We know that plants are great for indoor air quality, but if you’ve got a black thumb, the thought of keeping a house plant alive probably fills you with a little bit of dread. Succulents to the rescue!
Growing succulents requires little water, and once you’ve established your succulents they don’t need much maintenance. These beautiful plants can be a little bit pricey up front, but one other cool feature about succulents is that they’re very easy to propagate. That means you can invest in just one or two plants to start and use those plants to start your mini succulent garden.
To create your garden, you can cluster a few little potted succulents on a sunny table top or windowsill or you can use one large planter and arrange them there. My friend Jeanee at Finely Crafted is super knowledgeable about growing succulents, and she was kind enough to share some excellent tips about how to keep those succulents alive!
Growing Succulents Indoors
1. Succulents need great drainage. Instead of planting in just potting soil, create a mix of 1/3 Permatill or very small gravel with 2/3 potting soil. This will keep your succulents from drowning!
2. Preventing leaf rot. Succulents like the one in the photo above have leaves that are very close to the soil. To keep the leaves from rotting, put some rocks under the lower leaves.
3. Let them rest. For two days after you plant, don’t water your succulents and keep them out of direct sunlight. They need a little time to bounce back from the shock.
4. Fertilize. Once a month, use a liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength to feed your succulents. Do you forget to fertilize like I do? Set yourself a recurring reminder on your phone or computer’s calendar! My plants have gone from dying to thriving since I started doing this.
5. Don’t over water. Succulents don’t need a lot of water, so water sparingly – start with once a week and see how they like it, and don’t water if the soil feels moist to the touch. If the leaves stay plump, you’ve hit the sweet spot. If they are looking skinny, it’s time for a little water.
6. Find a sunny window. Succulents do need some sunlight. Give them at least 4 hours of sun each day.
Next: Propagating your succulents
Image Credit: Photo by Becky Striepe