DATE : May 20, 2020 By : Teresa Wissen
Whether you’re buying your first houseplant or your house looks like a rainforest, succulents are a great addition to any room. Easy to care for and available in hundreds of varieties, there’s a succulent to match every personality and interior decor. While it is true that you can practically forget about them, there are a few simple things you should do to make sure they thrive.
1. Succulents need little water, but drainage is important.
Since succulents store water in their leaves, they don’t need to be watered as much as other plants. Experts suggest letting the first 1.5-inches of soil dry out before watering them. However, drainage is still a very important factor. To get the best results, look for pots that have drainage holes at the bottom. If you can’t find one, add an inch of fine pebbles to the bottom of your pot to create the same effect.
2. Don’t forget to dust your succulents’ leaves; it helps them breathe.
You wouldn’t forget to dust your picture frames or your shelves, and it’s important that you add your succulents to your routine. Succulents breathe through their leaves, and a layer of dust can prohibit the process of photosynthesis. While you’re cleaning your home, use a damp cloth to gently clean your succulents’ touchable surfaces. When you do, you’ll help them grow.
3. Rotate your succulents, and they’ll thank you.
Much like the way that flowers open up to absorb the sun, you might notice that your succulents bend toward a window. Succulents don’t need as much light as other houseplants, but getting about six hours a day is ideal for fostering their growth. To maximize their potential, make it a habit to rotate them once a week or so. This simple action will make sure that your succulents grow evenly and get the sunlight they need.
4. Potting soil is great, but it’s not ideal for succulents.
Potting soil is wonderful for many different types of plants, but it doesn’t contain the best nutrients or have the best drainage qualities for succulents. While you can create the perfect soil by adding sand, pumice or perlite to your regular potting mix, it’s just as easy to pick up a bag of cactus soil. Cactus soil offers the correct balance of nutrients, and your succulents will thrive in it.
5. Fertilize your succulents at the right time.
Once you’ve planted your succulents in the correct soil, dusted their leaves and given them enough light, there’s only one thing left to do. As the old saying goes, succulents thrive on being left alone, but they do need a little yearly pampering. During the summer months, your succulents are working their hardest, and it’s vital that you give them a little fertilizer. Check your plants’ specific needs, and look for a variety made especially for succulents.
Now that you know just how easy succulents are to grow, you’re ready to add a few to your window sills. Your friends will think you were born with a green thumb.