Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors! These low-maintenance beauties come in all shapes and sizes from 60 families with over 10,000 varieties. Ranging in colour from soft greens to blue, red, and pink, you’re sure to find one perfect for you.
Let’s start by defining what makes a succulent – they have thick, fleshy tissue built for water storage. (Perfect if you often forget to water your plants!) You’ll find them in dry, arid conditions like deserts, making them naturally drought resistant.
Succulents don’t like wet feet, so be sure you don’t leave them sitting in water. I recommend the ‘soak and dry method.
The frequency will vary based on light, type of soil, and how actively your plant is growing, so keep an eye on it and water only when it’s completely dry.
Succulents like lots of light! The ideal is a lovely bright room with a south or west-facing window. If you notice your succulent is leaning in one direction or looks leggy and stretchy, that can indicate not enough light. Consider a sunnier locale or rotate the pot, so a different side faces the sunshine.
Give your succulents well-drained, light, porous soil. Regular potting soil is too dense and holds too much moisture, so choose a sandy mix designed especially for cacti and succulents.
Easy and interesting succulents to start with are aloe vera, jade, and echeveria.
I love Flapjack, a beautiful variety with bright red tips on its leaves. (Keep away from dogs & cats – they are moderately toxic to pets)
While cacti are considered succulents, not all succulents are considered cacti. Cacti have small, cushion-like holes where hair, flowers, and pricks grow from; they have tough, thick skin and seldom have leaves. If a succulent falls into this category is considered a cactus.
Because succulents are desert plants, they like warm, dry growing conditions, well-drained containers, sandy soil and bright light.
Choose well-drained pots with sandy soil, or create a terrarium in a glass container with a mix of succulents and cacti, using moss, branches, or stones as accents.
A soft cloth, paintbrush, or makeup brush will do the trick!
Succulents don’t require much fertilizer – once or twice a year during their active growing season is all they need. A water-soluble all-purpose fertilizer works well.
My favourite indoor plant food is the Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food
Because they are arid plants, succulents don’t require regular misting.
Whichever succulents you choose, they’ll be sure to add a bit of interest and beauty to your home!
Check out my post on How to Care for Your Houseplants for more tips on creating your very own indoor oasis.