Care tips for succulents!

Light Requirements

Succulents are low-water plants that thrive in loads of light. They survive indoors as well as outdoors. Your baby succulent will be very happy next to a bright sunny window. If you don't have one, it will survive under a light as well. Try to avoid incandescent bulbs as they are hot and may cause your plants to burn. During winter your plant will survive happily about 6-10 inches under a light.

TIP: Too little light is the most common reason for succulents NOT to thrive.

Water Requirements

In general, succulents like drier soil - the drier the better! Try watering your succulent at most every 1- 2 weeks. In case of doubt, always stay on the drier side. Most of us tend to express love for our baby succulents by over-watering, but this will actually end up harming their health. Avoid letting your pots sit in standing water as this will cause the roots of the plant to rot. If the pot is in a saucer, tip out any excess liquid after watering.

TIP: Try inserting a tooth-pick in your plant’s soil. If it comes out dry without any soil mixture stuck to it, you are good to water it.

Temperature Requirements

Succulent houseplants cannot handle chilly weather. Like many of us, they prefer warm and dry conditions. Avoid chilly window sills in winter or placing your plants near your air conditioner in summer, especially if you're growing warm weather species like Echevarria and Kalanchoe.

TIP: Window sills can oftentimes be colder than the room.

Feeding Requirements

Different plants have varying requirements for feeding and so it is difficult to generalize. However, as a good rule of thumb, remember that succulents are usually dormant during the winter season and do not require feeding. Spring and summer are good times to give them the extra boost they need to grow. As a general rule apply a light fertilizer once every 4-6 months during spring and summer.

TIP: Try mixing your fertilizer with water to dilute it. Too much fertilizer in too strong a concentration can harm your plant.  

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