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Colorful and beautiful, succulents are perfect plants for decoration. They can be a bit tricky to take care of, especially indoors. There are tips and tricks to make this process a whole lot easier, and these are some of them.
The Importance of Water
Even though they are notorious for being able to survive in dry conditions with small amounts of fluid, they should be doused less frequently but with lots of water. Replicating desert conditions (irregular, rich rains) can make these plants thrive. When watering them they should get completely and thoroughly soaked. They are to be watered again only when the soil has dried completely, usually around once a week.
In extreme weather conditions succulents can go into a dormant state in which they require either more or less water. Again, taking a closer look at the soil will be helpful in determining when they should be watered.
If it can be collected and stored, rain water is a lot more preferable than tap water, which contains high concentration of dissolved minerals that might harm plant’s soil.
Depending on the climate in which they evolved in, succulents’ need for sunlight varies. Most of them need half a day to a full day of sunlight. Placing them near the sunniest windows is required, however it shouldn’t be too hot as it can cause sunburns. Depending on the signs, plants can also have either too much or too little light.
If they aren’t getting enough light, they will appear to stretch at a 90-degree angle in an attempt to get as much sunlight exposure as possible. Leaving the plant in this condition can have major consequences. In this case they should be gradually transitioned towards a stronger light, as they will be especially prone to sunburns.
When getting too much light, plants will become off color, while also being in danger of scorching. Scorching has long lasting effects, and will leave the plant with a sunburn mark for the rest of its life.
Soil and Potting
A strong foundation is most important for having a successful, striving succulent. A well-draining soil is highly important as these plants do not like to sit in damp or soggy soil. They should be planted out of low areas where water can easily collect. Potting soil should be combined with something that drains quickly, like volcanic rocks or sand.
Best pots for succulents are the ones with drainage holes at the bottom. Ceramic and terracotta pots are better than their plastic variants as they provide better drainage and airflow. For hot environments, ceramic is the best choice.
Bugs can be quite a headache, but with proper care the chance of them appearing is very low. Providing succulents with proper air circulation can prevent infestations. Keeping the soil wet for a long time can attract gnats. Removing dead leaves means that the bugs won’t have a place to hide and breed in, and it also helps in preventing mold. If pests do appear, they should be sprayed with rubbing alcohol diluted 50% in water.
Growing succulents is fun and simple, and with these tips they are sure to keep healthy and strive to their full potential.
So how do you take care of succulents?
How often should you water a succulent?
Lets assume that you are using rainwater or water that has at least been standing for 20 hours so that its not too riddled with chemicals from the pipes and water treatment. You rarely need to water the succulent but ultimately it will depend on the environment it is in. Its not all about heat either because a succulent outside in the cold if getting hit by wind constantly can rapidly dry out and the same goes for the soil. You will get used to the colour of the soil when wet, damp and when bone dry. Ideally do not leave it so long that the soil gets a gap down the side of the pot as this will make it harder to accurately soak the soil and also put the roots under excess stress with the contraction and then expansion of the soil.
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