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Create Show Stopping Planters + How to Care For Succulents Indoors

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Create show-stopping succulent planters and learn how to care for succulents indoors with these tips for potting soil, sunlight, watering, and more! If you’d like to learn how to care for succulents, my quick and easy tips will help them thrive in your home too!growing succulents indoors

My grandma used to grow the most beautiful plants and they make a lovely addition to my own home now. One of the funnest things for me is seeing my kids also getting interested in them. My eldest daughter has a lovely collection in her room and has started propagating them too.

These types of plants have really grown in popularity the last few years because they are just so versatile and easy to take care of!

How to Care For Succulents Indoors & Create Show Stopping Planters

Some people think they’re are hard to take care of, but I think the opposite is actually true. If you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, you will need to bring them indoors during the winter but can put them outdoors in spring and summer.  

Growing succulents in your home is not hard if you follow these tips for potting soil, sunlight, and watering. 


Potting Soil for Succulents

Getting the right potting soil is very important. Many succulents that you buy in nurseries are planted in thick soil which retains a lot of moisture. Since they don’t need so much water, make sure to use the proper soil once you get them home.

When you bring your plant home, transfer it to a pot with a coarse potting mix or well draining soil to facilitate better drainage and aeration. Succulents planted in the right potting soil will do so much better!

Specially made soil for cactus and succulents that you can find at Home Depot or the local nursery work really well. I also recommend adding pumice to your potting mix to avoid compaction and have better drainage.

Remember to wet the soil mix a little bit before transplanting to evenly distribute moisture throughout your container. This little tip will help your succulents thrive.

Sunlight is so Important!

Your plants will be happiest in a south facing window that gets at least six hours of sun every day. If you don’t have a south facing window, east facing windows also provide nice light. 

You can tell they might not be getting if enough light if you notice thinning or see them extending toward the light. If you notice these signs, consider finding a new home for your indoor succulents so they can get more sun exposure. 

Watering Your Plant

You do not need to water these indoor plants a lot. Remember, they are originally desert plants and overwatering can kill your succulent. Wait to water your succulents until the soil is drying, usually no more than once per week.

Now that you know how to care for succulents, here are tips for creating beautiful indoor planters!

colorful succulents

Want to Grow Succulents Indoors in Planters?

Indoor succulent planters are perfect for so many people. Now that you know how to care for succulents, here are a few things to consider for growing them in planters. Not only are they lovely outside, but they are also great inside too. 

Containers for Indoor Succulent Gardens

Many containers make beautiful homes for succulents. I’ve used terra cotta, milk glass, mason jars, cans – there are so many options. The most important consideration when it comes to containers is drainage.

It’s best to use containers with drainage holes. Also you will want to choose a container that is at least 1-2 inches larger than its original container from the nursery. 

I love lots of pots I love that don’t have drainage holes, so if you’re like me, you will either want to drill drainage holes, or add rocks to the bottom of your containers so the water will drain without holes.

If you do use glass jars as containers pay attention to the roots. Technically, glass containers are not not advisable for long-term use because often the roots rot. I personally have used lots of glass type containers for succulents without issues, but I always make sure to add rocks to help with drainage.

beautiful succulent container garden

Trailing succulents add a lot of visual interest in your indoor planters

Trailing succulents are lots of fun too! If you want to add interest to your succulent planters, add trailing varieties like String of Bananas or String of Pearls. 

Always be sure to check the labels that come with the plant so you’ll have an idea about their sunlight needs, size, and growth spread of your juicy new succulents.

Need Succulents for Shady Spots?

If you want to place a succulent in a dark and shaded corner of your home, you may want to consider getting a plant that can handle low light. Mother-in-law’s tongue can be the perfect plant for a shaded region at home. Hens and Chicks and aloe also do well in shade. One of my favorite succulents is called Saucer Plant and it does well in the shade too.

Where to Buy Succulents

Succulents are gaining in popularity, but they can still be a little tricky to find. I have found them at places like ALDI, Lowes, and seasonal garden centers, but we also love succulent subscription boxes. Do you have a favorite place to buy succulents?

What’s your favorite succulent or succulent planter container? I’d love to hear!

If you liked this post on how to care for succulents, you might like these posts as well:

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

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