Indoor succulents are super hot right now. Buzzfeed recently called them the “best plants ever,” and we can’t help but agree. That’s why we’ve put together your ultimate guide to succulent care: indoor edition!
There are more than a few reasons that succulents are so in at the moment. For one, more and more people are opting to rent condos and apartments in bustling downtowns rather than owning a home. And what better way to add a little bit of life to a green-deprived city apartment than a few charming little succulents?
Second, succulents are ridiculously versatile! This makes them the perfect option for all the DIY-crazed enthusiasts (like us!) out there. Succulents come in almost every size, shape, and color you could think of. So, put simply, if you can imagine it, then succulents can accomplish it.
Lastly, indoor succulent plants are unbelievably easy to care for, incredibly durable, and live outrageously long lifespans compared to other houseplants. Needless to say, this makes them an excellent choice for all you busy-bodies out there!
Now, let’s fill you in on everything you need to know about how to care for succulents indoors.
What Exactly are Succulents?
Over and over again, we see people get cacti and succulents confused—understandably so. Let us explain.
In short, cacti are types of succulent. So while all cacti are succulents, just a small minority of succulents are cactuses. In fact, there are over 60 different families of succulents, of which cacti comprise only one. In the most general sense, succulents are plants native to sunny, arid environments, sporting thick, water-storing leaves.
What are the Best Indoor Succulents?
Like we said before, most succulents are extremely hardy and low-maintenance. This makes pretty much all succulents suitable for indoor use – but there are a few that stand out from the rest.
Green succulents are typically better suited for indoors than others – especially orange and purple ones. But theoretically, they’ll all thrive in your home when provided with the right care and conditions.
Here are our ten absolute favorite indoor succulent plants:
- Aloe Vera
- Jade Plant
- Zebra Plant
- Burro’s Tail
- Christmas Cactus
- Crown of Thorns
- Snake Plants
- Pincushion Cactus
How to Care for Succulents Indoors
As we already mentioned, indoor succulent plants aren’t much of a fuss to care for. They live long lives with minimal water and minimal attention. But, that said, there are definitely some important things to consider when caring for your indoor succulents. So here are our top tips for succulent care indoors.
Choose the Right Container for Your Indoor Succulents
Succulents love, love, love storing their own water, and absolutely hate sitting in overly wet soil. For that reason, drainage is super-duper important for the health of your indoor succulents. So when you are choosing both soil and a container for your succulents, make sure that they both are exceptionally suited for drainage.
In general, ceramic and terra-cotta pots allow for the most drainage and typically have holes in the bottom to let excess water to drain from the soil. As for soil, grab some cactus soil or whip up a mix of sand, gravel, and rocks to allow for best drainage.
When it Comes to Water, Less is More
Just to be on the safe side, you should always err on the side of underwatering your indoor succulent plants. Remember, succulents store loads of water in their leaves, even if their soil is dry, chances are they’re more hydrated than you think. In fact, you should never add more water to your succulent’s pot until the soil has completely dried up. If their soil remains too drenched, you could cause root rot.
As a general rule of thumb, water smaller succulents once a week and bigger potted succulents twice a week. And, never, ever, ever mist your succulent’s leaves!
Place Your Indoor Succulents in a Sunny Area of Your Home
Succulents are used to hanging out in sunny, dry environments. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that they need sun all the time. A total of 6-8 hours of sunlight per day is perfect.
The rest of the day, your indoor succulents should have a fair bit of shade to enjoy. Too much direct exposure to the sun can dehydrate your succulents or cause them to get sunburned—especially succulents of the green variety.
Windowsills are typically the best locations for succulents, but any room with a lot of natural light should work just fine.
P.S. Some succulents are poisonous. If yours is toxic (ask Google), make sure to always keep it away from your pets or young children!
Repot Your Succulents When They Get Too Big
Succulents often live for over a year, and during that time they just keep on growing and growing. That’s why you’re eventually going to have to repot your succulent to give it more space and some much-needed fresh soil.
There you have it – everything you ever wanted to know about how to care for succulents indoors. Ready to get started? The Bouqs Co. has got you covered with succulents and more!Shop All