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.

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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 :)

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258 Responses to How to Grow Healthy Succulents Indoors

  1. Hello,

    My succulents are doing pretty well at the moment, I live in the UK which means at the moment there isn’t much sunlight… but I move them to the window before I leave the house to get some daylight. Also, my house is quite old and I feel they enjoy the moisture in the air.

    One question, I was told by a florist to sit my succulents in a bowl of water for about 30 min to let them soak up the water, and to do this once a month… would you recommend this?

    • I don’t think this is a healthy thing for your succulents, it wouldn’t give your plants a chance to develop strong roots, also too much water could cause the roots to rot. If you need help watering then you can look at this post as well.

  2. My succulants look like the ones in the picture, each in their own terra cotta planter, but I was wondering if I can replant them in a larger pot and mix them up. Also, how much room do they need?

    • If you want to know more information on repotting you can take a look at this post to walk you through it. Succulents can be packed closely together or the can be in a larger pot. If they have lots of room it is likely that they will grow and stretch to try and fill the space.

  3. Hello, I live in Mumbai (India) having a tropical climate. I have a few succulents at home indoors. however, there is barely any sun light streaming in through my windows. I live in an apartment so dont have the luxury of a garden or even a balcony. i keep the succulents (in fact all my plants) twice a week on the window (south -east direction during summers and winters) parapet where the plants get enough sunlight from 12 pm to 4 pm during the day. i am planning to get more succulents. having the kind of sunlight i get at home, you think its a good idea to add more plants? Please advise.

    • If your plants seem to be doing well and are healthy I don’t think you need to be worrying to much and if you want to get more go for it :). Succulents will tend to strectch out when they aren’t getting enough sunlight so that is something to look for.

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