Because succulents have a unique ability to retain water, they tend to thrive in warm and dry climates and don’t mind slight negligence. It makes them very suitable for indoor growth and an ideal choice for people who need low-maintenance indoor plants. If you are choosing succulents for the first time, follow the steps below to care for the new plants successfully.
Choose succulents that suit your indoor conditions.
Most succulent plants like direct sunlight, but if all you have is a dark corner of the house, you can use plants with low light tolerance, such as mother-in-law’s tongue. If you plan to grow succulents in a suspended planter, trailing varieties like banana skewers are a good choice. Be sure to read the plant label to determine the sun requirements, size, and spread of succulents.
Provide potting media with good drainage.
Nurseries always plant succulents in soil that is too fertile and retains too much moisture, so you want to pot succulents as soon as you bring them home. Start with a stoneware mixture with good drainage and air permeability. You can find unique cacti and succulent combinations in the nursery, and you can even use African violet mixtures. To further improve drainage and prevent compaction, add perlite or pumice to the cactus or African violet mixture (up to 50% of the total potting mix, depending on the water needs of your succulents). Before use, be sure to moisten the mixture first to ensure that it is evenly moistened.