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4 Care Tips for Happy Healthy Succulents
from Succulents and Sunshine
Proper succulent care can be easy, as long as you know a few basics. Hopefully from the tips in this post, as well as the posts above will help you ensure the long and happy life of your succulents! Growing succulents doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, succulents can be a really low maintenance plant that looks great year round! The five tips below are simple and easy but will make all the difference in how well your succulents survive!
- 1. Water More, Less Often. One thing that gets said over and over with succulents too much water is not good for succulents. It’s true! It is a crucial part of succulent care.
However, succulents like to have their soil soaked and then dry out before watering again. So, soak the soil and then let it dry completely. Another thing learned along the way that may help with watering… the thicker the leaves on a succulent the less water it needs. So a beautiful Pachyveria Royal Flush is going to need a lot less water than the Aeonium Zwartkop. And a little water can perk up a plant within a couple hours!
- 2. Well Draining Soil. Succulents need infrequent watering and the soil needs to dry out between watering. In order to do that you’ll need a well draining soil. There are a lot of suggestions as to what you should use for soil and in what proportions. The basic idea is that you need to mix in something light and porous into regular soil to increase the drainage. Some add pearlite to soil at about a 1:1 ratio. Basically though, just make sure your succulent is in a well draining soil so the roots can completely dry out between waterings.
- 3. Propagate! One of my favorite things about succulents is how easily they propagate. It is so easy to increase your succulent garden by merely taking off leaves from your plants and putting them out on a damp soil to grow. Propagating is so easy and so much fun to see the tiny new plants growing. Plus, if your supply of succulents is constantly growing it is fun to start giving them to other people! Most people are intrigued by how these plants propagate and you may even find some people who want to try it themselves!
- 4. Experiment.There is a lot of great information out there and people are so willing to help out when they can. The health of your succulents boils down to experimenting with watering, soil and sunlight. Every area is so different and the plants respond in various ways to their environment. Often you’ll see completely contradictory statements in regard to care of succulents but ultimately their environment determines whether or not something will be good for the plants.
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