There are many different types of succulents available and growing succulents at home is more popular than ever. Keeping these plants alive is not always easy, though: not only can it be quite difficult to figure out how to water them, planting is also an issue. What kind of soil do they need? What type of planter is best?
Keep reading for everything you need to know about how to plant succulents indoors!
What kind of soil do succulents need?
Succulents usually naturally occur in relatively arid environments with nutrient poor soil. They have evolved to use any available water very effectively, which also means they don’t do well with too much water. What this means when choosing soil for your indoor succulents is that you should always go for something very well draining and definitely not too rich. No peat or coco coir! It also means that most store-bought succulents should be repotted as soon as possible, as they’re often planted in soil that retains too much moisture which can cause rot very quickly.
A good guideline is to use a mixture of regular potting soil and some type of gritty material: pumice, perlite or coarse sand. Although the ideal mixture depends on which kind of succulent you’re planting, equal parts grit and potting soil should often work well enough. Some succulent lovers also swear by extremely gritty mixtures that contain no potting soil at all, as these reduce the risk of rot even further.
If you don’t feel like mixing your own soil (it can get a little messy, especially if you have to do it indoors), there are plenty of commercial succulent soil mixes out there that you can use, both with potting soil and without potting soil.
What kind of planter do succulents need?
When choosing a planter for your succulents, the same rules should be kept in mind: drainage is the keyword here. Standing water can kill your succulents before you even notice something is wrong. Many succulent lovers prefer using terracotta pots, as these are porous and allow for quick water evaporation. They also usually have a drainage hole, which is another must when it comes to succulent planters.
Although experienced succulent growers can probably control their watering well enough to keep succulents alive in pots with less drainage, going for terracotta planters with a drainage hole is usually just the easiest choice. If you don’t like the look of terracotta, be sure to at least look for a planter with a hole in the bottom or drill one yourself.
Always choose a pot that’s appropriately sized for your succulent(s); definitely avoid anything too large, as the soil won’t dry quickly enough and root rot becomes a risk.
More information about the different aspects of succulent plant care can be found in the succulent tag. Keep in mind that not all succulents are the same, though! General guidelines work well for most but not all.
If you have any more questions about how to plant succulents or want to share your own experiences, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!