The Ultimate Guide To Growing Succulent Plants Indoors
Succulents are a great first choice when it comes to starting your indoor garden. They’re hardy, tough, and have low water needs which makes them fairly hassle-free. However, even the toughest indoor cactus needs adequate nutrition to thrive, and VeryPlants’ own Molly Mix Soil-Free Succulent Mix will help your succulent of choice stay happy, healthy, and bloom for longer than traditional potting soils. But why choose a premium soil-free mix for your succulents? Find out below!
Choosing the Right Succulents for Indoor Growth
Not all succulents are equal when it comes to indoor growth. Look for varieties that thrive in lower light conditions. These include Zebra Plant, Snake Plant, and Aloe Vera. These plants are more forgiving and adapt well to indoor environments.
When selecting succulents, it is best to consider their size and growth habits. Some varieties can grow quite large. This might not be ideal for small spaces. Compact varieties like Echeverias or Haworthias are perfect for limited spaces.
Another aspect to consider is the color and texture of the succulents. Indoor environments can highlight the unique features of succulents. For example, consider the powdery bloom on a Ghost Plant or the intricate patterns of a Tiger Jaw.
Lighting is crucial for growing succulents indoors. They love light and lots of it. But, since they are now inside, finding that perfect sunny spot might be tricky. A window sill that gets a good amount of sunlight is ideal.
When natural light is scarce, think about using grow lights. They are a great way to provide succulents with the light they need without relying solely on the unpredictable sun. Grow lights provide a light spectrum imitating natural sunlight, fostering healthier plant growth. Rotate your succulents periodically to ensure all sides receive equal light, preventing lopsided growth. Also, gradually introduce your plants to brighter light conditions to avoid sunburn.
Watering is where most enthusiasts go wrong when growing succulents indoors. These plants are drought tolerant, meaning they do not need much water. Water generously, then allow the soil to completely dry before the next watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, often the demise of indoor succulents. Our Soil-Free Succulent Mix was specifically designed to help prevent over-watering with excellent levels of drainage to avoid root rot.
It would help to understand the watering needs of your specific succulent species, as some may require more frequent watering than others. A moisture meter or simply feeling the soil with your finger can guide you in deciding when it is time to water. Additionally, the season can affect watering frequency. Succulents require less water during their dormant winter period.
Soil and Potting
Succulents prefer well-draining soil. At VeryPlants, we recommend soilless potting mixes for indoor plants. These mixes provide excellent drainage and aeration, vital for healthy succulent roots. Add some perlite or pumice to the blend to enhance drainage.
When potting your succulents, avoid burying them too deep in the potting mix. This can cause stem rot. It is also beneficial to repot your succulents every couple of years to refresh the soil and check the health of the roots. When choosing a pot, make sure it complements the size of your succulent. An oversized pot traps too much water, risking root rot. One that is too small may stunt the plant's growth.
Humidity and Temperature
Humidity can be another challenge when it comes to growing succulents indoors. Succulents prefer a drier environment. If you live in a humid area, placing a dehumidifier nearby or ensuring good air circulation can help maintain the right atmosphere for your succulents.
It is equally important to consider temperature. Most succulents prefer temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep your plants away from cold drafts in the winter and extreme heat sources in the summer. Providing a stable environment will help your succulents thrive.
Many people overlook fertilizing when growing succulents indoors. During their growing season in spring and summer, feeding them with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer can boost their growth. Remember, less is more with succulents.
Over-fertilizing can harm them. To prevent overfeeding, halve the fertilizer strength. Feed every other watering in the growing season; pause during winter dormancy. Strike the right balance for thriving plants.
Grooming and Maintenance
Regular grooming and maintenance will keep your succulents looking their best. Remove any dead or dying leaves, and if your plant becomes too leggy or stretched out, consider giving it more light.
Pruning can also encourage fuller, more compact growth. It may be time to repot if you notice your succulent is outgrowing its pot. Select a pot a bit bigger than the current one. This will allow your plant ample space to flourish and expand.
Pests can occasionally be a problem, even for indoor succulents. Look for signs of pests and treat them early with appropriate measures. Natural options like neem oil can be effective and are safe for indoor use.
Make it a habit to check your plants frequently for signs of pests like sticky residue or discolored leaves. This is essential for early detection. Isolate new plants before adding them to your collection to prevent the potential spread of pests.
Lastly, have fun with it! Experiment with different arrangements and containers. Succulents are versatile and can add a touch of green elegance to any room. Plus, they are great conversation starters.
Mixing and matching different succulent types can create visually appealing arrangements. Experiment with various heights, colors, and textures. After all, the arrangement is not permanent. Feel free to rearrange your succulents as they grow or your style changes.
Growing succulents indoors is not complicated. Remember, the key to successful succulent care is a balance of the correct elements – light, water, soil, and love. Embrace the process and enjoy the unique beauty these resilient plants bring to your home. Make sure to check out our Molly Mix Succulent Mix or contact us today if you have any questions about caring for your succulents!