10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Caring for Succulent Plants

Treating them like other houseplants

Succulents need more sunlight and airflow, and they have different watering needs compared to other plants.

Choosing the wrong kinds of succulents

Not all succulents are suitable for indoor growing. Some require more water and sunlight than others.

Using the wrong soil

Many succulents are sold in soil that's too dense. It's best to repot them in a gritty succulent soil.

Using a non-draining planter

Succulents need their soil to dry out between waterings. Without drainage holes, this becomes challenging.

Not giving them enough light

Most succulents need at least 6-8 hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day to thrive.

Ignoring them completely

Succulents need regular watering, although not too much. Ignoring them can lead to problems.

Getting too many at once

Having too many succulents can make it hard to care for all of them properly.

Watering succulents incorrectly

Watering too much or too little can cause issues. It's best to water thoroughly and then wait until the soil is nearly dry before watering again.

Not topdressing bare dirt

Bare soil can be unattractive and problematic for succulent roots. Cover it with gravel or pebbles.

Not acclimating new plants

New succulents should be gradually introduced to more sunlight to prevent sunburn.