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9 Plant-Care Tips for Succulents

Source: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/how-to-care-for-succulents


Waterwise succulents are the ideal house plants to have, they are able to withstand the summer heat and require little fuss to thrive.


Whether you’ve been gifted a jade plant or you picked up a echeveria at the store, these 9 tips will guide you on how to care for your succulents:

1. Make Sure Your Succulents Get Enough Light

Succulents love light and need about six hours of sun per day, depending on the type of succulent. Newly planted succulents can scorch in direct sunlight, so you may need to gradually introduce them to full sun exposure or provide shade with a sheer curtain.

2. Rotate Succulents Frequently

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, so rotate the plant often. Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.


3. Water According to the Season

Just like us, succulents need more energy when they're in a period of growth. During the spring and summer, the plants are thriving and drinking up much more water than when they're resting in the autumn and winter. Test the soil with a finger—when the top 1.25 inches are dry, grab your watering can. Overwatering can kill your succulent, so make sure you let the soil dry between waterings.


4. Water the Soil Directly

When you water your succulents, soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes. (If your container doesn’t have drainage holes, use less water.) Don’t use a spray bottle to water your succulents—misting can cause brittle roots and moldy leaves . You can also place pots in a pan of water and allow the water to absorb through the drainage hole. Once the top of the soil is moist, remove from the pan.


5. Keep Succulents Clean

Your indoor plants will gradually pick up dust on their surface, which can inhibit their growth. Wipe off the leaves and spines gently with a damp cloth (use a soft paintbrush to get at hard-to-reach spots).


6. Choose a Container with Drainage

Succulents don’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Your container should have a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Terra-cotta pots are ideal for beginners.


7. Plant Succulents in the Right Soil

Succulents need soil that drains, so regular potting soil—or dirt from your yard—won’t do. Choose cactus soil or mix potting soil with sand, pumice, or perlite. Succulent roots are very fragile so be gentle when repotting.


8. Get Rid of Bugs

Pests shouldn’t be a problem for indoor succulents, but occasionally you may have to deal with bugs. Gnats are attracted to succulents that are planted in soil that is too wet and doesn’t have proper drainage. To get rid of eggs and larvae, spray the soil with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. Mealybugs are another pest succulent owners have to deal with. Overwatering and over-fertilising are the common causes of mealybugs. Move infected plants away from other succulents and spray with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.


9. Fertilise Succulents in the Summer

When you water your succulents, soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes. (If your container doesn’t have drainage holes, use less water.) Don’t use a spray bottle to water your succulents—misting can cause brittle roots and moldy leaves . You can also place pots in a pan of water and allow the water to absorb through the drainage hole. Once the top of the soil is moist, remove from the pan.


Source: How to Care for Succulents (And Not Kill Them): 9 Plant-Care Tips By Elizabeth Stamp

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/how-to-care-for-succulents


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