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Easy Care Tips for Growing Succulents Indoors

Written by
Amy Earley

Succulent plants make a wonderful addition to any home. Why? Because—a) they’re a super cute way to bring nature indoors and freshen up your living space; and b) they’re virtually impossible to kill! 

(Cue the jumping for joy!). 

Charming, resilient, low maintenance. Succulents possess all the qualities you’d choose in a spouse, really—so how could you say no?   

Despite their amazing, hassle-free qualities, there are a few things you should do to grow succulents indoors and give them the best chance of thriving. 

Here are our top succulent plants indoor care tips…

Choosing the Right Succulents for Indoors

You might be wondering, can succulent plants grow indoors?

The answer is—many can, but not all. While succulents are known for their ability to withstand dry conditions, some species are better suited for indoor environments than others.  

Some of the easiest succulents to keep alive indoors include: 

Echeverias. With their rosette-shaped leaves and stunning colour variations, echeverias are a lovely choice for brightening up your living space. To get them thriving indoors, ensure they have bright, indirect light (with occasional visits outside to soak up those rays!) and well-draining soil.

Portulacas. Also known as moss roses, portulacas are drought-tolerant succulents that will gift you with vibrant flowers in different hues. They require ample sunlight but infrequent watering, making them low maintenance succulent plants suited to indoor living.

Kalanchoes. Kalanchoes are prized for their colourful blooms and thick, fleshy leaves. These hardy succulents can adapt well to indoor conditions but prefer bright, indirect light and well-draining soil to prevent root rot.

Senecios. Senecios are part of the daisy family and encompass a wide range of succulent species, including the popular string of pearls and string of bananas. These trailing succulents add a touch of whimsical to any indoor space and like bright, indirect light.

Aeoniums. Aeoniums—also known as desert roses—are beautiful, small succulents with rosette shaped leaves in pinks and greens. They’re drought tolerant, love a bright spot, and can live inside or outside. 

Crassulas. Crassulas come in various shapes and sizes. They generally require minimal care and can tolerate low light conditions, making them perfect for indoors. But if you’re wondering how big does succulents get, particularly Crassulas, well, they’re bigger than you probably think! While many are truly miniature in size, others, like the mini pine tree, for example, can grow up to 1 metre tall! This beauty will also bless you with clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers during the warmer months. 

Still struggling to decide which succulent is best for your abode? No need to play favourites because they look amazing when displayed as a trio (or more). That’s why one of our best-sellers is a succulent collection—perfect as a gift for birthday celebrations, Mother's Day, or just to say you’re thinking of someone!  

Succulent Indoor Care Tips

You’ve chosen the perfect succulents for your indoor oasis. Now it’s time to not only keep them alive—but thriving! 

So… are succulents easy to care for? They sure are if you follow our plant care tips!

Optimal Light and Placement. Succulents are sun lovers, but they prefer bright, indirect light to avoid scorching those delicate leaves. Position them near a south or west-facing window where they can receive ample sunlight without being exposed to direct rays. 

Watering Wisely: The Art of Succulent Hydration. Watering succulents is a delicate balance. They thrive in dry conditions and can quickly succumb to root rot if overwatered. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, then water thoroughly until moisture seeps through the drainage holes. In winter, reduce watering frequency as they enter a dormant phase.

Container Selection and Soil Composition. Choosing the right container and soil mix is essential for your succulents to grow. Opt for pots with drainage holes to prevent water from pooling at the bottom, promoting proper drainage and airflow. Select a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for succulents and cacti, or create your own by blending regular potting soil with perlite or coarse sand.  

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Despite your best efforts, succulents may encounter challenges from time to time. Here are some common issues and how to address them: 

  • Overwatering. If you notice signs of overwatering, such as yellowing leaves or mushy stems, allow the soil to dry out completely and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Underwatering. Succulents may show symptoms of dehydration, such as shrivelled leaves or wilting. Increase watering frequency, ensuring thorough hydration while avoiding waterlogged soil.
  • Pests and Diseases. Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites, as well as fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Treat infestations promptly with natural remedies or insecticidal soap to prevent further damage. 


Enhance your Home with Succulents from The Indoor Plant Co. 

With just a lil’ attention and care, your indoor succulents will surely flourish. They also make amazing plant gifts for newcomers (and experienced plant-parents) because they are effortlessly easy to look after. 

From Echeverias to Portulacas, Crassulas to Aeoniums, and much more—we’re all about setting our customers up for succulent success! 

Contact our team today if we can assist you with growing succulents indoors, or making the right plant choice for your needs.

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