Partner Post: The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Succulents

January 19, 2018 The Espoma Company

Whether you’re new to gardening or just looking to try something different, succulents are a great choice for indoor gardening. Their unique shapes, colors, textures and sizes add drama and interest to the décor of any room.

Caring for succulents is easy. With the right plants and a little care, you can grow succulents year-round. Follow these beginner tips to get started.


7 Beginner Tips for Growing Succulents

  1. Pick the best – Look for succulents with good color and healthy foliage. Avoid plants that show signs of damage or those with insects.
  2. Choose the right soil – Succulents thrive in dry climates and need well-draining soil. Use Espoma’s cacti and succulent mix to keep plants healthy.
  3. Accessorize – Succulents can be planted in almost anything with proper drainage. Make sure containers have a drainage hole for excess water to flow through.  
  4. Give them a drink – Water succulents regularly to help plants survive. Water plants when the top inch of soil feels dry and remove all excess water. Succulents with leaves that pucker aren’t getting enough water and ones with soggy leaves are holding on to too much water.
  5. Soak up the sun – Most succulents love light, so put them in spaces where they’ll get four to six hours of sun.
  6. Feed them – Give succulents a boost by fertilizing as needed with Espoma’s new Cactus! Succulent plant food.
  7. Keep plants looking good – Remove dead or decaying leaves to keep plants looking nice and insects at bay.


Want to know more? Learn how to care for succulents in winter

About the Author

The Espoma Company has been the pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929. Espoma provides an extensive selection of natural products that work in harmony with nature and are safe for people, pets and the planet. The company produces more than 100 products to cover the nutritional needs of plants and to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Visit for more information and tips about organic gardening.

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