Why indoor succulents don't look good in winter

Light is the #1 challenge when it comes to keeping succulents happy indoors, especially during the winter. 

Some succulents will thrive indoors better than others, and will require less work or attention. I'd love to email you digital care cards for the 5 best indoor succulents — ones that don't need a grow light to stay compact. Plus essential tips to help your indoor succulents thrive.  Click the button below to enter your email address

If your succulents start leaning toward the window, that's the first sign they aren't getting enough light. You can rotate them each day to keep them balanced.


After leaning, you'll start to notice more space between the leaves of your succulent. The leaves may also flatten out or curve downward.

Space between leaves

Start by cutting off the top of the succulent using sharp scissors. Leave at least an inch or two on the base with 2-3 leaves. The base will do best if you leave a few leaves to absorb sunlight. 

How to save stretched out succulents

Let both the cutting and the base dry out for a few days. Once the end of the cutting has calloused over (dried out completely and looks “scabbed”) you can plant it in soil and begin watering it. 

In order to prevent the cuttings and original plant from stretching again, you'll need to add a grow light or find a brighter window.

Give them more light

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