Succulents are plants with thick, fleshy stems and leaves that store water. These plants are able to survive on limited water resources, such as dew and mist making them tolerant of drought. There are many different varieties succulents available and growing them at home is more popular than ever. However, keeping them alive indoors is tricky, even planting them also becomes an issue especially if you’re a beginner.
So, if you want to grow these wonderful succulents indoors, you must know what kind of soil they need for its healthy growth or what type of plant is best to choose. If you aren’t aware of these things, keep on scrolling to know answers in this article.
How To Plant Succulents Indoors?
Planting succulents is same like planting other plants in pots. Make sure the pot has proper drainage holes or plan to lay them on their sides after watering to allow excess water to drain out completely.
What Kind Of Soil Do Succulents Need?
- Succulents easily survive in mixture of potting soil and some type of gritty material like pumice and coarse sand.
- However, the ideal mixture depends on which kind of succulent you’re planting. Some succulents love swear by extremely gritty mixtures that contain no potting soil at all, as this soil reduces the risk of rot even further.
- Make sure the store bought succulents should be repotted as soon as possible, as they’re often planted in soil that retains too much moisture which can cause rot or might clump around the roots.
When planting succulents for the first time, you will notice how shallow and brittle their roots are. So, gently loosen the soil and add little amount of soil near the roots using your fingers or blunt end of a pencil. Then cover the surface with sand and allow the plants to dry a few days before watering.
Caring For Succulents Indoors:
Indoor succulents grow best in bright light. If you see the leaves scorch in direct sunlight, provide them shade with sheer curtain if grown in south or west facing window.
Standing water can easily kill your succulent before you even notice something is wrong. Many succulents prefer using terracotta pots, where they can evaporate water easily. They also have drainage hole, which is another must when it comes to succulent planters.
If you don’t want to keep them in terracotta, just make sure to look for a planter with a hole in the bottom or drill one yourself.
Water enough to keep the plants from shriveling, and avoid buildup of harmful dissolved minerals and fertilizers. And many indoor succulent’s plants grow slowly especially in cooler and darker winter months. So they don’t need much fertilizer other than light feeding in the spring or winter.