A succulent is a terrific sort of plant to have around the house, whether you’re a plant newbie or a seasoned plant care who has been caring for plants for many years. Although there are several types, the most of them require comparable plant care.
We’ll look at how to care for succulents that prefer to sit in the sun while keeping them indoors in this article. We’ll briefly discuss if and how to grow succulents outside, as this may be possible depending on where you live, but we’ll concentrate on succulent care indoors.
Watering a succulent is the most crucial aspect of its care. Succulents thrive in warm, dry regions with plenty of sun. When you don’t live in a warm, dry region, the best way to cultivate a succulent in your home is to match its natural habitat as closely as possible. One method to accomplish this is to make sure your succulent isn’t watered too frequently. When you don’t water it for weeks at a time, it really flourishes.
Watering succulents too frequently may lead them to get overwatered, which will eventually kill them. You may need to water your succulent even less if it is in a location where it does not receive direct sunlight. Succulents store a lot of water in their stems and leaves, allowing them to last for weeks without water. It will require more water in the summer than in the winter since it is warmer and moisture evaporates more quickly. In the summer, only water it once every two weeks, and once a month in the winter.
For example, if you have a succulent that thrives in a darker area with no direct sunlight, you should water it less frequently. When the sun doesn’t warm up the soil and the plant as much, the moisture in the soil doesn’t evaporate as rapidly. It’s ideal to only water your succulent once a month if you keep it in an area like this. You’ll be less prone to overwatering your succulent now.
Put the potted succulent in a bright spot
It’s difficult for succulents to get adequate sunlight when they’re kept indoors. They require around 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight every day when they are outside.
Indoors, though, you’ll want to plant your succulents near a window that gets enough of light throughout the day. Place your succulents near the brightest window or brightest part of your house or workplace if this isn’t an option.
Select a container
Use a container with a drainage hole that is at least 1 to 2 inches bigger than the nursery container for repotting. As a long-term potting solution, avoid glass containers (such as mason jars or terrariums), as they don’t allow roots to breathe and can cause root rot over time. Fill one-third of the container with pre-moistened potting mix, then place the plant inside and backfill with additional potting mix.
Succulents like dry settings, as we’ve learned. Watering your succulent sparingly is one approach to attain this dry climate, but using a well-draining soil mix is a more effective one. Your succulent’s ideal soil drains water fast so it doesn’t linger in water for lengthy periods of time.
A succulent or cactus soil mix is the best pre-packaged soil mix. Of course, you may do it yourself by amending your soil with sand (big grains, not fine sand) or perlite. This ensures that the water is promptly drained and that none of it remains in the soil. Your succulent need a dry atmosphere to grow, and soil plays an important part in this.
Fertilizer may be used to grow your plants in growing more swiftly. Is this also applicable to succulents? In a sense, you could fertilize a succulent once a month, but you don’t have to. Once a year, at the start of the growth season, you can fertilize it (spring). It will be able to utilise the nutrients straight immediately to grow.
Succulents are slow-growing plants, so fertilizer can assist a bit, but not enough to make your plant grow faster than other houseplants.
In the winter, it’s important to take succulent care of your plants.
In the winter, caring for a succulent is comparable to caring for it in the summer. You must still ensure that they receive adequate sunlight and do not receive excessive water.
The only difference is that you’ll have to limit how frequently you water your succulent. Because the moisture does not evaporate as fast in the winter as it does in the summer, you should water it once a month rather than every two weeks. Because your plant will take less moisture and dissipate it more slowly than in the summer, good drainage is even more vital now.
Because of the shortage of sunlight in the winter, you may need to transfer your succulents to a windowsill to ensure that they get adequate sunlight. If your succulents are currently on a windowsill, there’s no need to move them because they’re getting the maximum amount of light for the season.
Tips for Caring for Succulents Indoor
Is it possible to plant succulents in sand?
Though succulents appear to survive on sand in the nature, they really demand loose, rocky soil and grow nutrients to thrive. Sand, when used alone, has a propensity to compress with time, resulting in excessive water retention in a container. A succulent’s optimum potting media is a cactus and succulent-specific mix of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite/pumice, or a well-draining combination of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite/pumice.
Is it possible to grow succulents from seeds?
Yes. Succulent seeds may be sown indoors in light, moist soil (much like other plant seeds), but they grow more slowly and take six to a year to reach transplant size.
Why are the leaves on my succulent coming off?
The lowest leaves on the stem (those closest to the potting mix) will ultimately wilt and drop, as they do with many plants. This is completely normal and nothing to be concerned about. It might be a sign of overwatering, pests, or illness if the uppermost leaves are dying.
Succulents are wonderful plants for both beginners and seasoned gardeners. They’re low-maintenance plants that flourish if you leave them alone for weeks at a time. When caring for succulents, there are a few things to keep in mind. Succulents are extremely sensitive to overwatering and freezing temperatures, which is one of the most crucial things to remember.
To keep succulents happy, water them sparingly and provide them with as much sunlight as possible. Depending on where you reside, you can grow succulents outdoors. You can grow succulents outdoors if you live in a warm climate with little frost in the winter and little rain, but you can only grow winter hardy succulents otherwise.
Succulents are an excellent addition to any plant collection, no matter how vast it is right now. When you maintain succulents happy, they will grow slowly for many years and will be continuously lovely plants.