How To Care For Succulents Indoors? – An Ultimate Guide On Growing Succulents Indoor

How to Grow Indoor Succulents

Succulents form the bulk of houseplants around the green thumb community. If you didn’t know already, it’s no secret anymore – succulents are trendy.

Like… Really. Popular.

And they aren’t just suited for your garden or porch, they’re more versatile. Succulent plants are perfect ornamental beings to spruce up your interior decor uniquely – think about the shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s almost endless. Can succulents grow indoors? It’s a big ‘Yes’.

That’s already a good enough reason to grow indoor succulents. But you know what, I want to share more with our lovely Succulent Family. Let’s get to it!

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3 Reasons to Grow Indoor Succulents

#1. Easy To Care For

You’re probably already keeping tabs on lots of stuff in your life. It’s a normal thing in life, right?

So the last thing you’d wish for is a plant that demands more of your already scarce attention.

But it’s just better if that plant could brace the occasional neglect so all your time isn’t entirely occupied with succulents, as much as we’d like that to be the case. Plus, a succulent fairs quite well with neglect anyways, and their maintenance requirement isn’t too much.

In other words, you don’t need to dedicate much time to successfully growing indoor succulents. You’ll see this as you read more. Let’s continue!

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#2. Require Less Space

Succulents are naturally compact plants (pun intended) – for a more significant part. They can stay in their assigned spots for a good deal of time indoors so long as they’re in the right circumstances with sunlight, soil mix, and watering.

The compactness of indoor succulents is enormous, especially if you prefer renting apartments, like most millennials, for example.

If any reason, the lack of space commitment to growing indoor succulents can’t be a better reason to grow indoor succulents and spice up your already beautiful apartment or home. Check out these space-saving wall planters!

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#3. Open Up The Nature Vibe

As part of the urban setting, you’re more or less surrounded by technology most of the time. At your workplace and back at your house. And most likely, nurturing a garden is out of the question unless you’re already a thriving green thumb.

So how do you get to experience a connection with the natural? Or maybe, something close to that?

We’d recommend something like growing indoor succulents.

How To Grow Indoor Succulents

Succulents are super easy to grow! But even with this simplicity, there are guidelines to be adhered to. Here are a few to help you successfully grow indoor succulents.

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#1. Choose The Right Succulent For Indoor Growing

Succulents can indeed grow anywhere. But to get the best results out of your plants, arbitrarily choosing species won’t cut it, unfortunately. For beaming plants, selecting the ideal succulent species for indoor growth makes your work much more manageable.

Aside from that, it also helps if you define what you’re looking for in your indoor succulents.

  • Are you looking to grow indoor succulents in hanging planters?
  • Or maybe the perfect succulent for that tiny extra space?
  • One that can reach a considerable size?
  • Varieties that can be mixed up for pretty indoor succulent gardens?

Whatever it is, to grow indoor succulents that serve in the way you want, give some thought to the types you choose.

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For a general case, here are common indoor succulents and complete guides we’ve written on how to take care of them:

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#2. Enough Open Space

This is essential, especially if you want to grow indoor succulents in a single planter. Individual plants should have enough space for air circulation. But most importantly, ample space allows each of them accesses to enough light – an equally significant aspect.

A helpful guide on this: How Close Can You Plant Succulents?

#3. Ideal Lighting Conditions

You don’t want your babies to end up with elongated stems, pale and bent. That’s their likely fate indoors, where the amount of light is considerably reduced. And that means you must be on watch when you grow indoor succulents to ensure they grow into their intended forms – colors and sizes.

Be sure to place them near a sun-lit window for up to 6 hours per day. If that isn’t an option, place your plant in the brightest location in the room.

For both of the above cases, rotate the pot now and then so that the plant isn’t getting light from one direction. You’ll curb stretching out that way if you consider this. No need for etiolated plants here!

Don’t you think your home could provide ideal lighting for your plant? You should try this dimmable plant light with a timer. This is one of our favorites as so much is adjustable, so our plants always get what they need.

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#4. Planting In A Clay Pot Is The Perfect Choice

Indoor spaces are already clogged up as far as free air circulation is concerned. And using a glass container doesn’t help the situation – for the roots. Same for succulent terrariums, they look nice, but for long-term care, it is not the ideal situation for indoor succulents.

For clay, the aeration is just the perfect addition to successfully growing indoor succulents. First, it helps the potting medium dry out faster, something that your succulents will thank you for as water-logged soils aren’t precisely their bread and butter.

Secondly, the roots will get a fresh air supply for as long as they are in that pot. And that boosts not just their health but also that of the plant. And who won’t be happy to grow indoor succulents that are good-looking?

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#5. Well-Draining Soil Mix

For those that don’t know, you don’t want to fill up the pot with regular potting soil, it’s not ideal for your succulent babies! Yes, succulents are houseplants, but with a preference for a dry medium.

Regular potting soil doesn’t guarantee this dryness as they retain too much moisture for succulent plants. Your plant will surely die if it were to stay in that soil for some time.

The best soil mix to grow indoor succulents in should drain out quickly. Get a commercial cactus/succulent mix that is perfect for this.

Alternatively, you can combine your well-draining mix by combining quantities of regular soil mix, coarse sand, and pumice. It will still serve you as the commercial option above in your bid to grow indoor succulents.

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#6. Watering

Your indoor succulents could do with some water, but not too much. Succulents are delicate when it comes to water, be mindful of this!

To grow indoor succulents to their full glory, spread out your watering over long periods to ultimately allow the soil mix to dry out.

