Do’s & Don’ts for Growing Succulents

Here are a few tips for those who’ve never even considered developing a green thumb until this very moment. It’s likely your indoor greenery will find you when you are least prepared: given as gifts, or perhaps grabbing your attention while strolling through a local market. It’s important to know how to care for these eye catching plants, so practice these Do’s & Don’ts on how to care for succulents will start you on your gardening way!

Do’s for taking care of your succulents

Plant your succulents in an area that will receive at least a half day of sunshine. For more vibrant colors, plant them in an area with more sun. Make sure your succulents receive some level afternoon shade if you live in a warmer environment. You don’t want them to shrivel in the sun and they can if exposed for a long period of time.

Plant your succulent plant in well-draining soil! If planting your succulent in a container instead of in a garden bed, you should always line the bottom of your container with a layer of gravel. It’s absolutely terrific for drainage. Sometimes, it’s best if you use a cactus potting mix (sand & soil mixture) instead of a normal potting soil. It’s all about water retention with succulents! Try finding these types of succulents;  Hawthoria, Jade, or Gasteria variety. My favorite is Jade. They’re great for beginners and they provide your garden or terrarium with interesting colors and textures.

Place your succulents in containers medium size planters for growth. Make sure your container has holes for water to drain. Succulents don’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot.

Don’ts for taking care of your succulents

Over water your succulents! Really! I know you’ll be tempted because this was always my problem at first, I insisted they needed to be watered all the time! Succulents store water in their stems, so over watering is the fastest way to kill your succulents. Plants only need to be watered once weekly or Bi-weekly by doing this you will see little does go a long way!

Don’t spray with a spray bottle, regardless of what that one pin on Pinterest said. Succulents hate to be misted. When watering, you’ll want to water the soil directly. This is best for your little succulents to grow! Fertilize your succulent plants too much. Succulent plants only need to be fertilized once a month, if that much. Apply sparingly when you do feed them and then water thoroughly.

Don’t keep your little succulent in the same spot. Succulents love direct sun, but if yours is sitting in the same exact spot day after day, it’s likely that only one side is getting enough light. Rotating the plant often will help them stand up straight instead of leaning towards one side.

By following these do’s and don’ts should help you kick start your green-thumb for succulents! Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop creates unique planters that work great with succulents , each planter that is listed will note if it works well with succulents or air plants. You can follow the link below to see over 20 different style planters!

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