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!

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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. Thank you so much for your tip for oil-dri available at the automotive stores to use for succulents. I am most interested in getting some to try it. I am a succulent lover and have lots of babies being propagated and almost to replant into new containers. Thanks for the tips and keep them coming. Some of your ideas are review for me and some are new ideas. I would like to see more pictures and plant ID’s with name and not just types.

  2. I’ve just purchased my very first succulents! I have already learned so much from your site. I’m currently debating what soil mix to use. You said that if you choose one soil to use, you could go with Turface, but you also highly recommend the special potting mix. If I used just turface or just cacti soil, is there a big difference for how my succulents will grow and flourish? Thank you so much for your website!

    • Overall the mix is the best long term solution. I’ve used both for quite a while and I do think the succulents do best in the mix. The reason I switched to just Turface was partially laziness :) It was a lot of work to make the mix myself. Now that I can buy it pre-made from Bonsai Jack though I plan to use the succulent soil mix for everything.

      It shouldn’t make a huge difference in how well the succulents grow. You’ll find you have to water more frequently with just Turface and there are some succulents that don’t like how acidic Turface is (although I can’t think of any specifics at the moment). Overall my plants have been happy in both. I think they just flourish a little more in the mix.

  3. Hi Cassidy, I just discovered your blog on Pinterest. Very interesting! I live incape Town, South Africa in an apartment with a roof garden. After trying many types of planrs, I have finally planted succulents in pots on the terrace. They are very successful, as we have lots of sunlight all year long. The only problem is that birds, specially starlings LOVE eating my succulents. They cause a lot of damage and it is impossible to keep them off the terrace. I have even tried placing reflective mirror balls on sticks in the containers, these flash in the sunlight and are partly succesful in keeping the starlings away, although they always find a plant to nibble. Do you have any ideas to try to discourage the birds? Thanks for your very interesting blog. Sandra

    • I’ve asked this very question on some forums, but it seems there isn’t much that can be done, unfortunately. Someone recommended putting a decorative mesh covering over top of them, a cage of sorts for the succulents. But it seems birds have even figured that out too! It seems moving them out of the reach of birds is the only real solution. You could see if there are some that they don’t care to eat as much and try planting more of those, or mix other plants in that they don’t like. I wish I could be more helpful.

    • This seems like the perfect opportunity to use a decorative bird cage. If they can keep a bird in, they should definitely work to keep them out. (I use them to keep my cats away from my plants or candles at my house.) Good luck!

  4. I live in Florida, where it’s humid pretty much year round. I plan on keeping my new succulent indoors, as I have to deal with a lot of bugs. The soil that the succulent was purchased in doesn’t seem to contain any rocks or other well draining materials. I don’t have a lot of time to go out and repot the succulent, so what kind of watering schedule do you recommend for me?

  5. Hi from very sunny Perth, Western Australia! Just wanted to say I am loving these daily tips. All my succulents live outside in terra cotta pots, except one little Baby’s Necklace (sorry don’t know it’s Latin name) that likes to sit on my kitchen windowsill.

  6. I gain so much from your sharing posts. I add a lot to my Pinterest because I want to pull and re-read them in the future. Thank you for all of the helpful info. One hundred and counting weathering in my laundry room! Always looking for the next unusual succulent I can find…
    Thanks Cassidy!

  7. I love your posts but do have one suggestion to include that would certainly help me. I’m a newbe to the world of succulents. I don’t know the names of anything! HELP ME! Please put the names under your pictures in your posts. I see these gorgeous arrangements you have made and all I can think of is “What the heck is that one?” or “O dear! I have no idea where to begin because I don’t know what the names are of these I like so much.”
    Thanks for great articles.

  8. Hi Cassidy,
    I have just discovered your site after wondering why several of my succulents did great in my south facing conservatory when I bought them in summer but have now become very leggy. I’m in the UK and our Winters are dark and cold.
    I’d like to say thank you, your website is fab and I now feel so much more confident that I can resolve the problem and continue to enjoy my lovely and unusual succulents. I love a challenge too :)

  9. I live in the Caribbean and the weather is always hot. I’m a starter and I need to water my succulents more often as the weather is dry and hot. They are outdoors and I have put them in a shaded area. I have 1 question: do succulents stay small or if you plant them in bigger containers they will get bigger? Thank you for your wonderful tips

    • They will get bigger and propagate more if they have some space to grow. You don’t want to put them in a pot that’s too big, but about an inch or so of space around them is great!

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