First timers follow these steps for successful care of your new plants:
- Choose an appropriate succulent for your indoor light and growing conditions.
- Provide a well-draining potting soil medium.
- Most succulents like direct sunlight.
- Sansevieria (called snake plants or mother-in-law tongue) are low light-tolerant plants.
- If you plan to grow your succulent in a hanging planter, a trailing variety like string of bananas, pearls or burrows tails is a good choice.
Place the potted succulent in a sunny location.
Most succulents prefer at least 6 hours of sun per day, so try to place them near a south- or east-facing window. You may notice your succulents becoming spindly or stretching toward the light if they don’t get enough sun.
Allow the potting mix to dry out between waterings.
The number-one mistake many people make with succulents is overwatering them. It’s best to water more, but less frequently. Saturate the potting mix thoroughly (while ensuring water flows out of the drainage hole properly) but allow the mix to dry out slightly before the next watering. If the potting mix stays consistently wet every day, the plant may eventually die. Fertilize your succulents at least once a year.