How to Grow Succulents? An Extensive Guide with All the Helpful Tips !!

Succulents are easy-going, beautiful plants that can survive almost anything. Let's go in-depth and check out today's guide on how to grow succulents?

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April 25, 2021


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Introduction

Succulents are one the most special plants out there. They are tough, evergreen green plants with so many varieties for you to choose from. Compared to the rest of the plants, these don’t need much care from you. But, this doesn’t mean that you can leave them to grow by themselves. They need to be checked from time to time and, they need to be grown based on their ideal environment to get the best results out of them.

Now the main question How to grow succulents? Where should we place them? Which succulents are suitable for indoors? Which succulents are ideal for outside gardens? How the growth requirements differ based on the environment chosen? In today’s article, I will be answering all of these questions and many more that may come to your mind once you try to grow your succulent. So, let’s get started !!

You need to grow succulent in well-drained soil under partial or full sun. Water them sparingly once every 1-2 weeks in spring to autumn and once every 5-6 weeks in autumn to winter. Remember to check your succulent type and choose the ideal one for your environment.

How to grow succulents

As specified, you need to grow succulent in well-drained soil under partial or full sun. Water them sparingly once every 1-2 weeks in spring to autumn and once every 5-6 weeks in autumn to winter. Remember to check your succulent type and choose the ideal one for your environment. Succulent types may have different water and light requirements, so it’s best to check the succulent type carefully.

Indoors

Succulents in pots placed indoor

Succulents are adapted to the warmer environment and don’t mind very little care. Growing a succulent indoors is not much different than other plants. But you need to provide some ideal requirements to make sure your succulent grows. So, if you are looking for exotic indoor plants with low maintenance requirements, then succulents are your best option. Let’s check out some factors that need to be adjusted when planting succulents indoors.

Provide proper sunlight/ bright light

On Average, a succulent requires about 3-4 hours of direct sun daily. Most of the succulents prefer the early morning Sun as compared to the harsh afternoon sun that can burn some succulents. So for the best results, make sure you place your succulent on a sunny window with a mix of partial shade.

Warning

If the proper sunlight is not provided, your succulent might get uprooted or will stretch towards the light

If you see such troubling symptoms or see the leaves falling apart, then the best long-term remedy would be to move the plant to a sunny location. If that’s not possible, you can try using a bright LED or CFL light, like this 45 w LED grow light available at Amazon.

Choose the right succulent

Some succulent prefer full sunlight while some prefer a mix of partial shade and direct sunlight. So, choose your required plant based on your environment. For example, if your house can’t provide much light, then you should go for low-light tolerant succulents such as mother-in-law’s-tongue.

Note

Read the plant label carefully as it will help you determine its needs such as light required, water needed, size and spread of the succulent

Furthermore, if you are looking for plants that could go well in a hanging planter. I would suggest you check out String of hearts, String of pearls, or Sring of bananas. These would make a beautiful addition to your indoor decoration. I would also recommend to check out some beautiful hanging planters like Triflora Hanging Planter available on Amazon if you don’t own one already.

Choose the right container

Succulents don’t like large pots with overgrown spaces. So, you need to pick an ideal pot for your succulent that can give it some inches of space sideways and 1-2 inches space on the bottom side for the roots to spread efficiently. Make sure to avoid glass containers for your succulents as they don’t provide much space for the roots to breathe. The can also lead to root rot due to standing water for a large period.

Reminder

You need to provide well drained soil condition to your succulent

Ideal Soil Condition

Many succulents start getting uprooted if they don’t like the soil condition provided to them. So remember to provide your succulent with a well-drained soil condition. If you are wondering how to fix such an environment for your succulent? For this case, I would recommend you to use this amazing Amazon product with a drainage saucer to create a well-drained soil, ideal for most succulents.

Caution

Avoid standing water at all costs, it is harmful for the growth of your succulent and in many cases it rots the succulents roots

Don’t Overwater/Underwater

First, you must ensure the soil is well-drained, so it gets dry between watering periods and doesn’t allow the water to stand in the pot for a long time. After that, make sure you don’t over-water your succulent because succulents enjoy a little drought. If these keep getting over-watered, their roots will most likely start rotting.

Note

Every succulent has varying requirements. So, make sure you check the plant label and follow it accordingly.

Set a routine of watering your succulent and follow that routine like water them sparingly once every 1-2 weeks in spring to autumn and once every 5-6 weeks in autumn to winter. By doing this, you won’t under-water or over-water your succulent.

Fertilizing the succulent

The best time to use fertilizer on succulents is during spring and in late summer. You can select various fertilizers based on your succulent needs but, I would recommend you to try this Miracle-Gro Succulent fertilizer for your succulent. Succulents go dormant during winter, so you don’t need to use fertilizer during this time.

