Houseplants and Succulents: Common Care Mistakes

Houseplants and succulents are one way to liven up a living space or office. Most are easy to care for and can be a quick fix to help bring a nature feel indoors. With health benefits like improving air quality and boosting your mood, why wouldn’t you fill all your spaces with greenery?

You don’t need a green thumb to own an assortment of foliage, but you do need to follow certain care instructions. We want to help you keep your plants thriving, so we put together a list of the most common mistakes made while caring for houseplants and succulents.



This is the number one mistake made by plant owners. It can be a hard line to walk. On one end, over watering can drown your plants. The excess amount of water flushes away valuable nutrients from the soil and can strangle the roots, preventing them from being able to grow. On the other hand, under watering can cause your plant to shrivel and die of thirst. The first step is to understand the watering needs of the specific plant types you own. It might seem strange, but some houseplants and succulents only need to be watered every 1-2 weeks. A good test before watering is to feel the soil. It’s best to let the soil dry out completely before watering again. When watering, you want to make sure you water enough so that the soil feels damp.


Two words…Drainage holes! Drainage holes help prevent the soil from retaining too much water. If roots sit in over saturated soil, they quickly start to rot. If your favorite pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, don’t worry! You can easily add one by drilling a hole in the bottom.


Succulents and some houseplants don’t do well in conventional garden soil. You need a well-draining soil. You should also add some fertilizer. Just like any other plant, they need a variety of macro and micro-nutrients to survive and thrive. A little bit of fertilizer can be the key to having healthy, long lasting green plants.


The beauty of a succulent arrangement is undeniable; however, longevity of those plants can be short lived! At a certain point, close becomes too close, and some plants reach a size threshold in which they can no longer compete for nutrients. Keep an eye on your arrangements. If you start to notice some plants are withering or dying, consider replanting in another pot or container on their own.


Understanding the care instructions for the types of plants you own is crucial, especially when it comes to the amount of light needed. Some plants only need a few hours of indirect light a day, while others may need full, direct sun a majority of the time. Place plants in areas of your home or office that easily gives them the sun light they require. If the space is too dark, the best method is to put your plants outside or in a bright window for the weekend.  You can also invest in growing lights.



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