If you have been longing to join the Urban Jungle movement but you’re not sure if you have green fingers just yet, then we recommend starting with succulents. They are easy-to-grow plants and survive indoors with very little effort.
Their thick stems, large roots & fleshy leaves allow the plants to store water & survive dry indoor environments. Sturdy, unique leaf shapes & beautiful textures, make succulents a great addition to indoor living spaces. Succulents, with their water-storing ways, can endure dry indoor air without any side effects.
Architectural Digest recommended these 9 tips to ensure you don’t kill your indoor succulent:
- Make Sure Your Succulents Get Enough Light
Succulents love light & most need about six hours of sun per day, depending on the type of succulent.
- Rotate Succulents Frequently
Succulents love direct sun, and will naturally grow towards the sun. Rotating them regularly will help with even growth & prevent your succulents from leaning too much towards the sun.
- Water According to the Season
Succulents go through a growth period in the Summer & need more water to motivate that growth. During the Winter, during their rest period, they need much less water & overwatering could kill your succulent. Let the soil dry out between waterings.
- Water the Soil Directly
When watering, soak the succulent soil until the water runs out of the drainage holes. (If your pot doesn’t have drainage holes, use less water.) Don’t use a spray bottle. Misting your succulents can cause brittle roots & mold on the leaves.
- Keep Succulents Clean
A soft paintbrush works wonders to get dirt out of hard-to-reach places. You can also gently wipe dust off leaves with a damp cloth.
- Choose a Container with Drainage
Drainage is very important. Succulents are prone to root rot when sitting in waterlogged soil. Make sure to get a pot with drainage holes and a drip tray to ensure no water spills in your home. Make sure to empty excess water out of your drip tray.
- Plant Succulents in the Right Soil
Succulents will thrive when planted in well-draining soil. A premixed succulent potting soil, or combining potting soil with equal amounts of perlite, are great planting mediums for your succulents.
- Get Rid of Bugs
Overwatering and over-fertilizing are the common causes of pests in succulents. Move infected plants away from other succulents & spray with an organic succulent pesticide.
- Fertilize Succulents in the Summer
Succulents don’t need much fertilizer, but giving it fertilizer once a year in the Summer will keep your plant healthy. Do not over-fertilize, this can cause a growth sprint that leaves your succulent weak.
The 10 easiest succulents to grow indoor, as recommended by Better Homes & Gardens, are:
- Donkey’s Tail
- Christmas Cactus
- Echeveria (Desert Roses)
- Jade Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Panda Plant
- Ponytail Palm
- Snake Plant
- African Milk Tree
- Zebra Haworthia