  1. String of hearts
  2. String of pearls
  3. Aloe Vera(Medicine plant)
  4. Jade plant
  5. Hens-and-chicks
  6. Mother-in-law’s tongue
  7. Christmas kalanchoe
  8. Zebra cactus
  9. Chocolate soldier
  10. String of bananas

Outdoors

Succulents growing outside

You need to grow succulent in well-drained soil under partial or full sun. Water them sparingly once every 1-2 weeks in spring to autumn and once every 5-6 weeks in autumn to winter. Remember to check your succulent type and choose the ideal one for your environment. Succulent types may have different water and light requirements, so it’s best to check the succulent type carefully.

Succulents also provide a wide range for your gardens. You just need to keep track of some factors to make sure your succulents grow properly. Some of these factors include outside temperature for both winters and summers , rainfall, the intensity of sunlight. So keeping all these in mind, you would need to select an ideal succulent. Let’s check out how these factors influence your succulent.

Sunlight

Succulents tend to do very well under the direct sun. On average, a succulent requires about 3-4 hours of direct sun daily, and if the succulents don’t get enough light, they tend to get weak, start uprooting, get stretched. Therefore, based on the succulent type, try to provide them with as much direct sun as they need.

Pro Tip

Succulents with colourful foliage take more sunlight then the one's with green variegated varieties

Most succulents prefer the early morning sun compared to the harsh afternoon sun that can burn some succulents. For such succulents that don’t do well when the temperature gets too hot, you need to find a place that provides shade during the harsh afternoon spell.

Rainfall

Succulents tend to handle drought periods quite well. But this doesn’t mean you should just leave them to grow on their own. They should be watered, often in the spring and summer periods. Now, based on the succulent type, some may even survive with just rainwater alone while some succulents need to be watered from time to time.

Pro Tip

In winters and continuous bad weather spell repot your succulent in a pot and place it under a protective cover or place a cover for their safety

Succulents shouldn’t be overwatered, as this can lead to root rot and cause serious damage to the succulents. For the safety of succulents, you should place them on the drier side of your garden to help them survive heavy rainfalls and tough winter conditions.

Varyinng tempratures

Succulents tend to perform best in hot climates. Some succulents can handle the direct heat well while some might get their leaves scorched by the hot afternoon sun. For this reason, you need to check the plant type and choose a plant that could survive the varying climate conditions of your environment.

In the winter season, many succulents need protection from frost damage and a cold environment. As most succulents don’t handle cold really well, you should provide the proper cover for them during winters or repot them to a safer environment.

Soil condition

Succulents need well-drained soil for ideal growth. So, you should first check the soil’s drainage condition by digging a hole of about 30cm and filling it with water. You should come back after half an hour and, if the water’s dried up, that means the soil is well-drained. But, if the water is still standing then you should add a mixture of 7cm of sand or other gritty material to increase the texture and drainage of the soil.

Caution

Overwatering or standing water would cause root rot which in turn may lead to the death of the succulent. So, make sure the soil is perfect for your succulent

Pest problem

Succulents can become targeted by various bugs and rot conditions if you are not careful. The most common enemies of your succulent are scale, mealybugs, and root mealybugs. Other less common yet a threat are spider mites and fungus gnats. The best solution to deal with both is rinsing the plant with insecticidal soap such as Safer Brand Insecticidal. After rinsing it with soap and let it dry for about a day. During this period, you need to protect the succulent from direct sunlight to avoid sunburn.

Note

Overwatering your succulent is the lead cause of root rot and various pests

  1. Aloe Vera(Medicine plant)
  2. Sempervium- Hens-and-Chicks, Red Lion, Gold Nugget, Blue Ice
  3. Plush Plant (Echeveria pulvinata)
  4. Dudleya
  5. Black Rose (Aeonium Arboreum ‘Zwartkop’)
  6. Sunburst (Aeonium davidbramwellii)
  7. Echeveria- Perle von Nurnberg, Minima, Cubic Frost, Lola, Purple Pearl
  8. Sedum - Dragon’s Blood, Firestorm, Dasyphyllum, Little Missy
  9. Crassula Ovata Jade
  10. Agave Blue Glow

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Concluding thoughts

In today’s article, I answered all the basic questions you might have had at the start of this article. I provided various ways on how to grow succulents? I listed all the essential factors that may affect your succulent in the indoor environment and outdoor environments. I provided you different variants of succulents for indoor decorations and outdoor gardens. You can choose anyone from the list and start planting. Just remember to choose according to your environment, needs and be there for your succulent when it needs you.

In the end, I recommended some products that will help you in growing your succulent. That’s all from my side for today, hope you loved my work. Don’t forget to check out some of my other works on succulents. I post weekly updates on many succulents here, so stay with me as I cover all the best succulents out there.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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