Succulents are one of the easiest plants to care for, whether you have a green thumb or not. Not only are succulents low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, they’re a great investment for your home and garden.
Guide to Succulents
To help you learn how to keep your succulents thriving at home, today’s gardening guide shares must-read tips.
Inspiring Ideas with Succulents
Since succulents come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures, they’re diverse and interesting plants that are ideal for DIY home decor projects as well.
From DIY Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces (which are a bootiful way to liven up your home for Halloween) to DIY Mini Wall Garden and DIY Terrarium projects, succulents are great for inspiring creativity.
Why Choose Succulents?
Succulents can grow indoors or outdoors, which makes them versatile and convenient. Plus, they require little water, which makes them ideal for locations that have been facing a drought (like California). In addition, it’s easy to transplant them into other containers or directly into the ground.
As shared by Country Living magazine, “No matter what climate you live in, it’s easy to get succulents to grow and thrive inside your home. While you want to avoid keeping them near vents, electronics, and dark corners, they’re relatively easy to keep alive just about anywhere else as long as they have sunshine and good soil.
Beginners should start with easy-to-care-for plants: Haworthia varieties like Zebra plants (Haworthia Fasciata); Jades like Elephant Bush (Portulacaria Afra) or Gollum Jades (Crassular Ovata); Gasterias like Gasteraloes, or Vicks plant (Plectranthus Tomentosa). They’re all beautiful options that are versatile, drought tolerant, and thrive indoors.”
- They thrive when planted in large terra cotta containers with drainage holes and quick-drying soil. While you can use a variety of containers or pots, make sure they have drainage holes.
- The key to watering these plants is to water them as often as the soil dries out. Depending on the particular plants you get, this could be every 5 days or even 2 weeks.
- For best placement, they need to be near a window (with bright lighting) or outdoors, as they need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. When placed outside, they will often dry out faster than when planted indoors, so it’s advisable to water them as often as the soil dries.
With these handy gardening tips, you’ll be on your way to having a gorgeous succulent-filled home in no time. For more gardening tips and ideas, visit the Gardening section on Inspirations & Celebrations.