How To Care For Indoor Succulents

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How To Care For Indoor Succulents. Keep them looking their best with these tips. Not all succulents are suited for indoor growing. Choosing succulents that prefer low lighting will make a big difference in the success of your indoor succulent garden.

You will want to place your succulents near a window that gets light all day. If this isn’t an option, place your succulents near the brightest window or brightest area of your home or office.

Don’t water indoor succulents daily. That’s the quickest way to kill them. Succulents should be watered at least once a week. Some people water more often than this. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the ‘drainage holes’ of the pots.

If you suspect it’s time to water, shove a finger into soil two knuckles deep to make sure it’s dry. When you water, apply enough so it runs out drainage holes. Empty the drainage saucer so plants don’t sit in water overnight. About 95 percent of houseplants need soil to dry out almost completely before watering.

Your succulents are probably under-watered if:

  • the upper leaves are becoming dry and crispy
  • the entire plant has become shriveled (although it is difficult to revive it at this point)
  • many leaves are shriveling at the tips

Stay away from glass unless you know your succulent really well and are confident in your watering skills. The best pots to use indoors are terra cotta and glazed ceramics. Grow your succulents in pots with drainage holes and good draining soil. If succulents are grown in soil that is too moist, they can suffer damage from mold and other unhealthy growths.

Most succulents need very little fertilizer. Watering with a well balanced fertilizer once a month will be all they need. A once-yearly feeding is enough.

Mist your succulents gently every 2-4 days. Although you should usually wait 2-4 days to mist them again, this may be different for each succulent. If you’re not sure how often to mist yours, a good rule of thumb is to wait until the soil is dry to mist it again.

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