Indoor succulents are a great way to add some life to your home without worrying about them too much. These plants are easy to care for and don’t need a lot of water, making them perfect for those who are busy or don’t have a lot of space. There are many indoor succulents, so you can find one that fits your style and personality. Whether you want a plant that is low maintenance or one that will add some color to your home, there is an indoor succulent for you.

I am going to demonstrate to you the proper techniques for growing succulents indoors.

Supplies Needed for Planting Succulents indoors

Succulent plants are gaining popularity, but many people don’t know how to plant them indoors correctly. Here are some supplies you’ll need to get started:

Pot: A pot with holes for drainage will prevent roots from sitting in stagnant water.

Soil: Succulents are drought-tolerant plants that do not require constant moisture; therefore, their potting soil should be porous and well-draining, with a lower percentage of organic matter than traditional indoor soil mixes. Using a loose, grainy soil mixture with plenty of sand and perlite or pumice is best.

Fertilizer: Use one Moo Poo tea bag for every three gallons of water and let it steep for a full night. Pour around the plant’s base until the water runs out the bottom. Or, use fish emulsion that has been divided in half.

Mulch: Mulch helps keep the soil cool and prevents moisture from evaporating.

Water: Only water succulents when the soil is completely dry. There is no one way to water succulents that work for all of them in all climates. Many people who grow succulents indoors find that watering them every 14–21 days is enough to keep them alive. Drainage is essential so excess water doesn’t pool around your succulents.

Light: Some varieties of succulents need a window to get sunlight. Others are pretty happy in the dark.

Planting: Start with small plants.

Soil Mix for Succulent

Soil Mix for Succulent

The best way to mix the three aspects is with two parts coarse sand (surface or poultry grit), three parts gardening soil, and one part perlite or pumice. Perlite is a volcanic rock that has been heated and then expanded. This expanding process creates tiny pockets of air that help to aerate the soil and improve drainage.

Place Mesh Over Drainage Hole

Place Mesh Over Drainage Hole

A drainage hole is a hole in the bottom of your pot so that water can drain out, keeping your soil from rotting. It does not mean you should let all the water evaporate, especially on hot summer days. Soil needs to be moist; it’s essential to monitor how much moisture your succulents are getting. Mesh tape works well because it allows water to flow quickly but holds in most soil. You’ll probably find some “dust” falling out, but that’s okay. You can use a mesh screen instead of mesh tape.

Fill Your Pot Almost to the top

Fill Your Pot Almost to the top

Before planting your succulents, ensure the soil is moist and filled almost to the top. You will also want to leave space at the top so that the roots of your succulents will have a comfortable fit, stretch out in their new home, and have room for more soil when they grow larger.

Add a Top Dressing

Add a Top Dressing

A top dressing for succulents is a layer of inorganic material like pebbles, gravel, crushed rock, or crushed seashells spread evenly over the top of the soil after the plants are in place. The top dressing on a succulent is left in place and covers the soil to a depth of about 1/3 inch.

Where should you place succulents indoors?

Where should you place succulents indoors?

There are a few things to consider when choosing where to place them.

  • Place the potted succulent in a sunny location. Most succulents like to get at least 6 hours of sun a day, so try to put them near a window that faces south or east.
  • They also do best in rooms with high humidity levels, so consider placing them near a humidifier or in a spot where they will get indirect light.
  • Ensure the soil is well-drained and free from excess water or salts – these can damage succulents over time.

Types of indoor succulents

Here are four types of succulents that are popular in indoor gardens:

  • The Sedum genus is a rock-loving succulent that grows well under indirect light or partial shade. They come in different colors, including red, yellow, pink, green, and purple.
  • Crassula is another type of succulent that is popular for its variegated leaves. They come in various colors: green, yellow, white, and brown.
  • Sempervivum is a succulent that can grow very large. They come in a range of colors, including green and brown.
  • Aloe vera plants are the most common succulents found indoors.

FAQ About planting a succulent indoor

Can you use regular potting soil for succulents?

Yes, you can use regular potting soil for succulents, as long as it is well-draining. Regular potting soil will work fine as a succulent soil mix, but you may need to add extra perlite or pumice to help with drainage.

Can succulents live inside without sunlight?

Many succulents can live indoors without direct sunlight as long as they are given bright indirect light. However, some succulents will need at least some direct sunlight to thrive. If your succulent is not getting enough light, it may start to stretch out or become leggy.

Are succulents indoor or outdoor plants?

Succulents are indoor plants requiring little water and can thrive in dry, warm conditions. However, some succulents can also be outdoor plants, as long as they are in a location that receives plenty of sunlight.


Succulents are great plants to grow indoors. They are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of sunlight or water. If you want to start growing succulents indoors, there are a few things you need to know. Be sure to reread the article for tips on how to get started. And don’t forget to have fun with it!