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February 23, 2019 2 min read

Succulents are generally very tolerant plants. While they grow in different light levels, temperatures, and water requirements depending on the species, most are able to not only survive growing inside butthrive in an indoor environment. Quite different from their native harsh environments, indoor succulents given care and attention can potentially last for many years longer than they would in their natural home.

Natural Environment for Succulents

Succulents grow in the wild in weird and wonderful places. From deserts with little rainfall to mountainsides with brutal temperature extremes, these hardy plants have been known to sprout and grow in a very wide variety of conditions.

Succulents are designed to store water in several different ways – thick, fleshy leaves, stems, and roots that all work together to ensure adequate hydration even in the aridest landscapes. When succulents grow indoors, they’re able to thrive and bloom as long as they have regular watering and fertilizing during their growing season.

Keeping Indoor Succulents Healthy

All plants need ample light to survive. Sunlight is the driving force behind photosynthesis, the process by which plants use light to create food from carbon dioxide and water. While most succulents can cope in low light conditions, placing them in a bright spot with indirect sunlight is best.

Regular watering is essential for fostering growth and good health for a succulent. You should only water your succulent when the soil is completely dry. Then provide the soil with a nice thorough watering and leave it alone until it’s dry again.

Well-draining soil and drainage holes in your succulent’s pot will make sure water doesn’t sit around the roots, which can cause rot and eventually kill the plant. During growing season, fertilizer can be used to boost growth and provide additional nutrients.

Succulent Varieties That Love the Indoor Life

As with all plant types, some will fare better indoors than others, and some are easier to grow in general and keep alive. Here are a few gorgeous varieties of succulent that are low-maintenance and perfect for growing indoors.

  • The Star Window Plant (Haworthia cuspidata) is a very hardy succulent. Most plants in theHaworthia family are known for being low-maintenance, and this indoor favorite will thrive even in low-light conditions. The thick, lime-colored leaves are shimmery almost like glass, and their jewel shapes create pretty, compact plants that are easy to propagate.
  • The Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) is a cute, fuzzy succulent with soft leaves bearing a dark-striped, often rust colored edge. In its natural environment, the Panda Plant will grow several feet tall, but grown indoors it will only spread to fit its container. While it will tolerate some neglect, this plant needs infrequent but deep watering to stay happy and healthy.
  • Sanseverias are perhaps the easiest succulents to grow indoors. They never need fertilizer, live happily in low light, and help clean the air inside your home. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, there’s bound to be aSanseveria that’s perfect for your home.

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