How to Create Your Own Indoor Succulent Garden
You’ve seen them arranged artfully on Instagram posts; you’ve seen them pop up in the latest IKEA catalogue; you’ve seen a sudden influx of them available at your local garden centre – succulent plants are everywhere at the moment. Whether in hanging terrariums, standing in militant rows or placed on a windowsill, they are one of the most popular planting phenomena of recent years.
This is perhaps something to do with the fact that they are both visually pleasing and quite easy to look after for those of us who aren’t blessed with green fingers. They are usually native to dry, arid climates like deserts or dry lakes and so don’t need watering often. They can survive periods of drought as they use their fleshy leaves to store water, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be cared for at all. In fact, like most living things, they need specific conditions to thrive.
If you’re thinking of investing in your own succulent garden, or need some tips on how to care for your existing plants, read on.
What Type of Succulents to Buy
The most popular types of succulent include Hens-n-chicks, which look something like a many-petalled rose, Donkey Tail or Burro’s Tail, which form attractive ‘tails’ that overhang the pot, and Aloe Vera, which have many healing properties when harvested. It’s entirely up to you which succulents you want to buy, but some are better for keeping up high, some require more care, and others have uses beyond just looking pretty. The best thing to do is have a look at the health of some local specimens for sale, chat to an employee at the garden centre, and decide based on what you want from the plant, and what is likely to thrive in your home.
Where to Keep Your New Succulents
This depends on the plant. For example, Echeveria is an attractive flower-like succulent which doesn’t require direct sunlight and prefers temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees C. However, Blue Finger grows best when exposed to a full day of direct bright sunshine, yet prefers a slightly lower temperature range of 12 to 20 degrees C. So, whilst your Echeveria plant may prefer to live on a bookshelf in a cosy corner of the living room, the Blue Finger would prefer to be sat right on the windowsill so that it can soak up all that sunlight whilst benefitting from the breeze. It’s important to take into account each plant’s individual needs when deciding where to keep them in your house.
How to Maintain Succulent Health
As a new succulent owner, you’ll want to ensure their health right from the off. This is where the internet really comes in handy. We’ve learnt to turn to online versions of all our favourite resources, hitting up HBO for television shows, PokerStarsCasino for games, Deepl Translator for any translation needs and AllRecipes for evening meal inspiration. Well, there are also some great online resources where you can find vital information about how to care for your plants. SucculentsandSunshine has a great FAQ about succulent care and even offers a free email series where you’ll learn the basics about how to look after your new plants. Other great resources include SimplySucculents, the RHS website and YouTube channels like Garden Answer. You can also type your question into a search engine and find hundreds of useful websites that will help steer you in the right direction when it comes to indoor plant care.
Common Problems for Indoor Succulents
Unfortunately, just like with any house plant, sometimes problems occur with succulents. The most common issues result from underwatering, overwatering and either too much or too little sunlight. A quick fix could be giving the plant a break from watering if you’ve been watering regularly, or the opposite – give them a good soak if it’s been a while since you remembered to top them up. If it seems like the problem isn’t a common one that’s easily fixed, then apps like PictureThis and The Plant Doctor can diagnose sick plants from photos. Simply take a picture of your whole plant, followed by close ups of the poorly parts and the app will come up with some options for what it might be. You can then follow the instructions provided by the app, use the internet to search for more detailed advice, or consult your closest green-fingered buddy.
Hopefully you’ve found some useful information in this article and you’re now ready and raring to go with your new succulent babies. Just make sure to tend to their individual, though hardly demanding, needs and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful, hardwearing plants that will enrich your home and your life for many years to come. Good luck!