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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237 Responses to How to Grow Healthy Succulents Indoors

  1. Thanks for such a great post!
    I bought a succulent less than a month ago and the lower leaves are shrivelling up…I had it sitting on my desk and I’m wondering if it has been disturbed by the light from my lamp?? The guy in the garden centre told me they should have no direct sunlight and to water from the bottom once a month…. What should I do?

  2. Hi! One of my plants has a very long offshoot but the off shoot has flowered. Can i propagate this flowering offshoot or keep it as is until it dies then remove?

    • Great question! When a succulent blooms you can save the flower stalk once it starts to dry out and then harvest the seeds for propagation. You can see how to do that here. It does not work to propagate it by cutting and replanting the bloom stalk though. You can just cut it off once it dies and not worry about propagating from seeds too :)

  3. I just got some succulents from my 4 year old son for Christmas and he insisted on planting them in an old candle bowl I had. They look great, but we’ve had a problem with bugs already! I am an avid gardener and love plants, but succulents are new to me. I have done the following things to help combat the problem and I am happy to have come across this website to help me along my journey with this beautiful and thoughtful gift from my big boy! First, I placed rocks in the bottom before the soil. This is always a good practice with plants as it allows for better drainage, especially in a dish that doesn’t have holes! Also, as soon as I see bugs on an indoor plant, there is a simple fix while you get your watering under control. Make a solution of water with a bit of dish soap in it and spray the soil around the plants. That will kill the bugs and they won’t return! Mine were gone in a day, and now with the info on this site, hopefully, they won’t return! Thanks so much

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