How to Not Kill Your Succulent

Hint: When it comes to watering, less is more. Get more pro tips here.

Our Floral department features more than just thriving blossoms. Succulents have been quickly growing in popularity across our markets, and it’s no surprise. These beautiful starter plants add lush pops of green to any home or office and serve as a perfect gift for just about any occasion.

Succulents have a reputation for practically taking care of themselves, which means you don’t have to possess a green thumb to own one (or several). Before you shop our diverse selection of potted and unpotted plants, these four simple guidelines will set you up for succulent success.


Succulents love sunshine, so try to leave yours on a sunny windowsill. If you would rather show off your succulent on your not-so-sunny coffee table or bookshelf, then play musical chairs with placement and let it hang out in a sunny spot for at least six hours a day.


Less is more. In the summer, you’ll want to water your succulent about once a week. In the winter, you can get away with once every two weeks. The top half of soil should be dry every time you add water. Look at the leaves for your cue — firm and plump leaves are good to go, soft and pliable could use some H₂O.


Succulents love well-draining soil. Opt for soil varieties that mix in gravel or sand.


Keep it cozy. Smaller pots are ideal, since succulents like to keep their roots tight and close to each other.

Ready to jump on the succulent bandwagon? Visit the Floral department at your local Whole Foods Market store opens in a new tab — and don’t hesitate to ask a team member to help you select the perfect one.

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