How to Care For Succulents So They Thrive All Year Long

Hadley Mendelsohn
·3 min read
Photo credit: Fantastic Frank
Photo credit: Fantastic Frank


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Succulents are some of the lowest maintenance indoor plant options around. And while that's not the only reason we love them, it definitely doesn't hurt. Succulents also happen to look cute and versatile in any environment, and they're also purifying and lively, making them a great starter option for a new plant parent who also loves design. Though they all have some key characteristics in common, like their shared ability to store moisture well, there are tons of subtypes, from spiky cacti to fleshy aeoniums and more. It's a good idea to look into the specific plant care variations for the kind of succulent you have, but we put together a general succulent care guide that'll get you started off on the right foot. So, whether you're worried you might have a black thumb or you simply need a little refresh before you go plant shopping, discover everything you need to know about how to care for succulents ahead.

Photo credit: The Sill
Photo credit: The Sill

Sun Exposure Needs

Succulents flourish in full sun environments. So make sure they live somewhere in your home with direct sun exposure or bright indirect light (if your space has east or west-facing windows, for example, you'll be good to go). Line them up on a super sunny window sill or a corner side table near a window. Pro tip: One surefire way to make certain that your succulents get as much sun as possible is to rotate them regularly so that they're evenly exposed to the sun.

Watering Requirements

According to The Sill, succulents need to be watered every few weeks, usually between two to three weeks. The best way to make sure you're not over-watering them is to double-check that the soil has dried out between the waterings. "Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light," they recommend. You should also opt for succulent containers that are equipped with proper drainage so that they don't get root rot (and to prevent any messes). Also, keep in mind that the amount of water they need varies by season. They're known to have a dormant period during the cooler months when they're not as thirsty, so you'll notice that they don't absorb water as quickly.

Photo credit: Fantastic Frank
Photo credit: Fantastic Frank

Optimal Humidity Levels

Succulents are desert natives, and as such, they're drought-proof! As if you needed additional proof that succulents are easier to care for, here's more: They thrive under pretty much any humidity level. So if your climate (or your landlord-controlled heating) is dry, it doesn't actually matter much to succulents. That being said, they shouldn't be in any temperatures that drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and neither should you, for that matter (indoors, at least). And last but not least, keep your plants happy and clean by giving them the occasional dusting.

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