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Care for Succulents Like A Pro

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Welcome all plant lovers! Today, we are diving into the world of succulents - the beautiful and versatile plant that has gained so much popularity in many homes, gardens, and business in the last several years. I have many succulents, and I have had mostly success growing them, although there have been times they didn't survive and didn't know why at that time. Looking back now, I think I over-loved it with too much water. While succulents are known for being low maintenance and easy to care for, there are some techniques and tips that can definitely help you take your succulent game to the next level and grow the succulent garden of your dreams! So, whether you already have a collection of succulents or are just starting out, the information in this post will guide you on how to care for your succulents like a pro. Learn how to give your succulents the love and attention they deserve! *I have also linked some trusted items to help anyone who does't like to hunt for supplies.

Choose the right pot and soil:

- Opt for a well-draining pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging and root rot. There are many design options out there to suit your preferences, but drainage is an absolute must!

- Select a specialized succulent soil mix that also promotes proper drainage and aeration for healthy root growth. If the roots are unhealthy, there is no chance for healthy leaves.

- If you don't have access to an outdoor area to do your potting, consider a potting mat to make your life a lot easier.

Clear glass round terrarium filled with succulents on a window sill.
Succulent terrarium

Provide optimal sunlight:

- Place your succulents in a bright location with indirect sunlight.

- Most succulents thrive in 4-6 hours of sunlight per day, but avoid intense midday sun to prevent sunburn.

Water sparingly and effectively:

- Allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings.

- Water deeply, ensuring the water reaches the root zone, but avoid overwatering that may lead to rot.

- A watering can with a long thin spout will help to get between the leaves and into the soil to help prevent water spillage onto your floor.

Implement a watering schedule:

- Observe your succulents' water needs based on climate, pot size, and humidity.

- Adjust the watering frequency during active growth (spring and summer) and reduce watering during dormancy (fall and winter).

Don't Overwater!:

- Overwatering is the primary cause of succulent death.

- Look out for signs of overwatering, such as yellowing leaves, mushy stems, or root rot. Adjust watering habits accordingly.

Use the "soak and dry" method:

- Water your succulents thoroughly until water drains from the pot's bottom.

- Allow the soil to dry out completely before the next watering, promoting healthy root development.

Ensure adequate airflow:

- Provide good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases and promote healthy growth. For indoor areas with no air flow, consider using a ventilation fan to assist.

- Avoid overcrowding succulents and allow space between plants for proper airflow.

Consider temperature and humidity conditions:

- Succulents prefer temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C).

- Protect them from frost and extreme temperatures.

- While succulents generally thrive in low humidity, some species may require slightly higher levels.

Fertilize judiciously:

- Use a balanced, diluted, and low-nitrogen fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer).

- !! Follow recommended instructions, as excessive fertilization can damage roots.

Monitor for pests and diseases:

- Conduct regular inspections for common succulent pests like mealybugs, scale insects, or spider mites.

close up of a brown bug on a leaf
Plant Pests

- Treat any infestations promptly using organic pest control methods or insecticidal soap.

Creating a beautiful and flourishing succulent garden is completely achievable with just a few simple steps. By following the tips and tricks we've shared, you'll be well on your way to having the garden of your dreams. Remember to choose the right plants, provide adequate sunlight and drainage, and don't forget to water and fertilize regularly. With a little bit of patience and care, your succulent garden will thrive and bring you joy for years to come. So go ahead and get your hands dirty, and watch your garden blossom into a stunning masterpiece. Happy gardening!


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