How to care for your succulents
Succulents and sunlight
- Succulents need to get enough sunlight. While there are certain types of succulents that don't require too much light, most of them need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- If you will be keeping your succulents indoors it is important to ensure they are kept in a sunny spot such as a windowsill for at least a few hours per day.
- Some succulents may not respond well to direct sunlight and may start to burn a little. These succulents may need to be placed behind a curtain for a bit of shade or be given a limited amount of sunlight.
- It is important to also rotate your succulents so that it receives an even amount of sunlight on all sides.
Succulents and water
Succulents are considered water-wise plants. This means they require a minimal amount of water to survive.
- Succulents need to be watered about once every week, however this depends on the season and the amount of sunlight your succulent gets.
- You can test when your succulent needs to be watered by feeling the soil. If the top of the soil is dry you can add water until the water runs out through the drainage holes. It is important to only re-water again when the soil is dry as over-watering can cause your succulent to rot and die.
- If you are using a pot that does not have drainage holes it is important not to over-water. Succulents in these pots will require alot less water and less frequently. You can add a layer of small pebbles to the bottom of your pot to allow excess water to drain from the soil. You can also add perlite to your soil for extra drainage or a layer of activated charcoal to absorb excess water.
- Succulents can sometimes attract certain types of bugs such as mealybugs. You can use aphid sprays or neem oil to get rid of bugs.
- Although not necessary, some people do like to provide their succulents with liquid fertilizers to help them grow strong such as fish emulsion or sea weed fertilizers.