newbie tips for succulents

Plant Moderator
2 min read

People rave about succulents as one of the best plants for beginners. Is it because they’re generally thought to be drought resistant or because they’re not too fussy. Here are a few tips for happy succulents.


Select the right succulents for your space. Indoors there are lots of varieties that tolerate shade. For example, succulents of Haworthia genres generally prefer filtered light rather than direct sunlight. Other succulents, like Senecio String of Pearls or Donkey Tail don’t mind when you throw some shade. Indoor succulents should be in a window sill where they can get at least 4-6 hours of sunlight. 


Watering a desert plant. Succulents are different from normal plants. Their natural habitat is a dry arid desert, fun fact this means they have developed the ability to store water in their juicy little leaves and have high heat-tolerance. Only water your succulent when the soil is completely dry. Depending on your home’s environment, this could be once a week or once every two weeks. Avoid watering the leaves of your succulent, only the soil. If your home is humid, it could cause your plant’s leaves to rot. So give the soil a good soak when you’re watering it. 


Choose the right pot. Succulents aren’t fans of sitting in water for a long time, it makes their roots absorb too much water and quickly rot. Make sure your pot has a drainage hole. Terrariums or pots without drainage are a big no-no. Terra cotta pots are often recommended for beginners. 


Become a soil expert. Your succulent will not like regular potting soil. Why? Were glad you asked. Normal soils are great at retaining water and minerals but succulents need well-drained soil. If the soil holds too much water, your succulents can easily get root rot. And no one wants that. Adding  MiracleGro® Cactus, Palm & Succulent Potting Mix to your pot is a great way to keep your succulents happy. It has an enriched formula with plant food, so you can be sure your plants are getting the nutrients they deserve. 

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