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Tips to Caring for Your Succulents Indoors

November 22, 2021

Tips to Caring for Your Succulents Indoors

Succulents are rising in popularity for several reasons. They are easy to care for. It only requires a space in the sun and can be left on its own with minimal maintenance. They can thrive in practically any environment and come in a wide range of colours, which will undoubtedly enhances the beauty of your home. They're also quite affordable and grow consistently throughout the year. 

However, just because they thrive with minimal maintenance doesn't mean you won't have to look after them. You must know how to care for succulents in the same way that you would any other plant in order for them to remain healthy and attractive.

What Are Succulents? 

Succulents are great indoor plants that add beauty to the home

Succulents are the types of plants that can retain water, have unusual shapes, and have rich textures. Here are 4 of the most common succulents you can find: 

Fishbone Cactus

The fishbone cactus has a blossom that looks like an orchid. When the climate is humid, this sort of succulent grows better. This is more suited for hanging pots due to the trailing foliage.

Propeller Plant

This South African native plant only reaches a height of 2 inches. You'll be able to see its vivid red blossoms, which last for a long time if you set it outside where it can fully absorb the sunlight. It is usually gray or green in colour, and it only has to be watered once the soil has dried fully.

Ox Tongue

The fleshy leaves of the ox tongue succulent variety form a rosette. The leaves are a rich green tint with white specks strewn across them. It has flowers that blossom on long stems. Remember to keep it out of the harsh afternoon sun and to place a bright light over it if you bring it inside.


It has rosette-shaped glossy waxed leaves. It has extremely well-shaped leaves that are frequently mistaken for manufactured plants. It can be planted at any time, and it normally takes a long time to mature. It's possible that you'll have to wait up to 5 years to see flowers in blossom.

Indoor Caring Tips

Taking care of your succulent plants indoors differs from taking care of them outside. Caring for them indoors means you’ll have to deal with the changes in light, temperature, and humidity. Here are some pointers on how to take care of your succulents inside.

Choose a Container That Drains Well

When selecting your pots, make sure it drains well. Use containers that have drainage holes and one that’s at least 2 inches bigger than your previous container. Make sure you avoid using glass containers for replanting because it does not allow the plant to breathe. Make sure to fill your new pot with a pre-moistened potting mix up to ⅓ only. Then put your plant and fill it again with the potting mix. 

Put the Newly Potted Plant in a Sunny Spot and Make Sure to Dry Out the Soil Before You Water Again

Succulents need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day to thrive. Because you'll be growing the plant indoors, it'll need to be near east or south-facing windows. When it comes to succulents, most individuals also make the mistake of overwatering them. You can overwater them if you have a container with good drainage. Allowing your succulents to dry out completely before watering them is the best way to hydrate them. If your succulent is always wet and soggy, it may die.

Regularly Rotate Your Succulents

Because succulents require a lot of light, you'll need to plant them somewhere where it will get plenty of it. Remember to rotate your succulent so that it receives sunshine from all sides. If you're going to be gone for the day, rotate it as soon as you get home or before you leave the next morning so the other side receives some light.

Fertilize Your Succulent in the Spring

Succulents, like most other plants, bloom in the spring and late summer. You may get fertilizers from your local store, but make sure to read the instructions carefully to ensure that your succulents are properly cared for. Fertilizing them while they're most active will provide them with the extra nutritional boost they require.

Factors That Can Damage Your Succulents

Make sure you practice healthy caring techniques for your succulents.

Even while succulents can withstand tough environments and grow with little attention, there are some mistakes that plant enthusiasts make that harm their succulents.

Falling Leaves

Overwatering is what causes the leaves of your succulents to fall off. Too much water can cause succulent leaves to bulge because they store water in their leaves. Before you water again, make sure the first inch of soil on top is completely dry.

Yellow Coloured Leaves

Overwatering and underwatering can result in yellow-coloured foliage. Feel the leaves to figure out what's causing the problem. If it feels mushy and puffy, it's because it's been overwatered. If your succulent, on the other hand, appears shrivelled and wilted, it suggests you haven't hydrated it in a long time and it’s a signal that you do need to water your succulents. 

Dark Spots

Succulents can develop black spots in the same way that your skin can be affected by the sun and develop dark spots. This can happen during a heatwave or if you've just exposed the succulent to direct sunlight. Always allow your succulent to acclimate before exposing it to the sun.

Stunt Growth

The stems of your succulent will become weak and the leaves sprouting from it will be scant if it does not receive enough light. Take into account the position, amount of light, and type of succulent you have to ensure that you get the proper amount of sunshine.

Succulents make excellent houseplants. They're ideal for busy gardeners because they may thrive with little tending. They may also thrive in severe environments. It is, however, necessary to continue to look after them. They, too, require care, just like any other plant. 

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