How to Keep Your Indoor Succulents Happy and Thriving

Succulents are adorable and have been popping up everywhere in the last few years, from farmer’s markets to DIY workshops to wedding bouquets. One of the reasons they’re so popular is that these little cuties are being marketed as super easy to care for. Sadly, this isn’t 100% true. Succulents require specific conditions, especially when being kept indoors. And of course, different varieties have different needs. However, with a little research and planning, caring for your succulent can be a breeze. Here are some tips:

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Succulents need room  to breathe. Air circulation is key to healthy plants and mimics a natural desert environment. Separate  your succulents in small individual pots or arrange in large planters. Avoid completely enclosed containers and terrariums (i.e.- plant prison).
Let the sunshine in
On average, a few hours of direct sunlight per day is perfect for indoor succulents. South or East windows are ideal. For varieties that are sensitive and easily burn, a sheer curtain will help protect the plant while still allowing sunlight to reach the plant. If you notice your succulent is leaning towards the window, rotate it 90 degrees every few days to help straighten it out.
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Fast draining soil is a must. You can use commercial soil specifically for cacti and succulents or combine pebbles, sand, or perlite in with soil to create your own mix. Fertilize rarely, only once or twice a year in spring or summer.
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Water soil when it is dry. You’ll know when the plant is thirsty when the leaves begin to dull and no longer have their waxy shine. Water should be room temperature. Water the soil directly, and drench it enough that water flows out through the drainage hole. If there is no hole, lay the pot on its site to allow excess water to flow out.

You don’t need to be a botanist to enjoy beautiful succulents in your home year-round. Once you’ve got the facts and have established a routine, keeping your succulents happy can be pretty easy. If you don’t have a green thumb but still want to embrace the plant life, artificial succulents will also do the trick.

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