Do you want to see your succulents healthy? Here's a guide on how you could plant or care for your succulents at home.
Here are 10 tips on planting and caring for succulents, and this information is going to be geared for beginners. And I know, there are different ways to do things and great tips out there, but the tips that I am going to share with you today are those that I think helped me the most especially in the beginning.
So I am really hoping that after reading this you feel inspired and encouraged to go try planting succulents yourself.
Here are the tips as follows:
3. PICK A HEALTHY PLANT
You want to start with something that’s really healthy, to begin with, so choose one that looks like it has a very nice shape & good color that's free of insects and also doesn’t have dead or dying foliage or soggy foliage.
For planting, first of all, you'll need to place 'cactus and succulent soil - soilrite' at the bottom of your container, and then work a little bit of it up around the sides. Gently remove the plant from your nursery container and place it on top of the soil. Then, you'll need to add the additional soil around the root ball and then tamp it making sure that the root ball is nicely packed in and it’s always a good idea to leave a little bit of a lip from the top of the soil surface to the top of the pot. That way, you don’t make a mess when you’re watering.
And now you need to water the succulent until just a little bit as coming out the bottom of the pot, but you don’t want any excess to collect in the saucer. So if you have any extra, you want to make sure to pour it out. The rule of thumb is to allow the soil to dry between wanderings and depending on your climate and the time of year this can be once a week to every few weeks. If the leaves begin to pucker. It’s a good sign that your plant needs water, but if the leaves start to look translucent and soggy, that could mean that the soil is holding too much moisture.
Basically, you just want to make it a habit to check on your succulents often to see if they need water.
You need to provide your succulents with at-least four to six hours of morning light in the summertime, you need to protect them from the scorching afternoon heat because many varieties can sunburn easily. But on the flip side, in the wintertime, you may need to provide extra light when the days are shorter and the light is not as intense.
Succulents are just like all other plants, hence they need food. And how often you fertilize will depend on what variety of succulents you have, so I'd recommend that you research what kind of fertilizer your plant will require. But generally, you want to fertilize about once a month with succulent specific food. You’ll always want to read the directions on the bottle, but as an example, you add one dose of this one to a quart of water, mix and it’s ready to go. Make sure not to water extra though, just incorporate fertilizing into your normal watering schedule.
However, you can use organic fertilizer. I would recommend - Neem Kawach it's 100% organic and reduces pests on your plant.
8. WATCH FOR BUGS
If you see anything starting, you’re going to want to take care of it immediately. Maybe take a picture or a sample down to your local garden center, so they can help you identify what you’re dealing with and how to take care of it. Most succulents do not like to be sprayed with insecticide, so I don’t recommend doing that. The insects that I deal with the most are Mealy Bugs, which are tiny little insects that look like they’re covered in cotton. When I see those starting to form on my plants. I take a q-tip and dip it in isopropyl alcohol, and then just gently wipe them off.
Insects and diseases like to harbor over dead and decaying foliage, so keeping your plants clear of that will keep them happier and healthier and they look a whole lot nicer. And as a side note, there are several succulents that produce a really fine powder on their foliage and even though it’s not detrimental to their health, try to refrain from touching that foliage because they look a whole lot better when they’re not marred with a bunch of fingerprints.
10. KEEP AN EYE ON THE TEMPERATURE
The majority of succulents cannot handle really cold temperatures, so if you live in a cold climate, you’ll want to make sure to bring them inside before the first frost, and That’s it, you guys!
I just want to reiterate that I really don’t want you guys to be discouraged if you give it a try and you’re not successful with your first few attempts. I certainly wasn’t in the beginning, but I learned a lot every single time I tried. If you follow these tips you are heading to succeed in growing a beautiful and healthy succulent at your home.