5 Tips for Growing Succulents #Gardening
Note: These tips will work with both indoor and outdoor succulents. It also won’t make a difference as to which variety you are growing, since there are so many to pick from.
1. Opt for bright light.
Try to place or plant your succulents on a south facing window. This gives them excellent sun and warmth. If the leaves begin to discolor (they will turn brown or white) then it is time to pull back as the sun is too overpowering.
2. Don’t fret about the temp.
Succulents can grow in temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees. As long as they are slowly acclimated to the environment, they will thrive. Don’t worry too much about the temperature, as long as you acclimate your plants to it gradually.
3. Water more in the summer.
During warmer months, succulents will need more water. While the soil should never be soaked or have freestanding water, it should stay damp. During the winter, the plant will slow down its growth and not require nearly as much water. You can cut back watering by as much as half.
4. Pick the perfect soil.
Find a soil specially designed for cacti. Succulents will thrive in this as it is fast draining and helps support the root system. A soil such as this not only helps provide the proper drainage, but nutrients as well!
5. Fertilize in the summer months only.
Fertilize as you would any other houseplant during the summer months. During the winter you can skip this step entirely as the plant basically “goes to sleep” and won’t be needing the nutrients.
Growing succulents is so easy and enjoyable. They require a bit of care in the summer months, but when winter hits they are virtually care free. Give these tips a try and see how simple it can be to grow succulents of your own.