• Household Express, Sister Ammarah
    Thursday, 10:05 am - 11:00 am
    [ - ]

Radio Islam Logo

((( Listen Live )))))
Radio Islam Logo

9 Secrets to Growing Succulents Indoors


I’ve killed every succulent I’ve ever attempted to grow. Things start off well enough, but a few weeks after I bring succulents into my home, they start to look spindly and sad before they give up and die. Despite hearing time and again about how foolproof succulents can be, I’ve never had luck. I have a hunch that I’m not the only one. Fellow succulents killers, are you out there?

Distraught about my inability to nurture a succulent in my tiny New York apartment, I took advantage of a recent trip to San Francisco to head to that city’s succulent mecca, Flora Grubb Gardens, to ask for advice: Why are my succulents dying, and how can I stop killing them?

Considering succulents? See our favorite hardy varieties in 10 Easy Pieces:

 Let’s talk climate. Succulents like it dry. Succulents in San Francisco grow like weeds. Wedged between crack in the sidewalks, spilling out of containers in the middle of the street, twisting out of hanging planters suspended from lamp posts, the succulents in the City by the Bay are so healthy and abundant that if I didn’t know better, I might actually believe they were mocking me.

If you live in a wetter climate, let succulents dry out thoroughly between waterings (those pillowy leaves hold moisture for them to use when they’re growing in the desert).

Let the Sun Shine

Give succulents as much sun as possible. Succulents are desert plants. They thrive in hot places with plenty of sunshine. It’s no surprise that a sun-loving plant doesn’t enjoy life in my dimly lit New York apartment.

Conduct Experiments

Try out different kinds of succulents. They’re not all alike. Some will thrive in indoor conditions that others might not like. Read on…

Go Green

Start with the green ones. The greener their leaves, the greater the chances that they’ll survive inside. Pass up the gray ones, the blue ones, and the purple ones, and head straight for succulents with bright green leaves.

Old Faithful

Green succulents in the Crassula genus are a dependable option. A Crassula “Gollum” Jade is available from Mountain Crest Gardens for $3.95.

Agave and Aloe

If you prefer the cactus look, agave and aloe plants can also do surprisingly well indoors if placed in a bright window. The thread-leaf agave (above) has my eye in particular.

Know Your Colors

Part of the appeal of succulents is their variety of colors and shapes. But succulents in the purple and orange color family are really better suited for outdoor spaces.


Instead of focusing on having a variety of color, look for green succulents in a variety of shapes.

Breathing Space

Give succulents room to breathe indoors. In outdoor settings, succulents can do well in crowded compositions, but if you’re hoping for succulents to survive in lower indoor light, it’s best to space them apart so that a maximum amount of sunlight can reach them.

Unglazed Pots
unglazed succulent pot

Planting succulents in unglazed plants can help them to drain completely and will prevent them from becoming waterlogged.

What else? Any other tips for the succulent killers among us?


Prime Spot!!!


Related Articles

The wonder of wild flowers

The wonder of wild flowers

The wonder of wild flowers Proteas and pincushions are popular fynbos species, bringing colour to the garden and attracting birds, bees and butterflies. By Kay Montgomery if you want to create a beautiful garden, full of colour and a haven for bees, birds and...

read more
Turn Your Home Into An Oasis With These Indoor Plants

Turn Your Home Into An Oasis With These Indoor Plants

How to Grow Fern Indoors Part of what will make the process of growing a fern indoors easier is understanding what the plant needs. Ferns are common to tropical climates. They thrive in the filtered light, temperate climate and high humidity of forests. The good news...

read more
Citrus secrets

Citrus secrets

Brighten up your winter garden with the brilliant neon colours of edible citrus fruits! Have you ever considered growing citrus at home? Apart from being edible and rich in vitamin C, the lush, evergreen foliage of citrus plants, their scented blossoms and the...

read more
The process of landscaping a garden

The process of landscaping a garden

The process of putting together a garden works in four stages. You start by pulling out your old garden and levelling the ground. Next you put in the irrigation, then the hardscaping, and, last of all, the plants, leaving the lawn to last. Here is the advice  you need...

read more
Mediterranean Gardens

Mediterranean Gardens

Background Mediterranean gardens get much of their influence from Europe as the name implies. However these include Islamic gardens from the south of Spain during the occupation of the Moors as well as the formal gardens from France where you get the influence of...

read more
Beautiful Plant Images

Beautiful Plant Images

Namaqualand Daisies            Enchainatia                                                                      Veggies Leonotis

read more

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *