How to Care for Succulents!
How many times have you heard that succulents are impossible to kill?
Yet you can't manage to keep any alive!
There are many common misconceptions about succulent that might contribute to your succulent growing journey, and we are here to help you out!
Did you know succulents originated in africa, north and central america and even the european alps? These are all arid and semi- arid climates. which is probably where the myth “you rarely need to water your succulent” comes from. While yes, succulents are known for storing water in their stems and roots. That doesn't mean they will thrive off a cup of water once a month.
How Much Water Do Succulents Really Need?
To maintain a healthy, happy plant, watering every week and a half to two weeks should be sufficient. Just remember to use well draining soil, a pot with drainage holes, and to let the soil completely dry out between waterings. Also keep in mind that if you are watering too frequently, your succulent leaves will become full of moisture and your plant won't be able to keep up with the weight of the water, which will result in the succulent dropping its leaves. But don't let this scare you! When you water make sure you are completely saturating the soil. Plant parenting sounds scary, but trust us! It's a lot easier than you think.
Is My Succulent Getting Enough sun?
Another common misconception is you can put succulents anywhere in your home, this isn't necessarily true. When succulents are getting the right amount of sun they often “blush” or change colors. This is a great sign of a happy plant and a beautiful transformation to see! Depending on the type of succulent, they will need five to six hours of bright, indirect sunlight. If it's a newly potted succulent try to avoid direct sunlight for they can very easily get scorched by the sun! If you are planning to keep your succulents in direct sunlight, you'll need to gradually introduce them to the heat of the sun. You can do this by putting them in a window with a sheer curtain. This allows your plant to get all the sunlight it can handle, but also avoid getting sunburnt, or too hot. Take away the curtain for twenty to thirty minutes in the sunniest part of the day, and gradually make that time longer everyday until you think your succulent can handle full sun.
The best type of soil for succulents is a sandy, well draining soil. You can create your own mixture or many stores sell pre-mixed soil specifically for succulents But no need to worry, your succulent will most likely do just fine in the soil you have already.
If you were wanting to get into succulents but aren't sure which one is right for you, here is a list of fairly common, easy going succulents!
- Jade Plant (crassula ovata). A slow growing succulent, needs 5-6 hours of bright indirect sunlight. This plant is toxic to pets, So keep in hard to reach places!
- Zebra Cactus (Haworthia Margaritifera). This succulent is beautiful and very hardy, they can grow up to six inches tall. Needs 5-6 hours of bright indirect sunlight.
- String of bananas (Senecio Radicans). An exotic looking succulent that grows fairly quickly! Its leaves resemble tiny bananas or fish hooks. This plant needs 4-5 hours of bright indirect sunlight.
- Panda Plant (Kalanchoe Tomentosa). This succulent has a white fuzzy layer called “trichomes” that help protect the plant from sunburn, moisture loss, and pathogens. Making this a drought resistant plant. Needs 5-6 hours of direct or indirect bright sunlight.
We hope you soaked up this knowledge like succulents soak up water!
If you need any tips on how to avoid root rot or learn about bottom watering, visit one of our previous blogs- HOW TO SPOT ROOT ROT .