How much sun / light do succulents need?

Different succulent varieties have different light needs. You can find the recommended light conditions for each variety listed in our online catalog to the right of the plant's description. We use four categories of recommended light, and some plants can thrive under a range of light conditions.

Low Indoor Light

  • Can grow indoors without direct sun.
  • Placing outdoors in direct sun or on sunny window sills might cause dark burns.
  • There are a limited number of succulent varieties that thrive in low light, notably Haworthia, Gasteria, Peperomia, and some Jade.

Bright Indoor Light

  • Can grow indoors if near a sunny window or under a grow light.
  • Might show signs of stretching, fading, and greening if given too little light.
  • Many soft succulents can thrive in these conditions.

Filtered / Partial Sun

  • Can grow outdoors under filtered light (e.g. dappled light under a tree) or partial sun (e.g. direct sun in the morning, shade in the afternoon).
  • Most succulents thrive in these conditions, but always good to watch for signs of stretching or sunburn and adjust location accordingly.

Full Sun

  • Grows well outdoors with 4-12 hours of direct sun every day.
  • Will stretch, fade, and revert to green if given too little sunlight.
  • Most hardy succulents thrive in full sun when temperatures are below 80F. Some soft succulents like full sun, others do not.