Hope you’re enjoying your new green friend!
It will definitely appreciate the attention of a loving gardener
and the occasional “small talk”.
Besides, check out these plant care tips in order to help your succulent
settle into its new environment.
|Indoors – Just like us, plants are most comfortable between 65 and 75 degrees when they’re indoors. Avoid placing your plant near heat sources like radiators or close to vents and exterior doors, which might cause an irregular flow of temperature and drafts.
Outdoors – If you live in a zone 9 or 10 (click to verify), placing your succulents outdoors should not be a problem, as long as they are protected from direct sunlight.
|Succulents thrive in bright, direct morning sunlight – at least 3 hours a day. Be careful to provide enough light for your plant, while keeping it safe from direct afternoon sun that can burn its leaves. Placing it next to a window will help regulate its required dose of light.|
|Always water the soil, not the plant, as water on its leaves might cause rot and discoloration.
Here’s how to do it: push the top dressing to the side, gently hold up the bottom leaves of your plant while carefully watering the soil beneath until it is fully and evenly soaked. Excessive water will drip from the draining hole, a sign that you’ve watered enough.
As a rule of thumb: only water again when your plant is thirsty, meaning, when the soil has completely dried out. Simply stick your finger in the soil on the edge of your planter – if the first inch of it is dry, it’s time to water again.
Indoors, this means watering approximately every 8 days.
|The best soil for succulents is a coarse, fast-draining mix that does not lock in water. If you wish to replant your succulent, use a bagged cactus mix or do it yourself by mixing half potting soil with half pumice.|
|As long as your plant receives air, sunlight, water and nourishment through the potting mix, it will do just fine without fertilizer.
However, occasional fertilizing does not hurt, and is actually encouraged to spur your succulents’ growth. Use a cacti or succulent specific fertilizer like Miracle Growth once a month.
|When living with seasons, be extra careful in the summer and winter months.
In summer, your soil will dry out a lot quicker which means more frequent watering will be necessary.
Never place your succulents under direct afternoon sunlight; they much more prefer morning sunlight and shade in the afternoon.
In cold winters, definitely bring your succulents inside before it snows or freezes, as they won’t survive below 50 degrees. Indoors, the plants will have to deal with dry air from heaters, so make sure to keep them away from the heat source. Place them in a bright spot, let some fresh air in from time to time, and water sufficiently.
|Succulent plants rarely produce flowers, especially when they are entirely kept indoors in climate-controlled homes. Gradually moving them outdoors for the summer months will help set their blooming schedule. Likewise, gradually placing them in cooler spots during winter will help to induce spring blooms. Note that these moves should not be immediate, but gradually over the course of ~2-3 weeks, so your plant gets used to a temperature change.|
Trouble in paradise?
|Dry leaves on the bottom of the plant||Mother Nature||No reason to worry! As your plant grows fresh leaves, the older ones eventually dry out. Simply try to gently pull out the old leaves on the bottom of your plant, or leave them until they fall off naturally.|
|Upper leaves discolor or become soggy||Overwatering||Reduce your watering, and move you plant to a place with more morning sunlight. You might also need to switch to a better, faster-draining soil mixture.|
|Stems have black spots||Overwatering||You’ll need to behead your plant (cut off the entire part with black spots), let it dry out (3-5 days) and replant the top.|
|Upper leaves start to wrinkle and get dry||Underwatering||Water your plant more frequently, until the leaves become fleshy again.|
|Plant starts to stretch out and becomes leggy||Lack of even light||Although your plant will continue to exist in low lighting, gradually moving it to a location with brighter light will make it look pretty and healthy again. Otherwise, try rotating your plant on the spot from time to time.|
|Leaves look deformed||Lack of fertilization||In some few cases, your plant might lack nutrition from its soil – in that situation it would be a good idea to fertilize.|
|Leaves start showing scars or brown stains||Excess of sunlight||Your poor plant got sunburned. Try placing it in a position to receive sunlight in the morning, as opposed to the intense afternoon sun. Give it some time for recovery; the burnt leaves will fall off at some point.|
Keep you plant happy, and it will do the same for you!
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