Keeping your plants healthy and beautiful
Caring for Succulents
General Care for Succulents
With proper growing conditions, succulents will pretty much take care of themselves and actually thrive on neglect. Your major task will be moving them from hot sun to shade or moving them when the temperature drops too low. Succulents have underdeveloped root systems, since they store their water in their leaves and stems. They have the ability to product roots along their stems, which you may notice if the plant gets pot bound or the stems fall and touches the soil.
Succulents do well indoors or outdoors. Outside is best and they like morning sun to afternoon shade. One thing to remember when caring for succulents, protect from freezing temperatures by bringing them under a patio awning or to the garage. Indoors is alright but may be too warm for them. If brought indoors, they should be in a bright room such as a south or west facing room.
They do not like really hot or dry weather. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely is also a key aspect in caring for succulents. Too much moisture or allowing them to sit in wet soil will cause root rot. Remember, their roots are underdeveloped! Too much water = disaster! Succulents grown in containers need to dry out completely before watering. But, when you do water, water thoroughly. How often you do this depends on the size of the container. Usually every 2 weeks is sufficient. Rule of Green Thumb: Err on the side of underwatering. Succulents thrive on neglect!
A regular potting soil with added sand is best for succulents. If you plant to grow them in containers, it’s suggested to repot every 2-3 years with fresh potting soil in caring for succulents.
There are special fertilizers that are good in caring for succulents. Feed them during their growing season, following the products’ recommendations. It’s usually every month or so.
Pesky Pests and Problems
There are a few pests that bother the succulents. Snails and slugs can also find their way to do some damage and birds often like to take an occasional bite or two of the water-filled leaves. Keep your eye on them and should you see snails or slugs, pick them out. I often sprinkle just a small amount of used coffee grounds around my plants. Too course for our slimy critters to handle!