Staying Alive: Succulents

Christmas season is just around the corner! Which means for this year’s season of joy Succulents are the way to go for gift giving. Before you present these beautiful little plants to your loved ones make sure you know how to properly care for them.

Watering is a big part of their care (like most plants). The fastest way to kill a succulent is to overwater. To avoid this when you think it’s time to water your plant stick your finger one knuckle deep into the soil to make sure its dry. If it’s moist wait a couple days, if it’s dry you’re good to water! After watering, make sure the water has completely drained from the bottom. In doing this you save your plant from root rot or other major issues along the way. Make sure to empty out your saucer to avoid the plant from sitting in the water, which could cause it to take in more water than it needs.

Unlike water, succulents can never have too much light. Most succulents prefer six hours of sunlight a day. If you don’t have a spot indoors that gets at least six hours of sun per day, try a succulent that requires low light; Pearl Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, or Chocolate Soldier. If a succulent that isn’t meant for shade is placed in the shade, you will notice it stretching for the sun. This is you succulent’s way of telling you it needs more sun during the day.

When your succulent starts to outgrow its pot, it’s important to transfer it to a bigger bowl. Pick a container that has a drainage hole at least one to two inches wide. If you can’t find a container that meets these requirements, add a few rocks at the bottom of the container to encourage proper drainage. A lot of people like the way succulents look planted in the sand. However, succulents prefer rocky soil. If you plant in sand, over time, the sand will settle and retain water. Sand is an easy way to kill a succulent. Round Rock Garden Center suggests a loose rocky soil such as PROMIX Premium Cactus Mix. It’s ideal for planting cactus, succulents, and other tropical plants. It feeds your plants up to three months and keeps them healthy.

It’s all about getting to know your plant and knowing what it needs and when it needs it. After studying your succulent, you should start to understand its water, light, and soil needs.

This is a fun experience so enjoy it! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to come on down and ask away. There is always an expert gardener on hand that will be happy to help. We’ll see you in the garden.