How to Care for Succulents

How to Care for Succulents

1. Make Sure Your Succulents Get Enough Light

Succulents love light and need about six hours of sun per day, depending on the type of succulent. New planted succulents can scorch in direct sun, so you may need to little by little introduce them to full sun exposure or give shade with a sheer curtain.

2. Rotate Succulents Much

Succulents love direct sun, but if yours is sitting in the same exact spot day after day, it's likely that only one side is getting enough light. Langton and Ray suggest rotating the workshop hourly. Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.

3. Water According to the Season

Just like us, succulents need additional energy when they are in a period of growth. During the spring and summer, the plants are thriving and drinking up much more water than when they are resting in the fall and time-out. Langton and Ray recommend testing the soil with a finger — when the top1.25 inches are dry, snag your watering can. Overwatering can kill your succulent, so make sure you let the soil souse between watering'.

4. Water the Soil Directly

When you water your succulents, soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes. However, use smaller water, (If If your vessel does not have drainage holes.) Do not use a spray bottle to water your succulents — misting can make brittle roots and moldy leaves. You can also place pots in a kisser of water and allow the water to absorb through the drainage hole. Once the top of the soil is dank, remove from the pan.
5. Choose a Container with Drainage

Succulents do n’t like to sit in sodden soil, so drainage is important to help spoilage. Your container should have a drainage hole to allow extra water to escape. Terra-cotta pots are ideal for newcomers.

6. Keep Succulents Clean

" Needs, your indoor works will gradually pick up dust on their skin, which can inhibit their growth, " write Langton and Ray. Wipe off the leaves and chines gently with a damp cloth ( use a soft paintbrush to get at hard-to- reach spots).

7. Plant Succulents in the Right Soil

Succulents need soil that drains, so regular potting soil — or dirt from your yard — won’t do. Choose cactus soil or compound potting soil with beachfront, pumice, or perlite. Succulent roots are really fragile so be gentle when repotting.

8. Fertilize Succulents in the Summer

Succulents don’t need earth-shattering manure, but you can give them light feedings during the spring and summer growing season. Be careful not to overfertilize — this can bring your succulent to grow too fast and turn weak.

9. Get Rid of Bugs

Pests shouldn’t be a problem for inner succulents, but occasionally you may have to deal with bugs. Gnats are attracted to succulents that are planted in soil that's too wet and does not have proper drainage. To get relieve of eggs and nymphs, sprinkle the soil with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. Mealybugs are another pest succulent holders have to deal with. Overwatering and overfertilizing are the common causes of mealybugs. Move infected plants out from other succulents and dot with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.
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