Compact, adorable and undeniably refreshing, there are a handful of reasons why succulents make a perfect accessory for any space.
If you’re looking to decorate your home or office with these gorgeous yet low maintenance plants, keep reading to understand the 3 crucial rules for successful care of your new babies!
1. Always consider your indoor conditions!
Most succulents thrive best under direct sunlight. The key, therefore, is to keep these plants out of the shade, whether they’re inside or outside, unless you are in an extremely hot climate. However, if the only vacant space you have left is a shaded corner in your house, you may have to opt for low light-tolerant plants like mother-in-law tongue, bird’s nest fern, or the panda plant.
Always read the plant labels to determine the sunlight needs, size, and spread of your succulents.
2. Choose your soil and draining potting medium carefully
The ability of succulents to stay hydrated is one trait that makes it so revered. Naturally, your plants will prefer soil that drains easily, so make sure you plant them in areas where the ground doesn’t tend to stay moist or hold water, as this type of location could drown your succulents and cause root rot.
If you’re planning on keeping your plants in pots, ensure that there are plenty of drainage holes in the bottom of the pots before adding soil, especially if you choose to keep the plants inside.
Types of soil that are best for succulents consist of gravel, volcanic rock, cactus soil, and other similar soils. There are many succulent-specific soil mixes available, too.
3. Fertilize your succulents at least once a year.
Succulent plants benefit most from fertilizer in the spring (when the days get longer and new growth begins), and again in late summer. Use a balanced, all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer (such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10) diluted to half the strength recommended on the package instructions. There is no need to fertilize succulents in winter when they’re semi-dormant.
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