A common misconception of succulents is they are all indoor & low light plants which require little to no sunlight, as claimed by a lot of succulent sellers out there. The lack of sunlight is most probably one of the main reasons why a lot of people can’t seem to keep these seemingly easy & beginner-friendly desert plants alive. Just like us, succulents do need sunlight to thrive, and will struggle without a good light source. In general, there are two types of succulents: the sunlight loving types, and the shade loving types.

How much sunlight does succulent need? In general, for sunlight loving types, four hours of direct out-in-the-open sunlight daily should suffice. Then people would ask:”Everyday ah? If I move them to the sunlight everyday can or not?” Technically you don’t have to bath them with sunlight strictly everyday (they would LOVE it though), but I find that as long as they get the amount they need, which is at least 30 hours every week (agak-agak) depending on the species of course, they will be fine. If there is no direct sunlight especially when it rains a lot or when it’s rainy season, you just have to place them where it’s as bright as possible to avoid etiolation. Otherwise, four indirect + two direct hours of sunlight should suffice. The only way for your succulents to have nice rosette shapes, sturdy leaves and striking colors is by giving them plenty of direct sunlight!

What are the sunlight loving types? Sedum, echeveria, crassula, kalanchoe, sempervivum, graptopetalum, bryophyllum, cotyledon, monanthes, Portulaca, senecio to name a few.

Not so sunlight loving types? Haworthia, gasteria, aloe, hoya, ceropegia, schlumbergera, hatiora, stapelia are the examples. To make it easier, I’ll just call them the soft-sunlight types.