That is why we are here to share with you easy-to-follow tips for newbie succulent growers. Consider this your Succulent 101 course. Easy to do, quick to follow, and guaranteed. Read ahead, succulent newbie! For seasoned succulent growers, feel free to read along as well. Every now and then, it is good to go back to the basics.
1. Let The Sun Shine Down On Them
Succulents are native to areas with long dry seasons. They are accustomed to extreme heat. That is why the first thing you need to make sure is that they feel at home with where you put them by giving them the heat and light they need.
We know you may want to keep them indoors and to give some color to your living room probably. That is not a problem. Just make sure that even if they are in an airconditioned room, put them where the sun can shine on them. Putting them beside a windowpane would be one of the best solutions.
2. Put Them in Pots with Good Drainage
Because they are accustomed to living in areas with long dry seasons, this means that they are also used to not being watered daily.
Did you know that succulents are “xerophytes?” This means that succulents require little moisture because they are capable of storing water in their leaves that will last them for days or even weeks.
This means that the kind of pots you use is crucial, as well. You can't just use any kind of pot or container for your succulents. You need pots that have holes on the bottom so that the water you pour on them will drain quickly. Remember, the succulents' leaves can already do the holding themselves!
3. Water Them, But Not Every day
For indoor succulents, you need to water them every other week. For your small-sized succulents, they only need ¼ cup if water. If your succulents are medium-sized, large-sized, or have thick leaves, they need 1 and ½ cup of water.
For outdoor succulents which are more exposed to warm temperature, they need more frequent watering than your indoor succulents. You might need to water them every 3-4 days. It is always best to check their soil once in a while especially if you feel that the temperature in your city is going up. If you feel an uncomfortable warmth from the soil, they may already need their weekly watering.
4. Use Cactus and Succulent Soil
Yup, there is really something special about our succulents because we can't just use regular potting soil. Rather than regular potting soil, you will need cactus and succulent soil that contains potting soil and inorganic materials such as granite or perlite.
Wait, inorganic materials? What for? These may sound bad for your succulents, but they are actually what your succulents need. These inorganic materials help your soil to become more porous to drain the water easily. Say it with us, succulents do not like wet roots.
One high-quality and frequently bought soil is the Gritty Mix Imperial Potting Mix from Amazon. It contains montery pine bark, granite grit, and turface. This is especially perfect for container plants. You can check out this link to check out their bag sizes and prices! The reviews are also great, so you may also check them out.
5. Do Not Overfertilize
But our succulents need to receive all the best nutrients possible! Keep in mind, not many but much. Your succulents do need extra care by getting extra nutrients, but they do not need it every day or in significant amounts.
You may use compost tea as your succulents' fertilizer because this is a top choice by most gardeners and succulent growers. Add the compost tea to your succulents' base, and you are good to go.
6. Avoid the Pests and Infestations
If you are going to keep your succulents outdoor, you may need to be one double alert when it comes to pests and infestations, especially when it is a rainy season. Let us avoid that, shall we?
At night, check if there are snails near your succulents. While snails are friends, we have to keep them away from your succulents. Aphids are also pests that you can keep away by spraying them with a steady stream of water. Besides that, you are good to go.
There you have it! Those are your 6 essential tips for newbie succulent growers. We love sharing these tips with you, and we hope that you will be able to enjoy the journey as a succulent grower. It really is a worthwhile experience. Your succulents will make your journey, along with its challenges, rewarding as they will bring you an array of the beauty of different sizes and colors.
Feel free to visit Eden Succulents again and again as we share more tips and stories that will help you give better care for your succulents.
In the meantime, be sure to check out more tips for Succulent Beginners from Garden Answer. Check out the video link! We would love to hear your stories and your own tips about everything to do with succulents as well. Feel free to share these with us soon!