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Saturday, January 2, 2021

How to Care for Succulents-A Beginners Guide

How to Care for Succulents-A Beginners Guide

Botanically succulents are plants with thickened and fleshy parts that tend to retain water and help the plants to survive in dry conditions. Succulents have become increasingly popular in the past decade. They come in a range of textures, colors, unusual shapes, and sizes. Due to their attractive appearance, they have been often included in home and office decorations and landscape gardening.


Do you lack a green thumb and want to grow succulents? Do not worry. The great news is that some succulents are even super easy to grow. Even if you tend to kill your plants often due to negligence you can still manage to grow succulents. They can thrive well with minimal care and can tolerate a period of neglect. The highly forgiving nature of succulents makes them quite popular as houseplants.

Thinking about how to care for succulents? I’ll share with you a few simple care techniques through which you can make your succulents grow healthy and happy.

Let's just break into the details.

Care for Succulents

1. Selection of an appropriate location

The selection of the right place to grow your succulents is the first thing you should do. Succulents love to thrive under plenty of sunlight. Select a location where plenty of sunlight can access your plants. Typically, succulents need 6 hours of light exposure a day for their healthy growth.

For indoor succulents, it is better to keep them near a bright sunny window where sunlight can reach them. Place your outdoor succulents at a shady place and avoid exposure to bright intense sunlight. Long-term exposure to direct intense sunlight can cause scorching of the leaves.

2. Water your succulents moderately

Water is the key compound to carry out all processes in living organisms. Succulents also need water for sustaining their metabolic activity. The watering requirements of the succulents vary according to the seasons. During summer when the temperature is hot, and the rate of evaporation is high the succulents need more water. Watering your succulents once or twice a week is recommended during summer.


During winter, the temperature is low ultimately the rate of evaporation is also low therefore succulents don’t need water very often. So, cut short the water supply during winter.

One thing you should never do to your succulents is ‘overwatering’. Succulents can’t stand overwatering at all. Overwatering can cause root rot and decay. Biologically roots are responsible for the translocation of nutrients and water to the plants. If plants don’t get enough supply of nutrients and water, they will become weak. The disintegrated and decayed roots will not be able to carry nutrients and water to the plants and the plant will ultimately die.

Water your succulents well and always let the soil dry out completely before applying the next water.

3. Pick the right potting soil

Generally, succulents thrive well in a well-draining soil mix. I recommend using a coarse soil mix instead of fine potting soil. The sand helps to improve the drainage of the soil medium. You can use a standard succulent or cactus mix or you can prepare the potting soil on your own by mixing equal parts of clay and sand.

4. Pick the right containers

Succulents like to grow in a well-drained environment. Use containers with a proper drainage hole. Avoid using glass pots because they have poor drainage. I would recommend using terra cotta pots and glazed ceramics because they have good drainage and work exceptionally well for growing succulents.


5. Feed your succulents

Generally, succulents do not require fertilization because they get plenty of nutrients from the soil. However, the succulents will enjoy some additional nutrients during the active growing season. You can fertilize your succulents with an all-purpose balanced liquid fertilizer. Fertilization will provide an extra dose of nutrients that will help to boost the luxurious growth of the plants.

6. Pruning and grooming

Pruning is usually not required for succulents. However, some succulents can grow super-fast and may need frequent grooming. Moreover, the removal of spent flowers, buds and damaged or decayed leaves can help to promote better and more growth in the next growing season. You can also keep a check on the shape of your plants. Pruning will also make your plants look neat and tidy.

6. Throw away the creepy bugs


Sometimes succulents can be attacked by insect pests. In most cases, these bugs don’t make a big problem, however, they can become problematic if left unchecked for a long time. In case you spot a few bugs, you can simply pick them with your hands and throw them away. You can also rub the plant parts with 70% isopropyl alcohol to get rid of these creepy creatures. A neem oil spray or a nontoxic insecticide spray can also help to get rid of the bugs.

7. Bring your succulents indoors when it's freezing outside

Most of the succulents are not cold hardy and can’t survive the harsh below-freezing temperatures of winter. It is recommended to bring your succulents indoors when the temperature drops below freezing. In case you are growing your succulents in the ground soil cover them with frost cloths. It has been reported that even a few hours of exposure to below freezing temperatures is enough to kill them.

Now you know all the key things to get started with your succulent planting journey, hope you will not face any problems while growing your beautiful plants.

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Have a great time plantingšŸ˜Š!