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You can use your finger to ascertain if it’s time to give your plant a drink. Gently dig into the soil mix and feel for any presence of moisture. It should be dry before you think of going ahead with the watering.

And when doing it, go all in. Give your succulent plant a heavy shower until the water flows through the drainage holes at the bottom.

Also, if it’s winter season, reduce watering to once or twice a week. You don’t need gallons of water to grow indoor succulents. Let’s just say succulents are also water bill friendly!

A helpful guide for your read: How Often Do You Water Succulents? The Complete Guide On Watering For Succulents

#7. Be Hard on Pests

Pests are going to have a smooth ride with the general calmness indoors. And you know what will happen if you allow them to reign supreme.

Outdoor succulents can be saved with the winds, rain, or irrigation. But to grow indoor succulents without the bother of these little rioters, it’s vital that you be vigilant. Observe the leaves and stems of your succulents for any of them and take immediate action when you see them.

They include mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects. A mixture of rubbing alcohol and water is a perfect killer. Use a piece of cotton to apply the mixture to the affected areas. That’s how you grow indoor succulents devoid of pests.

#8. Where to place succulents indoors

Generally, place your plants in places with a guaranteed constant temperature. So you’ll want to avoid keeping them near electronics and at the doors.


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That’s it! You don’t have to commit much time and effort to grow indoor succulents successfully. Caring is just as simple as following the steps you just read above.

With a bit of neglect and the right growing conditions, your succulents will thrive beautifully indoors.

Indoor Succulent Care In Winter

#1. What Winter Brings With It

Before delving into the care regimen you’ll need during this season, it’s essential to have at least an idea of why the needs of your succulents change. In other words, the low temperatures affect the plant and the surrounding conditions.

First, many indoor succulents have varying growth patterns during this year. That means some of them will be:

  • Actively growing – the needs will remain constant; hence, you can keep on with the usual care routine. Haworthia, Aloe, and Aeonium are some indoor jewels that keep growing in winter.
  • Partly dormant – the plant is still growing but at a slower rate. That means you have to reduce necessities like water and fertilizer.
  • Or fully dormant – the plant has completely stopped growing. You may have to withdraw or reduce by a significant amount of the growth requirements. For instance, watering can be done only once or twice for the whole winter season, and no fertilizing at all. When the dormant period comes, many people get concerned about their succulent health. 

Secondly, a couple of natural growth requirements become scarce, light being the most prominent. That calls for additional steps to try and maintain those optimal growth conditions. And the other steps are exactly what we’re going to look at.

Make sure also to check out our similar piece, “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter,” to see different tips for taking care of your succulents during the cold weather.

#2. Caring For Your Indoor Succulents In Winter

Do everything mentioned in the ‘How To Grow Indoor Succulents’, plus these few steps:

2.1/ Identify the brightest spot in your house for the succulents

Naturally, there is much less light indoors, and winter only worsens the situation. So you should pay attention to the light aspect to keep those babies in good shape – even if some of them aren’t growing.

This will be relatively easy if you’ve made an effort to group your plants as per their requirements – light in this case. Some succulent types like the HaworthiaSenecio, and Crassula can still do fine in low light. So you’ll be on the right to dedicate these to a spot that isn’t that much lit.

For those that require more light, reserve the brightest spot in the house for them. This will most likely be a sunny window. And while at it, be sure to rotate the pots regularly so that the rays hit the plant all around. This prevents both stretching and discoloration.

But sometimes, the brightest window might not also cut it in shining enough light on your plants. The number of hours the sun is up can be little – less than 3 hours per day.

In such a case, a grow light will be your savior. Grab one ASAP and have your succulents soak up those rays – and keep your interiors beaming with plant life.

Don’t let the lights on throughout the day. Take care of your indoor succulents by providing about 8 hours per day for them to thrive. A full 24 hours of light will interfere with the growth patterns, and hence the health of the plant. Those few hours of darkness every day are also beneficial.

Our article “How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents” is really helpful if you are new to growing indoors.

How to Care for Indoor Succulents During the Winter
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2.2/ No fertilizer

That is for dormant winter types. Fertilizer is only useful as long as it’s getting utilized. And when your succulents have put growth on hold, there is every chance that it won’t get used – even if it gets absorbed.

This has the same effect as excessive water – it leads to your plant rotting. Only that the rot here will pick off from the leaves as they become soft due to fertilizer accumulation.

2.3/ Cut back significantly on water

Succulents need even less water when the cold season kicks off. Firstly because the plant’s rate of growth is zero. Even in the partially growing ones, growth is significantly slowed down. Consequently, the rate of water intake is also slow.

But most importantly, the soils are taking much longer to dry out. As pointed out above, in the enclosed interiors, air circulation is greatly hampered. As such, the rate at which water evaporates from the potting mix is very slow.

This can be a significant problem for your plants if you maintain the same watering routine. In winter, watering every once to twice a month is fine.

Or you can let the top part of the potting mix guide you. As usual, water when it is dry 1-2 inches down.

Be sure to check out our ebook “The Correct Way to Water Succulents” to see our full guide to watering your succulents during all seasons.

How to Care for Indoor Succulents During the Winter
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Final Words

Enjoyed learning about How To Care For Succulents Indoors? If so, you’ll enjoy the ebook about All the Types of Succulents for Indoor & Outdoor. This ebook will give you more detailed answers to help your succulents grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Have fun sprucing up your home, and happy planting!

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