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 :)

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224 Responses to How to Grow Healthy Succulents Indoors

  1. I bought a birdhouse with succulents on the roof. I’m hestitant to bring it indoors for the winter because it was used by birds and who knows what remains inside! I’m afraid to remove the roof for fear of breaking it. But in Minnesota, it just can’t be left outside. Any suggestions?

    • Could you move it somewhere under a roof or a protected area? You can also try covering it with frost cloth to protect the succulents on colder days. I’m not sure it would keep them alive for an extended period, but that’s likely the best option.

  2. Hello Cassidy
    I have a variety of succulents outdoors in fairy gardens and succulents walls etc which will not survive outside in our cold Canadian winter. I have tried other years to keep them alive inside without much success. Any suggestions you could share would be much appreciated. Thank you

  3. When should I bring my succulents indoors. I live in Wisconsin and have finally been able to grow beautiful succulents in containers and I would love to preserve them. Thank you, vicki

    • I recommend bringing them in once the temps start to drop below 40 at night. They can tolerate down to freezing for a day or two, but I try to play it safe. Check out this post for more info.

  4. Hi Cassidy,
    Me and my man moved to our new house 2 weeks ago and i ordered few succulent plants from Get Green’s gardening plants category, i would like to grow them indoor and i will use your guide for maintaining them.

  5. My succulent’s bottom leaves are wilting/drying out and so now its starting to tilt. What should I do? Do I have to replant it in my soil so it’s deeper and it can stand upright again?

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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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