Tips for Growing Succulents Anywhere

Succulents are a very popular plant with their gorgeous shapes and colors as well as their drought tolerant qualities, but not everywhere is the ideal place for them to grow. These tips will help you keep your succulents alive no matter where you live!

Welcome! I’m glad you’re interested in growing succulents!

You’re here because you love succulents, but you’re not sure if you can grow them where you live.

I totally understand!

But, I’m convinced anyone can grow succulents, wherever they live, and I’m going to give you the guidelines you need to do just that.

As this blog has grown over the past few years I’ve begun to realize how many people want to grow succulents but don’t have the perfect growing conditions for them. This shouldn’t surprise me since I belong in that group of people! I’ve answered lots of emails from you with various questions about growing succulents.

My goal with this website is to help you grow succulents no matter where you live.

For some, growing succulents is a breeze. For others, it’s a daily struggle. This post will help you make growing succulents a breeze.

If you've struggled to grow succulents, this is the post for you! These aren't tips you've heard before!
Echeveria ‘Lime and Chili’

When people say that succulents are hard to kill, I cringe a little. Like all plants, you need to know how to care for succulents in order to keep them alive. Sure, they can be very forgiving and are often easy for people to keep alive, but in parts of the world (or in parts of your home) people have to fight to keep them alive.

The tips I share with you in this post will help you figure out what you need to do to make succulents work for you, and hopefully make them easy to care for!

Experiment

If you take away one thing from this article, let it be this: don’t be afraid to experiment! So much of the information I share with you is based on research I’ve done and then backed up by my own experience. I’m always trying new things with my plants or trying out new plants. I realize that succulents can be expensive depending on where you live, but if you’re willing to be brave and experiment you’ll have much better success growing succulents.

Find out how you can be successful growing succulents no matter where you live
Agave ‘Blue Glow’

While succulents have the same basic needs, not every home or growing environment is the same. You need to adapt those guidelines based on where you live, how much natural light you have available, the pot and soil you are using. All of these factors contribute to the health of your succulent. What works for me here in Utah won’t necessarily work for someone in China. So take the basic guidelines for growing succulents and adjust them to where you live.

Find out how to pick the right plants for your area by clicking next!

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84 Responses to Tips for Growing Succulents Anywhere

  1. I live in western NC, and just a beginner and like it very much. wish I had gotten into it at an earlier age. I am 79 and doing great, I order some plugs,somecuttings and some seeds. just got the seeds planted guess they be up by spring. lol can’t wait till they get big and fill up the planters. all has to come inside for winter. I have a huge stand for them in fromt of my double windows, this is my first year so we’ll see . hope I dont lose many, I have lot of money tied up in them. and on low income., thanks for reading and for any advise you offer.

  2. Cassidy, I’m so glad I came across your blog and I’m now following you. I too love my succulent plants I think I’m obsessed lol. By any chance would you know best way to propogate Aloe Vera from a leaf cutting? I tried the honey tip but it didn’t take. Also what’s your take on Black Rose aka Aeioniums? Do you know how to propogate those?
    Hope to chat soon great shares enjoy your weekend:)

    • I don’t think Aloe vera will propagate from leaves. It usually puts off quite a few pups and can generally be propagated from a cutting though. The Black Rose Aeonium will propagate from cuttings as well, but again, not leaves. I hope that helps!

  3. Getting to grow from BrokenArrow Oklahoma.
    Second great,lost many last year by not knowing which ones take more light. I’m having a hard time identify them.any suggestions?tia!!

  4. I’m just getting started with succulents and have bought two adult/fully grown ones. I haven’t potted them yet as I don’t know what type of soil I should use. The pots I got for them are unfortunately without drainage holes and I can’t seem to see any recommendations for soil for that kind. Great blog! :-)

  5. i LOVE THIS SITE!!! NEED INFORMATION ABOUT A GROW LIGHT AND HOW TO IDENTIFY THE PLANT AND WHAT THEY NEED. PLEASE HELP ME, FALL IN THE AIR

  6. Over the summer I accumulated about 8 old decorative bird cages of wire and wood. They are beautiful. My choice is to plant succulents in them. I have bought many plants and so far I have been successful with them for a couple months. I live in Phoenix, AZ, and so have had lots of sun. I set them in the morning sun for a couple hours and move them out of direct sun, but on patio with lots of light. I have bought succulent soil mix and put a coffee filter and rocks in the bottom. Also I have drainage holes in all my bird cages to help drainage. My biggest concern is when to water. Because it is so dry here, I feel like I need to water about once a week and I am afraid that is too often, so I delay another week or 10 days. Don’t know the names of any of my plants, but love them all. I have become addicted to bird cages and succulents. Thank you for your blog.

  7. I, like many of your viewers, am just starting a succulent family, don’t know many of the names and unsure about the watering and soil mixture. I have had three pots with mixed succulents on my deck all summer, and they look amazing. Winter is coming soon to central Iowa where we live, so I am assuming I need to bring inside. My home is not the sunniest, but we winter in Arizona, and I am planning to take them with me. I really have enjoyed your blog and have learned some very interesting facts. I will continue to check in frequently. Thanks, Gretchen

  8. Great article!

    I’ve recently fallen in love with succulents, but I’ve killed a few, too. FYI I’m in Southern CA.

    Things I had to learn the hard way:
    1. I use a coffee scoop now to measure the water for my indoor plants in small pots (many are 4″ or smaller) or mist them a bit between watering. (I used to overwater and they rotted). : (
    2. If working to start a cutting with rooting powder/hormone, try not to touch it once it’s in the soil! (It’s more unlikely to “take” if you fuss with it).
    3. Drainage is so important. I make a sand & perlite mixture for a bottom layer; then add a soil & sand mixture for the top layer. I have to adjust the layer size based on the pot and where it will be (sun level, etc).

    Trial and error (and learning from it) is so important. Keeping your notes in a garden journal can be a huge help.

    • Those are great lessons to learn. Isn’t it sad that we have to learn the hard way like that? That’s how a lot of my experience has been, lots of sad plants, but happy ones too once I learned my lesson!

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