Succulents are particularly well suited for indoor environments. Because they store water in their fleshy leaves, robust stems, and large roots, they thrive in drier conditions. Unlike other houseplants that grow well with higher humidity especially in the winter, succulent plants are happy in your house year-round.
These popular ornamental plants include many different varieties of leafy plants and cacti. We love succulents because they have such a wide variety of beautiful, distinct shapes, textures and structures. They are the perfect living decorations for any home.
With just a few helpful tips, anyone can grow healthy succulents inside.
Choosing the Right Succulents
It’s important to select the right kind of plant for an indoor environment. Even among succulents, some grow better than others inside. For best results, choose a variety that doesn’t require full sun and is mostly green in color. Though succulents come in many shades, the more colorful varieties tend to prefer outdoor conditions. You can also try a few different types of plants to see which grow better in your home.
Best Types of Succulents to Grow Indoors
We’ve provided a list of some of the most popular varieties for an indoor setting, but don’t feel limited to these recommendations:
- Burrito Sedum
- Zebra Plant
- Star Window Plant
- Jade Plant
- Lace Aloe
- Medicine Plant (Aloe vera)
- Crown of Thorns
- Panda Plant
- African Milk Tree
- Sansevieria or Snake plant
Select the Right Container
Remember that succulents like to have plenty of air circulation and rather dry soil. Pick a pot or vase that is breathable for the plant. Most succulents have relatively shallow root systems; therefore, the pot doesn’t need to be very deep.
It should also have good drainage so that the soil doesn’t get soggy or remain wet for a long period of time. For this reason, glass containers and glazed pots may not be the best options.
Provide Plenty of Light
These arid plants grow well in hot, dry climates. So, pick a bright spot with plenty of indirect sunlight. Even if the variety of succulent that you have chosen doesn’t need full sun, it will do better with more light. Winters are long in Ohio, so be sure to situate your plant near a window that faces the south or eastward. In the summer, you can also consider transferring it to a protected spot outdoors where it won’t get too much direct sunlight.
When there are other plants nearby or sharing a pot, consider the amount of sun that the succulent gets. Avoid diminishing its light by overcrowding the plants.
Ensure the Soil Drains Well
Succulents usually grow in sandy areas and grow best when they have soil that drains thoroughly. To replicate its natural habitat, first, make a bottom layer in the container of rocks or pebbles. Then, choose a dry soil mix or make your own by combining sand and potting soil. You could also try cactus soil mix. Finally, don’t pack the soil in too close to the roots when planting it.
Because succulent plants are able to store large amounts of water in their roots, stems, and leaves, they don’t need to be watered every day. In fact, that is a quick way to kill the plant. Instead of regular watering, succulents like to have their roots drenched with water and then to dry out in a short amount of time.
If you’re unsure that you are watering it too often, look for signs that your plant is drying out. The succulent will start to wither, shrink or show puckered leaves; this means that it’s time to water it again. You should also feel that the soil is dry even below the surface before rewatering. In the winter, most varieties of succulents have a dormant season in which they will require even less water than usual.
When you water the plant, remove it from the drainage saucer. You can place the pot in the sink or tub in order to contain the mess. Then, pour enough into the container that you can see it flowing out of the drainage holes. It’s important that the pot has time to drain thoroughly and that the plant isn’t kept sitting in soppy soil or a full drainage pan. If you have a heavy hand at watering, like I do, and are afraid of over-watering your succulents, you can mist them weekly when you water your other houseplants. The most common problem we see when people bring us their plants to “rescue” is over watering.
Fertilize to Boost Growth
Fertilizing succulents should support their natural growth cycle throughout the year. Succulent plants grow the most during the spring and summer. They tend to grow more slowly in the autumn and barely at all through the winter. Knowing this, you should feed your plant monthly in the warmer seasons, less in the fall, and not at all during the winter. Read the label, but most standard fertilizers for houseplants are fine for succulents although the dosage will be much lighter.
Get Your Green Thumb
Dietz Floral Studio believes that plants make every day special. That’s why we are passionate about teaching others how to grow and care for their own beautiful plants and flowers. Find out when our next hands-on floral design workshop will be held. You can contact Dietz Floral Studio in Cuyahoga Falls online or by calling us at (330) 892-9146.