How To Plant & Care For Succulents

Craving greenery, but terrified of wilting leaves and brown thumbs? This guide on how to plant & care for Succulents are your answer! These plump, playful plants thrive on neglect, offering vibrant pops of color with minimal fuss.

Imagine: plump jade rosettes basking in a sunny window, trailing strings of pearls cascading from a shelf, or tiny echeverias forming a living mosaic in a dish. Ready to dive into the world of “succulent satisfaction”? Grab your pots, a dash of sunshine, and prepare to cultivate your own miniature desert oasis!

This guide will unveil the secrets to planting and pampering these resilient wonders, turning you from brown thumb to botanical boss in no time. So, let’s ditch the drama and embrace the drought-loving charm of succulents – your low-maintenance jungle awaits!

How To Plant Succulents

Planting succulents is the hardest part of the growth life cycle, but relative to any other house projects it is still very easy. In five simple steps, six if you count watering, you can have a lush desert oasis planted and ready to add color and style to your space.

Step 1. Required supplies

Pick up the succulent of your choice (rootbound is ideal). You will also need a aell-draining pot with drainage holes, and a cactus potting mix. If you don’t have access to cactus specific potting mix, simply add perlite to regular potting soil. Also check out Ace’s guide to improving your soil.

Finally, I highly recommend a good set of gardening gloves. While gloves are typically an optional garden tool, they are a necessity for some succulent varieties. For example, the Euphorbia genus has thorns so gloves are extra important to prevent injury.

Step 2. Prep your pot

Once all your supplies have been gathered your next step is to fill pot with soil, leaving half an inch gap from the rim. If you are having trouble choosing the best pots for your succulents, rest easy. Because of their size, succulent pots are very affordable planters. For example, this set of five ceramic pots is around $20 on Amazon.

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Once your pots are nearly full with soil, create a small indentation in the center. The size and depth of indentation varies based on the size of your root system.

Step 3. Loosen the roots

  • Gently tease apart any tightly bound roots.
  • Remove dead or damaged roots if needed.

Step 4. Center your succulent:

  • Place the succulent in the indentation, adjusting for balance.
  • Spread roots gently over the soil surface.

Step 5. Fill and firm

  • Add soil carefully around the roots, leaving the base of the stem exposed.
  • Gently press soil to secure the plant, but avoid overpacking.

Step 6. Finish with style

  • Add top dressing (e.g., pebbles, gravel) for drainage and visual appeal.
  • Water sparingly once soil is completely dry (usually several days).

Bonus tip: Resist the urge to overwater! Succulents thrive on neglect.

How To Care For Succulents Indoors

Welcome to Succulent Nirvana. In this section of the guide we are going to cover caring for your succulents. For the most part, there is nothing to do when caring for these plants other than the occasional light watering. However, the tips and recommendations below are general guidelines for succulents and may help diagnose or improve any succulents showing signs of disease.

How Much Light To Give Succulents

Bathe your succulents in 6+ hours of bright, indirect sunlight daily. South-facing windows are prime real estate, but fear not, shade dwellers! East or west windows work too, with a little strategic rotation ensuring even growth. For stubborn light corners, a gentle nudge from a grow light can work wonders.

Succulent Watering Tips

Deeply water your succulents until the water trickles out, then let the soil dry completely before doing it again. Think of it as a desert downpour followed by a long, parched summer. Remember, underwatering is far safer than overwatering, which can lead to mushy mayhem. Adjust your watering rhythm with the seasons, giving them a long winter siesta with even less moisture.

What Temperature Do Succulents Need?

Answer: Aim for a cozy 65-75°F (18-24°C) environment. Succulents aren’t fans of extremes, so shield them from cold drafts and scorching sunburns. If your home leans towards the chilly side, a heat mat under their pot can work wonders.

Do Succulents Need Fertilizer?

Succulents, like desert travelers, are accustomed to lean times. Light feeding is sufficient during spring and summer with a diluted cactus/succulent fertilizer. Overfeeding can be like a buffet gone wrong, so go easy on the nutrients.

Low Maintenance Succulent Varieties

Now that you know how to plant & care for succulents, it’s time to dive into different succulent varieties. The succulent species is filled with both useful and beautiful plants. In other words, the species wondrous.

Here are five popular succulent varieties with an emphasis on low maintenance.

Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)

This iconic succulent boasts thick, glossy leaves that shimmer like polished emeralds. A symbol of good luck and prosperity, the Jade thrives in bright, indirect light and infrequent watering. Bonus points for its playful “money tree” nickname!


These quirky cuties, also known as Zebra or Pearly Plants, sport funky stripes, polka dots, and pearly windows on their fleshy leaves. They tolerate lower light conditions and infrequent watering, making them ideal for forgetful plant parents.


With rosettes of velvety leaves in every shade of green, purple, and even blue, Echeverias are the undisputed stars of the succulent world. They love bright, direct sunlight and well-draining soil, and reward you with vibrant blooms in spring and summer.

String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)

Imagine cascading beads of green peas, all strung together! This whimsical succulent trails gracefully from hanging baskets or shelves, bringing a touch of whimsy to any space. Bright, indirect light and occasional watering keep these pearly wonders happy.

Aloe Vera

Not just a sunburn savior, Aloe Vera is a stunning succulent with spiky, fleshy leaves that hold a treasure trove of healing gel. These low-maintenance charmers prefer bright light and well-draining soil, thriving on neglect while adding a touch of desert chic to your decor.

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