- 1 Here are some of the plants that you can use for your indoor succulent garden
- 2 B. The Best Container to Use For an Indoor Succulent Garden
- 3 How to Make an Indoor Succulent Garden
- 4 Additional Tips for Your Indoor Succulent Garden
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions
Succulents are cute and lovable and have been quite popular among homeowners as a part of decorations even indoors. Do you love succulents? Are you planning to make an indoor succulent garden in your home? We have great news for you!
Here at Eden Succulents, we will be discussing the steps on how to make an indoor succulent garden. Make sure to read on below so you will be equipped with the knowledge and you will get all the information you will need to make a successful indoor succulent garden.
Succulents are the type of plants that are capable of thriving in harsh climates; they have fleshy stems, leaves, and roots that can store water. Succulents have been a popular choice for plant lovers because they can survive even with a small amount of water.
Some succulents are tolerant of harsh climate conditions and can survive droughts and dry areas, such as deserts. Shaded areas and dry conditions can be recreated indoors, that’s why you can have your very own indoor succulent garden. There are plenty of succulent varieties to choose from that you can grow indoors.
Succulents are an amazing addition to any room in your home. Some succulents are also capable of blooming flowers that have different color variations. Succulents are low maintenance and can be cared for indoors. If you are a plant lover and you want to grow succulents indoors, we will be happy to help you and share with you the following information below. Happy succulent planting!
A. Choose what succulents to combine and plant together – You can choose small succulent plants and combine them and plant them in a container so it will be easy for you to care for all of them at once. By creating a mini indoor succulent garden, there will be less watering and less maintenance This makes it a perfect idea for individuals who have busy schedules.
Make sure to choose the succulents that will complement each other. Succulents come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. You can visit your local garden center and ask them for help which ones will be great as a part of an indoor garden. You can also use succulent cuttings from your garden and use them for your indoor garden.
When combining succulents, be sure to choose colorful succulents, varicolored ones like the Zebra plant and plants that have different shapes and sizes. You can combine small succulents and make lovely arrangements that will add an aesthetic boost to your living room's appearance.
When you are choosing plants, make sure to choose the ones that you like as well as consider the size of the container that you will be using. You will base your mini garden on the succulent container that you will use.
To start your mini succulent garden, you can choose one tall succulent plant. This plant will be the focal piece of the arrangement. You can also add smaller succulents; these plants will be the filler plants for the collection. You can also add a flowing succulent plant.
The beauty of an indoor succulent garden is that you will be able to choose which plants you can use. An example is rat tail cactus, aeonium aloe, haworthia, zebra plant, and echeveria succulents. You have the freedom to mix and match whichever succulents you like to add to your indoor garden.
Here are some of the plants that you can use for your indoor succulent garden
1. Crown of Thorns – This succulent is an excellent choice if you want to add a splash of color to your indoor garden. This plant will need enough sunlight and can bloom red or yellow bracts with small flowers and can bloom all year round. This plant needs low to moderate watering and must be placed in direct sunlight so it will produce the best blooms.
2. Zebra Plant – This succulent is named as such because it has horizontal stripes for its leaves. It is can grow 5 inches in length and 6 inches in width. The zebra plant is a perfect addition to an indoor succulent garden. It only requires a moderate amount of watering and sunlight exposure to grow healthy and well.
3. Aloe Vera – The Aloe Vera is a very popular succulent plant because of its medicinal properties for humans. Its sap can be used to heal wounds and also soothe burns. Aloe vera needs full sunlight and needs to be watered when the leaves are a bit dry or brittle.
4. Snake Plant – The snake plant (Sansevieria) is one of the most tolerant succulent plants. You can add this plant to your indoor succulent garden. It can survive with low light, a small amount of water, and has only a few insect problems. This plant is also known to remove toxins in the air, such as formaldehyde and benzene, which makes them the perfect houseplants.
5. Jade Plant – This succulent plant is a native plant commonly found in South Africa. This plant has thick stems and glossy green leaves. The jade plant can withstand bright light and will need watering when the soil feels dry. Just make sure to avoid overwatering, as this plant can be killed easily.
6. Panda Plant – The panda plant is a succulent that has white hairs that gives it a fuzzy texture. This succulent is a native plant commonly found in Madagascar. This plant can survive dry climate indoors. Water your panda plant to prevent the leaves from withering.
7. Echeveria – This succulent plant comes in different colors and can thrive in dry climates. The plant will need watering when the soil is dry. Use a clay pot like this, clay pots allow water to evaporate. The echeveria can tolerate full sun exposure and you must use a well-draining soil like this.
