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How to Take Care of Plants and Succulents Inside and Outside

A lot of people grow succulents in and outside of their homes because they’re considered to be relatively low-maintenance plants. Unlike many house plants, succulents can survive through neglect. This makes them a great house plant for individuals that travel often and don’t want to have someone come to water their plants, and for those whose thumbs are more brown than green. While it’s true that many types of succulents are able to survive with limited access to water, it still takes some effort to keep these plants alive and growing. Here are our favorite tips for succulents to help keep them growing strong:

Decide Which Ones to Grow Inside

Like most plant types, succulents come in different varieties, which have their own unique needs. In order words, make sure you look into what types of succulents you’re getting before figuring out where you’d like to place them. Here are the best types of plants and succulents to grow inside your home:

  • Snake plants
  • Aloe vera
  • Panda plant
  • String of pearls
  • Jade plant
  • Christmas cactus
  • String of bananas
  • Zebra cactus
  • Crown of thorns
  • Pebble plant
  • Burro’s tail
  • Pencil cactus

Now that you know what types of succulents grow well indoors, it’s time to figure out what type of succulents you should get based on your indoor conditions. If you’d like to keep your succulent in a more shaded area of your home, you should look into a plant that is tolerant of minimal light, such as the snake plant. When you’d like to keep your succulent in a hanging planter, you might look into a trailing variety, such as the string of bananas. When you purchase a succulent – with the intention of keeping it indoors or outdoors – you should always read the directions that come with them to make sure you are taking proper care.

The Best Outdoor Succulent Varieties

An outdoor succulent garden might be a little trickier to manage than an indoor one for this sole reason: You can’t control outdoor weather conditions as easily as you can control the conditions in your home. You don’t know when a cloudy day will obstruct the sun for an extended period of time, or when rain will overwater your outdoor plants. It’s possible to maintain outdoor succulents in all types of weather conditions.

Some types of succulents we recommend for those new to outdoor gardening are sedum – also known as stonecrop – and sempervivum – or houseleeks. That’s because these varieties are adaptable to different levels of brightness or dimness. Some other types of succulents that do well outdoors include aloe, aeonium, echeveria and kalanchoe. However, these four plants may not do well in cold winter weather, so if you decide to grow these outdoors, you may want to put them in containers that can be brought indoors easily.

Whether you’re growing a large succulent garden or simply using potted succulents to spruce up your porch or patio area, play around with different shapes, colors and sizes. These durable plants can do wonders to improve the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs

When your succulent isn’t doing well, it will often show physical signs of neglect, dehydration or dying. Make sure you’re alert to the following warnings and what they mean about what your succulent needs:

  • When your succulents become spindly or stretch toward the light, they probably aren’t getting enough sun. Most succulents need at least six hours of sunlight every day. If you see this warning sign, try moving your plant by a south- or east-facing window for extra sun exposure.
  • If the potting mix or soil stays wet for more than one day after you water it, you might be overwatering your succulent. This is one of the most common mistakes new succulent caregivers make when they’re new to this species. Unlike many plants, which need to be watered several times a week, succulents typically do best when they’re watered infrequently. Make sure the soil is dried out before watering your succulent again or you might risk losing your plant.
  • If your succulent is starting to dry up or wrinkle, you might not be watering it enough. Fortunately, it’s easier to help an underwatered succulent than it is to save an overwatered one. Once you start to notice its leaves drying out, make sure you give it some more water. After a few watering sessions, your succulent should be back to its healthy self!

If you’d like to provide a nice addition to your indoor space or porch, you might consider Teleflora’s Desert Beauty Succulent Garden. This low-maintenance, long-lasting plant is comprised of green sedum plants, a large green echeveria succulent, small green echeveria plants and small river rocks, all delivered in a weathered slate round pot. Because they arrive in full bloom, you won’t have to wait around patiently for your succulents to achieve maximum growth; all you’ll have to do is maintain their health!

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