How to Care for Succulents Indoors

Growing Succulent Plants Indoors : What We Recommend

Love Succulent plants? We don’t blame you! They make an ornamental addition to any home space.

But learning how to care for succulent plant indoors can be tricky. They come in endless colors, shapes, and size variations.  

Succulent plants are not just ideal for your garden, yard or porch. You can spruce up your interior space with these versatile plants. Here is how you can grow beautiful and healthy succulent plants indoors.

Why Should You Grow Succulent Plants Indoors

1. They are easy to tend to

Succulent plants thrive despite a little neglect. They are low-maintenance, and you don’t need to spend an awful lot of time and effort tending to them.

2. Add some green to your home space

Growing succulents is a great way to add a touch of green to your home space. The eye-catching foliage of these plants is sure to add beauty to your interior rooms.

3. They occupy very little space 

It may be challenging to bring up plants in urban settings, particularly if you are living in rented apartments. Succulent plants are conveniently compact and great for indoor spaces. If space is a constraint, but you would love to add some green to your home space, the succulent plants are a wonderful option. 

How to Grow Succulent Plants Indoors

Bringing up succulent plants indoors can be a tad tricky, but it can be done.

Here’s how you can do it.

Pick the right succulents

Succulents plants can grow anywhere, but choosing any plant just will not cut it. You must opt for succulents that are suited for indoor growing. This will make your work a lot easier. 

Succulents that don’t like the direct sun, but prefer shade or low light can make a tremendous difference in how well your succulent plant grows indoors. There are a few things you need to answer to yourself before you pick the succulent plant for growing indoors. 

The space where you are planning to put your succulent matters. Are you looking to fill that compact little space in your home with a little green, or are you looking for one that will occupy a large space? What about putting them up in hanging planters? Or are you looking to bring them up in decorative pots or containers?

There are various species and cultivars of succulent plants that you can grow indoors. Some of them include:
  • Jade plant
  • Medicine plant (aloe vera)
  • Hens-and-chicks (Echeveria elegans)
  • Snake plant
  • Christmas cactus
  • Zebra cactus
  • Panda plant
  • Pencil cactus
  • String of pearls
  • String of bananas
  • Crown of thorns
  • Pebble plant
Generally, succulents that are naturally green as opposed to the bright colored ones do great indoors.

Provide sufficient lighting

Pale and bent stems are signs that your succulent plants are not receiving enough light. If you want your indoor succulents to flourish well when they don’t get sufficient light.

Succulents prefer at least 6 hours of sun every day. If that’s not always possible, you need to provide them with the brightest light possible.

Place your succulent in a south or east-facing window. If it is not possible to provide sufficient light, you can get a timer. It is a great way to provide your plant with the light that it requires.

Watering the succulents

Watering is one of the most important aspects to take care of when it comes to caring for your succulents. You shouldn’t water your succulent plants too often. Water frequently and in large amounts by saturating the potting mix completely. 

They drink a lot of water and love to be soaked in water, but you should spread your watering over extended periods and allow the soil mix to be completely dry out before your next watering session. While watering, keep an eye out for the drainage hole. The water should flow out of the drainage hole properly.

If they are kept wet in their pot for days on end, or they receive too much rainfall, they could rot. Watering every day is sure to kill your succulents.

Succulent plants last for weeks without needing water as they store water in their stems and leaves. During the summer months, the moisture will evaporate faster. So, you can water once in two weeks. During winter though, watering once a month is sufficient. It is because they are dormant and don’t need as much water. 

The soak and dry method work wonders when it comes to watering. Soak the plant completely in the soil and then allow some time in between for the soil to dry up before you water again. 


Succulents take their time growing. Adding fertilizer can help in their growth, but not by much. Fertilizing once a year is more than enough. Succulents grow the most during the spring and summer, so add fertilizer at the start of spring.

During winter, they don’t need a nutrient boost as they don’t grow actively during this time. Keep in mind, it’s quite easy to overfertilize succulents, so be careful. Use only half as much fertilizer as you would use for your other houseplants.


When choosing a pot for your succulents, you would do well to avoid glass containers. Glass containers don’t work well as a long-term potting solution because of the breathability issue. Only good air circulation will ensure the roots turn out healthy and eventually healthy stems and leaves. Improper airflow will lead to root rotting.

Another issue with glass jars is there is no place for the water to drain out. Succulent plants sitting in waterlogged soil will lead to overwatering. You plant will hate that!

Chose a well-draining pot so that the excess water can be diverted out.

Watch out for the pests

You need to keep your eye out for pests like mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites. If you see any sign of these pests on the leaves and steps, take immediate steps to get rid of them.

A mixture of rubbing alcohol and water works great against pests. Just rub the mixture on the pest-infested spot with cotton. That should be enough to eliminate pests.

Planting several varieties together

You can plant one, two, or several succulents together. Planting plenty of succulents together to create a dish garden. You can put them together in a compact arrangement and enjoy what the mix has to offer for you. Ensure you pick ones that require similar care, though.

Final Wrap on Indoor Succulent Planting

Whether you are new to bringing up plants or a total veteran, a succulent is a great way to put up around your house. We hope this guide will come in handy to know how to bring up your succulent plant indoors.

Succulent plants are pretty low maintenance, but you should be mindful not to overwater and also, ensure you give it all the sunlight possible. They will look consistently beautiful in your home space and add a therapeutic value to your routine as you tend to them. Good luck!

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