Learning how to care for succulents is important, especially if you’re growing them for the first time. Succulents are plants with leaves that store water as fleshy tissue or stems.

They make lovely indoor plants and are low maintenance since they are drought tolerant. However, low maintenance doesn’t mean neglect. In this post, I discussed succulents’ requirements to help you grow and care for your succulent plants better.

Why Grow Succulents?

  • Succulents are very easy to grow. They require little water, so they are ideal for beginners.
  • Perfect for decorating your home or office. Many people that see them find them attractive and appealing.
  • Succulents can stay indoors all year round. They can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Unlike most other houseplants, they don’t require frequent watering.
  • Great for container gardening. This makes succulents easy to care for and maintain. In the summer, containers can be taken outdoors, and in the winter they can be kept as indoor plants.
how to care for succulents

 Things to Remember when growing succulent plants

Growing and caring for your succulent plants can be intimidating if you have no clue what you’re doing. There are few things that you must consider whether you’re growing succulents indoors as houseplants or outside. 

This includes the type of plant you want to grow, lighting, watering needs, and soil.

Let’s dive deeper into each:

Types of Succulents 

Not every succulent has the same needs. One may need more sunlight than the other. To better enhance the health of your plant you need to choose which succulent fits your personality since succulents come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. 

Winter Dormancy Succulents – Summer, spring, and fall growers

  • Adenium
  • Agave
  • Echeveria 
  • Euphorbia
  • Ficus
  • Lithops
  • Pachypodium
  • Plumeria
  • Stapelianthus

Summer Dormant Succulents – Winter, fall, spring growers  

  • Aeonium
  • Aloe 
  • Crassula
  • Dudleya
  • Gasteria
  • Graptopetalum
  • Graptoveria
  • Haworthia
  • Kalanchoe
  • Pelargonium 
  • Sansevieria
  • Sedum (non cold hardy version)
  • Senecio
  • Sempervivum

The best low-maintenance succulents for indoors for a first-time plant owner include haworthia aka zebra plant, Echeveria, or jade plant.

Jade Plant

Proper Lighting

Succulents love sunlight and planting them in containers with drainage holes that are easily movable makes it possible for you to give them the right amount of light. 

A rule of thumb is for your succulent to get at least six hours of sun daily. For best results place your succulent near a window where they can get the brightest indirect sunlight. Placing them at a bathroom window wouldn’t be suitable. Also, remember that some succulents, especially newly planted ones, can be scorched if exposed to direct sunlight. 

If your succulent plant is exposed to too much direct light, then the leaves might turn brown or looked bleached.

Water Succulents When Needed

The best way to know when to water succulent needs is whenever the soil is dry to touch. In the summer, water your plant generously, and during the winter water less like 1-2 times a month.

Over-watering your succulent can cause it to die since succulents store water in the fleshly leaves. 

Soil 

A healthy root system equates to a healthy, succulent plant. To begin, you need to ensure that you have proper drainage and soil. 

Never allow your succulent to sit in water as this can lead to the rotting of the root. When planting in containers, use one with drainage holes where excess water can run out. They must also be planted in a fast-draining mixture. 

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources recommends a typical mix of ⅓ potting soil, ⅓ clean sand (coarse), and ⅓ punice. 

 How to Propagate Succulents Easily 

Succulents are among the easiest plants to propagate. This can be done in different ways: by removing offsets, through leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, divisions, or by seed. Once you propagate succulents, you’ll realize how easy it is to start.

Different succulents called for different methods of propagation. You can go here to find out how to propagate your succulents here. 

Final Thoughts

Learning how to care for succulents is very important, especially if you’re growing them as a houseplant for the first time. This may include finding out the water and lighting needs along with other requirements.