A Simple Guide to Caring for your Succulents
Succulent plants are one of the easiest to grow in your indoor garden, but there are some things you need to know in order to keep your plants happy and healthy. We’ll provide you with simple tips to help you keep your succulent plants alive.
GIVE THEM LIGHT.
Succulent plants typically need about six hours of bright, indirect sunlight. It may also vary from half a day to a full day.
If you’re growing a succulent plant indoors, place it near the sunniest window or the brightest area in your home. Keep your plant as close to the window as possible.
If your succulents aren’t acquiring enough light, they will eventually start to stretch to get as much exposure as they can. They will spread their leaves and bend toward the light.
In some cases, a succulent can get sunburned if the light it’s receiving is too hot. However, this is extremely rare, so it won’t become an occurring issue.
You’re able to grow almost any succulent indoors as long as you give it enough sunlight.
WATER ENOUGH, BUT NOT TOO MUCH.
This is one of the trickiest things to master when keeping a succulent healthy.
A simple explanation is by Darren Irwin, the founder and owner of The Succulent Source in Southern California: Water when dry; never water when wet, damp, or moist.
Succulents enjoy having their roots soaked with water, but then dry out quickly. When the soil is dry for a few days, that’s when you start watering them again!
The easiest way to kill an indoor succulent is to water them daily, so it’s best for succulent owners to avoid it.
PUT THEM IN THE BEST CONTAINERS.
First, after buying your plant, remove them from their pots and put them in a container. Possible options for your containers are terra cotta pots or ceramic, plastic, or metal containers. It is preferred to have a drainage hole for these containers.
Make sure the soil level remains the same depth on the plant. Your succulents will be happy with a layer of pebbles or pea gravel spread on the soil around the plant.
Avoid using glass containers unless you already have a keen knowledge in taking care of a succulent.
Take note of the size of your container as well! Depending on your pot, the size of your succulent will vary.
CAREFULLY PICK YOUR SOIL.
Succulents prefer soil that doesn’t hold water, You can use cactus soil, gardening soil (with added pumice or perlite), sand or gravel for better drainage, or you can also buy at your local nursery! Another option is to make your own succulent soil by putting together pine bark fines, turface, and crushed granite.