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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Aug 14, 2017 9:33 AM CST
I got a few succulents to plant indoors, just wondering if they'd be okay?
I dont know if it helps, but i keep my windows open.
Thanks!
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 14, 2017 9:36 AM CST
They will do best with hours of daily sun if they are going to be indoors. Like right by your sunniest window, ideally. Be really careful with the water if you are not able to provide that much exposure.
Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Aug 14, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Can i set it on the window sill during the day, then put it back after?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 14, 2017 11:14 AM CST
Sure, if you want. Just try to be consistent about it.
Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Aug 14, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Okay thanks! Hurray!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Aug 14, 2017 2:16 PM CST
I agree with Baja and maybe more so. Maximum indoor sun as much as possible. Keep it right on the windowsill rather than next to the window. Also, you have repotted into a fairly large planter that probably does not have drain holes. Allow the soil to dry deep into the pot before watering and add only a small amount when you do.
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Aug 14, 2017 2:44 PM CST
It has to large drain holes on the bottom. Ive heard to water once a week?
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Aug 14, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Try to water to saturation when you do water. There is no advantage to watering short of saturation. It will in fact lead to salt accumulation in the soil over time.

The thing to watch with the watering is not so much the precise amount (which generally should be enough to get the soil properly saturated, so that water comes out the holes in the bottom) but the frequency.

After you have watered well, make sure the pot does not sit in standing water. Then try to track how much moisture is in the soil from that point forward, and wait to water until the soil is going dry. It will dry out at the surface much sooner than it dries out at depth (which is what matters) so you might need to stick your finger or a bamboo chopstick in there to figure out what's happening underground.

The actual interval might be every week or every 2 weeks, probably closer to the latter indoors, but the only way to know for sure is to observe what's happening. You will find you need to water more frequently when it is hot and dry, and less frequently when it is cool and cloudy. More often in the summer, less often in the winter, as a general rule.

Good light will help with the watering and guard against the potential dangers of overwatering (rot). Using soil with some perlite or pumice (or whatever) mixed in, to say 25-50%, will also help guard against overwatering. Air in the soil is generally your friend. A mix that stays soggy is going to be problematic.
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Aug 14, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Oh okay, i got soil for cacti and succulents, and its very fluffy and drains well.
Great advice, will definety go by it!

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