An 8 inch Slanted cut glass succulent terrarium planted with a succulent garden (Succulent varieties depend on availability)
We’re not kidding when we say succulents are foolproof plants, but there are two key things to consider when bringing them home.
How much water do succulents need. Not much. A thorough watering every two to four weeks is plenty. Consider factors that affect your home’s humidity, like your local climate and the time of year, when determining a watering schedule for your plant. Succulents will be thirsty in hot summer months, but can go several weeks between watering in winter (their dormant season). The best thing to do is check the soil every few weeks. If it’s totally dried out, go ahead and water. If not, hold off on the extra H2O. The worst thing you can do is OVER water these juicy plants. Resist the urge to douse them once a week like your other house plants.
How much light do succulents need. Succulents thrive in hot places with plenty of sunshine (read: the desert), so a sunny windowsill is the best place for your indoor terrarium or container garden. Your plant will be happy as long as you can give it bright, filtered light for at least four to six hours daily. If your space is very dimly light and there’s no sunny window in sight, consider choosing an aloe, haworthia or euphorbia species that can thrive in lower light conditions.
Wait, what about fertilizer for my succulents? Fertilizing isn’t totally necessary, but it will help your slow-growing succulent get bigger more quickly than watering alone. A general purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer will do the trick. Cut it to one-fourth strength and use with every watering from March through mid-September.
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone, use the map above or enter your zip code here: USDA Hardiness Zone Finder.