How to Grow Healthy Succulents Indoors

Growing succulents indoors can be a bit tricky. However, with these simple tips you’ll be able to better care for your indoor succulent collection.


Welcome! I am so excited to help you learn more about growing succulents indoors!

As cute as they are, they don’t always make the best indoor house plants. That said, if you love them as much as I do, you’ll grow them anyway! And you should!

With a little bit of information you’ll be able to keep your succulents growing happily indoors. Choosing succulents that prefer low lighting will make a big difference in the success of your indoor succulent garden. For example, Haworthias and Gasteraloes are two genus of succulents that do especially well indoors.

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Graptopetalum paraguayense, Portulacaria afra variegata

For those of you with cold winters, bringing your succulents inside before it snows will actually be a good thing for them. Most succulents are dormant during the winter. They need a period of cold to help them produce better blooms in the spring and summer.

I’ll outline some tips below that will help your succulents stay as healthy as possible while they are living indoors. Some of these tips will seem familiar (see 5 Tips for Growing Succulents) but these will be directed specifically toward growing succulents inside.

6 Hours of Sunlight

When succulents are indoors it’s often hard for them to get enough sunlight. They generally about 6 hours a day.

You’ll want to keep your plants as close to the window as you can, but be careful not to let them get sunburned if the light from the window gets too hot. This tends to happen most with south facing windows (which tend to get the most light if you’re in the northern hemisphere).

I’ve kept my succulents in an east facing window, right up against the window, and they have done really well. If your succulents aren’t getting enough light they will start to stretch. Colorful Echeverias are especially prone to stretching indoors.

If there isn’t anywhere that gets brighter light (or more hours of light), don’t worry! After it get’s too stretchy for your taste, just cut off the top and propagate it! The bonus is that you’ll also get more plants :)

Don’t miss the most important two tips to keep your indoor succulents alive!

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201 Responses to How to Grow Healthy Succulents Indoors

  1. Hello, I’m still a newbie in collecting succulents…… i have 4 plants to start with but i can’t stop collecting after that… right now i have 20 pots, only…. I can’t stop loving them everyday, that’s why i need to know each specie and how to care for them…. do you ship Asian countries?… i love to purchase your books. thanks…

  2. Need to know what type of dirt do I need for my garden and when to water… Know they don’t need much but I killed a beautiful gift. Trying to start again…. Thank you for your help …..

  3. I recently bought a small pot of succulent and I plan on placing it on my window sill. However, my heater is right beneath it and I’m scared of killing my succulent in winter when the apartment manager turns on everybody’s heaters. I am completely new to growing succulents so I would appreciate some more tips on growing succulents.

    • It should be fine as long as you keep an eye on it. The soil will likely dry out much faster if the heater is on, so you may end up watering more often. The posts on this page should give you a good starting point for succulent care. Also, if you haven’t signed up for my email list, that is a good way to get a few tips from time to time. You can sign up here.

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I'm Cassidy, a professional photographer turned succulent addict and the author and photographer here at Succulents and Sunshine. This is me with my wonderful husband and super cute baby!

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