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Three Tips for Success with Low-Care Succulents

MKTG-16-404_Partner_Post-_garden_Media_Succulents-01.jpgSucculents are the perfect plant to fall in love with. They have low moisture needs and can be a cinch to cultivate. And, they’re everywhere: all over Pinterest, gracing gardening magazines and blogs, and even in featured in retail displays in jewelry stores, furniture stores, and more.

It’s not really a surprise: Succulents are beautiful and offer gorgeous tones of silver, blue, and purple as well as the more traditional tones of green found in more familiar houseplants. 

Ever wonder how to care for them? Here are three easy tips:

1.  Shine On

Low-water succulents thrive in lots and lots of light. If you've been told to keep your houseplants out of direct sun, forget that rule with succulents. They love the sun, both indoors and out.

Don't have a sunny spot? Don't worry! Succulents also do great in artificial light. And you don’t need to have special bulbs; regular florescent or LED bulbs are ideal. In fact, an inexpensive shop light will give succulents good light. Suspend the shop lights 6 inches over your succulents.  When it comes to light, more really is better with succulents. Too little light is the most common issue when growing succulents indoors.

2.  Don’t Drench

The second most common problem folks have with succulents is watering – too much of it. Most of the time, water your succulents once every two weeks or so.

To test if succulents need water, just insert a toothpick up the drainage hole of the container. If the toothpick comes out with soil sticking to it, you don’t need to water.

3.  Avoid Chills

If you live in a cold-weather area, ensure your succulents don't get cold. Keep them out of a chilly window. Window sills, particularly drafty ones, may be substantially colder than the surrounding room.  See! It’s easy! With these three tips you're sure to enjoy success with beautiful low-water indoor succulents.


Justin Hancock, Costa Farms garden expert. Passionate about plants only begins to describe Justin. A lover of houseplants, tropicals, annuals, and perennials, Justin has a wealth of experience gardening all the way from Northern Minnesota to Miami. At Costa Farms, you’ll find Justin running between research and development, marketing, and everywhere in between!