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!


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!


84 Responses to Tips for Growing Succulents Anywhere

  1. Hi Cassidy,

    Im from Malaysia with hot,humid and average rainfall climate. Im a newbie to the world of succulents and your articles help me a lot. However, for beginner i found out it’s hard to grow succulents in this climate and made half of my succulents died in my first attempt :( but im still trying hard to grow them.
    Btw, can you suggest any books of plant identification for succulents something similar to 1001 PLANTS OF SINGAPORE because its hard for me to identify them from webs. Thank you for your wonderful tips :).

  2. Please help me. I am having such a difficult time trying to figure out my succulent. I received it as a wedding favor in August and it was doing fine for a while but now it has just gone down hill for the last few months. Before I water I check the soil to see if it is wet or dry. Every time it seems the soil is extremely dry so I put about an 1/8 to a 4th of a cup of water in it. I think that it does the trick but then when I check on it it doesn’t seem to help. I don’t want to overwater it but every time I check the soil it’s really dry. The pot that it is in doesn’t have a drain hole, and maybe that might be part of the problem. The house that I am living in has soft water and I read that you shouldn’t use it but use rain water. I’ve been collecting rain water just for my succulent but I don’t know if it’s really doing any good. I wonder if I am overwatering but the soil is always really dry every time I check. And the leaves don’t look like raisins so it’s probably not under watered. I don’t want it to die but I don’t know what to do.

  3. I’m in NY and I’ve found that 50%-60% pumice is the way to go. Soil mix used to stay moist for weeks, evwn with 50% pumice product.
    Since I’ve switched over to this blend, everyone’s happy. Pumice products cannot compare, it has to be straight pumice.

    Now I can treat and water my succulents like everyone else.
    Awesome page and information!
    Your blog will help many!

  4. Hello i would like to ask what is the best way to water a succulent potted with dranaige holes? From top or from the bottom? Thanks.

  5. Hi Cassidy,
    Wondering if you have any advice in using Bonsai Jack soil. I bought the succulent mix based on your recommendation and transplanted basically all of my succulents into new pots with the new soil. It’s been a week since transplanting, and very few of them seem to be “liking” it. Many are getting droopy and don’t seem to be putting out roots. I’ve been watering every 2-3 days as the soil dries, but I don’t want to overdo it. Is there something special you’re supposed to do when transplanting that differs from day to day care? Help! I don’t want them all to die!

    • I usually wait at least a day after transplanting (see here). If it’s very hot, you may need to water more frequently. Also, younger/smaller plants need water more frequently than more established plants. If the roots are very thin or there aren’t very many, they may benefit from more water. Make sure you are soaking the soil too, not misting it.

  6. Hi Cassidy, I want to start a succulent garden in a flowerbed in front of my house and I live in Oklahoma. What plants/methods would you recommend for me? Also I’m willing to do them in pots if planting them in the ground isn’t going to work.

    • Check out these Semps and Sedums that are cold hardy. You can also grow some cactus if your temperatures get to be freezing as well. If you’d prefer to use some of the tender varieties, you can do so, but you’ll have to treat them as annuals (let them die over the winter) or plant them in pots and bring them in somewhere warmer over the winter.

  7. Your blog is awesome! I just bought my first set of succulents today. So Im researching on how to keep them healthy. Im very excited :)

  8. I can’t find pumice here in coastal SC, so I’ve been using perlite and chicken grit mixed with my cactus soil, about 50/50. It works well for me.

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