Succulents: How to Plant Them (and Keep Them Alive)

Plants can make a house a home. For the past year now, succulents have been the plant of choice to add home-y-ness, a hint of color, and personality to a room. They’re cute, diverse, and low maintenance. If they’re the right plant for you, here are the top 3 tips to perfect your succulent planting and keeping.

Planting Your Succulent

The size of the pot matters. You want the pot to fit the room aesthetic, but the pot should also fit the plant. Make sure that the succulent has enough room to grow its potential flowers and spread its roots; leave around ½” to 1” between the succulent and edge of the pot. In addition, pay close attention to the pot’s drainage system. Roots don’t do well with wet soil, so ensure your succulent’s breathability with a hole at the bottom of the pot. If you’re worried about soil falling out, use mesh tape or a layer of pebbles to cover the hole but not prevent the water flow. Don’t forget to fill the pot to the top with soil and any other top dressings.

I find that the best time to photograph my plant babes are early mornings. Do you have a favorite time of day you take pictures of your succulent babes? #NoFilter edits necessary…just look at the vivid color of this purple #planter and #echeveriajoandaniel. . It’s Monday, let’s have a great week!! 🌵🌵🌵 . #echeveria . #MySucculentAddictionIsReal #CristeesSucculentAddictionIsReal #SucculentAddict #SucculentAddiction #SucculentHoarder #SucculentLove #SucculentLover #Succulent #Succulents #SucculentContainer #SucculentGarden #SucculentsOfInstagram #SucculentObsession #BackyardSucculents #SucculentsInMyGarden #HomeGarden #PlantingSucculentsForTheFuture #LookingForwardToRetiringAndJustPlantingSucculents #PlantingSucculentAtRetirement #LoveSucculentForever #BayAreaSucculents

A post shared by CrisTee’s Succulent Garden (@mysucculentaddictionisreal) on

Placing Your Succulent

Though succulents are low-maintenance, the one thing they do need is ample sunlight. Place them on a window sill or in a room that faces south so as to maximize sunlight exposure on a daily basis. By doing this, you can prevent the weird bending and expanding of its leaves. If none of your rooms have suitable lighting, then purchase a grow light to supply them with as much light as possible.

Here’s a few of my favorite farina covered beauties. The bottom left is the one I got today from @sobesuccs and I’m trying to see what it looks most like. Swipe to see the names of each. What are your thoughts? • • • • • #succulentlove #succulent #succulents #succulove #planthoarders #gardenersofinstagram #cacti #cactus #succulentaddict #succulenthoarder #succulentobsessed #succs #succulentsandclay #raresucculents #myplantlovinghome #iloveplants #plantaddiction #houseplantclub #crazyplantlady #succulentsofinstagram

A post shared by Succulents & Clay (@succulents.and.clay) on

Watering Your Succulent

Most importantly, don’t over water your succulents. Succulents store water in their leaves and stems, so they won’t die right away if you forget to water them. After planting, leave it sit for one to two days before watering so the roots can settle in first. Too much water can cause the roots to rot. The golden rule is, water the plant a lot at once, not often. That means soaking your succulents about once a week until water is coming out of the drainage hole and letting the soil dry out completely between waterings.

💦The amount you water your plants outdoors will also depend on your 📍location and the humidity where you live🌎. The ☀️hotter it is the more you’ll need to water💧and the more humid it is, the less you’ll need to water. I generally water my plants🍃 every 2-3 days during the heat of the 🔥summer. I’m not able to leave my plants outside during the ❄️winter as it gets too cold and they’ll freeze. But when it does start cooling off I cut back to watering once a week and sometimes every other week. Since it tends to be ☀️warmer outside than inside the water💧will ☁️evaporate faster so the plants will need to be watered a little more often. It is still important for the plants🌿 to dry out before you water again, so make sure you’re paying attention to how your plants are growing🌱 #cactus#mia#miami#doral#coralgables#decor#home#gift#watersucculents#water#care#plantscare#succulentlove#instacactus#green#greenlove#nature#floral#cacti#june#summertime#summer#junio#thecactusfactory #terranium

A post shared by The Cactus Factory (@thecactusfactory) on


Here at Common, we have sunny rooms and chic furnishings perfect for you and your plants. Learn more about our homes here.

Why it’s Important to Know Your Neighbors

A 2010 Pew Research Center survey found that the majority of American adults (57%) knew only some or none of their neighbors by name.