How to Take Care of Succulents, Inside or Outdoors 

Keep indoor succulents near a bright window that gets at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight daily. To maintain light distribution, rotate plants regularly.  



Outdoor succulents flourish in broad sun to light shade, depending on species. Choose a sunny spot, but protect against harsh afternoon sun in hot areas.  


Water indoor succulents lightly, letting the soil dry between waterings. To avoid rot, water the soil instead of spraying foliage.  



For outdoor succulents, water deeply but rarely, letting the soil dry out. Morning watering helps remove extra moisture and prevents fungal illnesses.  


Use succulent and cactus-specific well-draining potting mix. You can also combine standard potting soil with perlite, coarse sand, or pumice to promote drainage.  


Cactuses prefer 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). Most species can handle brief colder temperatures, but frost or sustained freezing can injure them.  


Arid-adapted succulents prefer low humidity. Indoors, circulate air to avoid dampness around plants. Succulents flourish outside in dry settings but may need shelter from extreme humidity.  


Active succulents need a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength in spring and summer. Fertilize carefully because succulents need few nutrients.  


Dead leaves and bloom stalks should be removed to keep plants healthy. Leggy growth should be cut to compress. Check for aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites and treat quickly with natural or chemical remedies.  


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