretching or growing tall, then your succulent is begging for light, and it needs it asap.
This is why you must place your succulent in an area that is getting enough light, because if you don’t, your succulent will start to stretch or grow tall (etiolation).
Make sure your succulents don’t get too much sun, too much sun may cause a sunburn. Also too much sun will start to dry your succulent up, also will make your succulent turn yellow and look unhappy.
Just make sure your succulent is getting the perfect amount of light. 3 hours a day at least is the recommendation, do not go over 6 hours.
For more information on etiolation, we have a great article that you can read about it.
USE WELL-DRAINING SUCCULENT SOIL
Indoor Succulents grow best in well-drained succulent soil. It's very important that you use well-drained succulent soil so the soil doesn't stay soaked with water for several days. If you overwater the succulent and the soil stays wet and not dry for several days, then mold and bacteria will grow and appear. The mold and bacteria will then attack the roots of the succulent giving it root rot. Root rot is known as the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die.
To avoid mold/bacteria and root rot, you must use well-drained succulent soil. Well-drained succulent soil will keep the soil dry at a very fast rate preventing mold/bacteria and root rot from appearing. Any succulent grower expert will tell you that you need well-drained succulent soil, it's definitely a requirement for growing this succulent and every single other succulent out there.
We use Ramsey Succulent Soil when growing indoor succulents. It is well-draining with sand and perlite and it’s loaded with nutrients, having seaweed fertilizer. Seaweed has 60 trace minerals and nutrients, so your indoor succulents will grow faster, strong, and healthier when using Ramsey Succulent Soil.
The most common main thing succulent beginners all struggle with is watering their succulents. Yes, it is tricky at first because when you're new to growing succulents, right away you think your succulent needs to be watered frequently.
Succulents are drought tolerant plants, they don’t like much water, they can go weeks without being watered. Your succulents don’t want to sit in a puddle for a couple of days, they want a quick drink and then go back to sitting in dry soil.
It’s recommended to water your indoor succulents once a week. It also depends on how your soil feels, and also how your succulent looks. If your soil feels very dry and you haven’t watered your succulent in a while then it might need some water.
If your succulent looks like it is getting dry, like its leaves look dry and wrinkled, also lacking color, then this is a sign of underwatering. If your succulent looks like the signs just listed, then your succulent is begging for water and it needs it asap.
Make sure you don’t overwater, overwatering your succulents will cause root rot. This where most succulent beginners mess up, they overwater their succulent thinking it needs a lot of water. Beginners will most likely water their succulent every single day or 2-4 days a week like a regular plant.
You don’t want to do this, this is why it is recommended to water once a week and not that often. If you water it too much then you will see signs of your succulent looking like it’s growing unhealthy/dying.
Common signs of overwatering would be a rotting/dying look, mushy leaves, also lack of color. If you see these signs, stop watering and quickly treat your succulent for root rot because that’s most likely happening to your succulent.
For more information on overwatering or root rot, check out our articles on them.
Also do not get water on the leaves of your succulent, this will cause your succulents leaves to rot. Signs of this would be black dots on its leaves because water touched the leaves.
Just make sure you water your succulent directly at the soil for about 5-7 seconds.
It is important to keep track of your watering, if you keep track then if your succulent encounters a problem such as overwatering or underwatering, then it will be easier to know what’s wrong.
It really depends on how much water your succulent needs, it’s very important to always check on your succulent to make sure everything is going well.
Growing succulents indoors is very simple to do. Succulents are arguably the easiest houseplant to ever grow all because they don’t need much water. They do need light, so make sure your succulents are getting enough light.
Just make sure your succulent has well draining soil, getting its amount of light, and also not too much water but the perfect amount and your succulent will grow healthy/happy indoors.
Indoor succulents are a great home decoration, so make sure you grow them the right way so your lovely home can look amazing!
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