If you are a beginner, use this book so you will know the important information that you will need on how to create an indoor succulent garden.
B. The Best Container to Use For an Indoor Succulent Garden
When planning for an indoor succulent garden, you must also consider the container that you will use. Succulents are prone to overwatering, so you must use a container that has drainage holes. This container can be used for your indoor garden. Terracotta containers can be used as well. Get one here. You can use this soil because succulents also need well-draining soil.
Terracotta pots are preferable for indoor succulent gardens because they are known for absorbing moisture and will help the soil to dry out faster. Succulent plants need the soil to dry out fast in between watering.
How to Make an Indoor Succulent Garden
Supplies needed for an indoor succulent garden
1. Get the succulent container and check the holes – If the container has large holes, you must use drainage netting. The drainage netting will prevent the soil from washing out of the drainage holes. At the same time, it will allow the water to drain out completely.
2. Add the succulent/cactus soil – This soil is preferred for succulents because it is well-draining. Succulents will not be able to survive in moist soil; their roots are prone to rotting. You must fill the container about half full with succulent soil.
3. Add the focal succulent plant – The focal plant is the tallest plant of the indoor succulent garden. You can design it by placing your focal plant in the center of the pot; you can also place it in the back. Try experimenting. You will be able to find the best arrangement by trying out different arrangements of the plants.
4. Add the filler plants – The filler plants are the smaller succulents that can be added to the indoor succulent garden. These plants can be placed around the focal plant. The filler plants will take up the bulk of the pot, so they will take a lot of space. You can mix and match your favorite succulents, and check how the arrangement looks like once it is done.
5. Add the flowing succulent plant – This type of plant will enhance the beauty of your indoor succulent garden. The stems of the plant can overflow or spill out of the container which creates a new dimension to your indoor succulent garden. You can add one or more cascading plants, depending on your preference or how big the succulent container you will be using.
6. Fill the container with succulent soil – After adding all the succulents you have chosen for your indoor succulent garden, you can now fill the spaces between the plants with cactus/succulent soil. Place the soil gently as you work to fill the pot accordingly.
7. Water the succulents – After arranging everything, you must water the soil so all the succulents can settle and the succulents will be able to get established in the pot.
8. You can add the decorative rocks like this to add an aesthetic appeal to your indoor succulent garden – This step can be done after the soil has settled in the container. The decorative rocks will add a nice finishing touch to your indoor succulent garden and also it will keep the soil from washing out when you water it.
Additional Tips for Your Indoor Succulent Garden
1. Place your indoor succulent garden in a sunny area. Just like any other plant, succulents need sunlight for them to live. Some succulents need at least 6 hours of sunlight exposure daily. You can place them in a south or west-facing window. Succulents that do not get enough sunlight are prone to become leggy or stretchy towards a light source. You can also use grow lights like this.
2. Allow the soil to dry out in between watering. One of the most common mistakes when growing succulents is overwatering them. Too much water can cause rotting of the succulent stems, leaves, and roots. Saturate the soil and allow it to dry out before watering again. If the potting soil stays wet, the plant can die. Use pumice stones to help drain water from the pot.
3. Fertilize the succulents at least once a year. The succulents need fertilizer during the growing season or springtime or late summer for winter-blooming plants. You can use a water-soluble fertilizer like 10-10-10 or 8-8-8, read the instructions in the product label and follow it accordingly. You can dilute the fertilizer and use half-strength only.
The plants do not need fertilizer during winter as some of them have winter dormancy. They will not need any nutrient boost when they are actively growing. You can also use manure tea, as it is safe and will not cause burns on the plants. Organic fertilizers are safe for the succulent plants and the environment as well. Get yours here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: Can you use succulent seeds
Answer: Yes, succulent seeds can be used. The seeds can grow indoors, just make sure to expose it with the right amount of sunlight and plant them in moist soil but they will grow slowly. The succulent seedlings need at least 6 months to a year before they can be repotted.
Question 2: Can you use succulent cuttings?
Answer: You can use succulent cuttings from your succulent collection. This way you can save money and use the available resources in your garden.
Question 3: Can you use sand as a soil for succulents?
Answer: Succulents are known to thrive in the sand in the wild, but they grow well in loose, well-draining, rocky soil. Sand is prone to compaction over time, causing the water to be retained in the container. The best soil for succulents is the cactus/succulent mix; you can buy one or create your very own mix.
Answer: The leaves found in the lowest part of the plant (the ones near the soil) normally shrivel and wither. However, if all the leaves are withered, dried up, or shriveled, that means the plant is experiencing pests and diseases and it can also be caused by overwatering.