Succulents are quirky and varied in their appearance, which makes them great plants with which to decorate your home. While the common name “Succulents” can encompass a wide range of plants, they are generally characterized as having the ability to store water in their leaves. Because of this trait, their leaves tend to be thick and fleshy. Succulents are originally from Mexico and Central America, and tend to thrive in dry climates. Their unique shapes and colors have helped make them trendy indoor plants for northern green thumbs. Place them near a sunny window and enjoy their charm all season. Come summer, you may gradually move them outside where they can become a featured plant on a deck or patio. Some of the more popular botanical names of succulents are Echevaria, Aloe, Aeonium, Kalanchoe, Sempervivum (hens and chicks).
Below are some helpful tips to keep your Succulents healthy:
Light – Succulents love sunlight, so you’ll want to place them near the brightest window in your home. Ideally, the window will be south facing, and will allow for 6 or more hours of bright, indirect sunlight per day. If you notice your Succulents stretching out, it is a sign that it is getting not enough light. Sometimes this cannot be avoided during the winter! Just turn the pot around, and it will straighten out! Alternatively, during the summer months, make sure your Succulents don’t get too much of the direct hot mid-day sun. This applies to plants that are located indoors or outside.
Water — Succulents do not like to be kept too wet, but they also don’t like to be kept too dry. Typically, succulents like more water than most people think. In a house, the home temperatures dry things our even faster. You don’t want your soil to be bone dry or it will wither the plant’s roots.
When you water Succulents, water the soil and not the rosette because it can rot. Pour on the water until it drains out the bottom. Repeat this a couple times. Then don’t water again until the soil has dried out. You don’t want your plant to remain soaking wet all the time. To help prevent this, don’t let the pot sit in a saucer full of water. The time between watering depends on the temperatures and conditions of the plant. The most common problems seen on Succulents are due to poor watering habits. Over and under watering can both produce similar symptoms. Wilting, shriveling, dropping leaves. You know your own watering habits best. Keep an eye on your plants and make adjustments if needed.
Soil — Succulents need well-drained soil. Sandy, cactus mix will work fine. The airflow indoors isn’t as good as it is outside so without the proper soil it’s very likely your succulents will stay wet for too long. Keep in mind that succulents near a heating vent might dry out more quickly as the direct air and warmer temperatures can dry things out more quickly.
We hope these garden tips will help you in keeping your succulents happy all year long!