Caring for an Indoor Succulent

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I try and try and try to have a green thumb. Trust me, I have come a long way. Now that we’re living in the ‘burbs with a gardens galore, I spent much of the spring trying to analyze the flower situation around our new home while I decided on what to plants to keep, flowers to buy, and mulch to place throughout the gardens. All summer long, I watered, weeded, and pruned. Some flowers made it … and, sadly, others did not. Thankfully, it was only a few minor plants that went by the wayside. There’s always next year, right?

I think my major problem is watering. Am I watering too much? Too little? Is that poor little plant thirsty or will he be fine? When it comes to watering, I have a hard time finding the right balance. And then in steps a succulent. Why are these my favorite plants? They require very little upkeep and watering to make a big statement. I feel like I have mastered the succulent.

Last week when my mother-in-law was in town, she noticed that I placed jade plants all throughout our home. From big to small, her and I both agreed that they add  pops of freshness and greenery that is much needed throughout a home. Succulents are the perfect plant for me.

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Tips for Indoor Succulent Care

1.) Sunlight

Place succulents on a windowsill, mantle, side table, coffee table … basically, wherever the plant will receive a few hours of indirect sunlight. Be careful about placing them too close to a window that becomes very hot throughout the day might burn the plant. If the plant doesn’t get enough light, it will stretch. But, don’t worry, if it does stretch. Simply snip the top and propogate the plant.

2.) Water

These plants are used to dessert conditions. Simply water the plant when the soil feels dry. That’s it. If the leaves seem a bit wrinkled and limp, add some water and you should see the leaves perk up and become vibrant again.

3.) Drain

Place your succulent in a container that drains. When it comes time to water my jade plants, I place them in the sink and water them. I think the sink is a great place since the containers drain. The sink helps to decrease the amount of mess created when it’s watering time.

4.) Mix and Match

You might have seen a succulent dish garden with different varieties of succulent plants. If you decide to go that route, be sure you’r mixing succulent plants with matching care requirements.

5.) Experiment

If you’re a beginner, then start with a green succulent. Usually, the greener the succulent, the easier the care requirements. Also, some succulents do better in certain environments then others. As they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Work on finding the right succulent for your home and environment.

Photo courtesy of Chelsea Francis.

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  1. […] Jade Plants — This is my favorite type of indoor plant. With its thick leaves and unique look, this plant is used to desert conditions. So, treat it like you’re living in a dessert. You don’t need to worry about watering the plant. Just keep the soil somewhat dry and place it in a room with light and comfortable temperature. Here are more tips and tricks on caring for indoor succulents. […]

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