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Secrets for Super Succulents

Secrets for Super Succulents

Succulents are having a moment because they are beautiful and have a reputation for being easy to grow. However, you can kill these hardy little plants if you don’t follow their rules. Here are some tips to keep them happy.

Happiness begins with well-drained soil
Succulents are garden favorites for a reason: They’re beautiful and fairly hardy. But just because they have a reputation for being easier to care for than your garden plant doesn’t mean there aren’t rules for growing succulents. We are here to help. Here are 10 succulent care tips – from planting tips to recommendations on how to grow them indoors or outdoors.

Tip 1: Plant your succulents in well-drained soil. Succulents are native to dry regions, so they hate moist soil. Pot them in potting soil that drains quickly, as wet soil will rot their roots. You can purchase special potting mixes for succulents or modify regular potting soil by adding vermiculite or perlite to improve aeration and drainage. Remember good soil makes good plants.

Plant them in containers with drainage holes
Yes, we know you’ll want to put a collection of succulents in that perfectly rusted metal trough you snagged at a real estate sale. The one with no drainage holes because it wasn’t meant for plants. But you must water this collection of plants lightly and precisely, or you will end up with a pile of drowned succulents. Make it easy on yourself and use pots with holes in the bottom.

Just walk on water
Succulents store water in their leaves and stems, so they don’t need as much water as other plants. Don’t water them until the top two inches of soil is dry. Too much water will rot their roots and turn them into a soggy mess. Overwatering kills more succulents than underwatering, so be stingy with the watering can. TIP: Place your pot of succulents in a shallow pan of water, let stand until water seeps up through the drain hole in the pot, then remove the pot. This saturates the entire floor, not just the edges or the top few inches.

Don’t ignore them
Succulents are tough, but they still need a little love from you. In spring and summer they need water about once a week. Check them regularly for aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs that turn your prized plants into a meal. If they are in containers, repot them with new soil annually, as salts from tap water will collect in the dirt and harm the plants.

Keep them nice and warm
Unlike their cacti, succulents cannot tolerate extreme heat. Succulents do best in moderate temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees, so place them indoors by a window or outside on a covered patio or under trees in summer. Freezing temperatures will kill them, which is why they are houseplants for most of us.

Get the right light
Succulents need a 50/50 mix of sunlight and shade. Full sun burns their leaves, but too little sun makes them delicate and fragile. A quick rule of thumb is that green, yellow, or variegated succulents like more shade, while red, gray, and blue or spiked succulents like more sun. If they’re outside, put them in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. If you’re growing succulents indoors, place them by a south-facing window to get the bright light they need as Instagram bait.

Keep their colors vibrant by giving them sun
Colorful succulents like Aeonium, Paddle Kalanchoe, and some species of Sempervitum and Echeveria require at least six hours a day to maintain their rich hues. Less sun will cause them to revert to dull greens and lengthen. Heat and extreme cold (but not freezing) bring out the deepest hues, so most strains are at their most colorful in spring when there are warm, sunny days and cool nights.

Let them sleep in winter
Most succulents go dormant and stop growing during the winter. They rest and wait for spring and summer when they will grow like crazy. Don’t fertilize them and only water enough that the pot doesn’t dry out completely as they are extremely susceptible to root rot when dormant. Don’t worry, they’ll be fine. The water and nutrients stored in their leaves keep them alive until they wake up in spring.

Take her outside
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enjoy some time outdoors in spring and summer. Let it rain, because rainwater contains oxygen and trace elements that a plant cannot get from chlorinated tap water. They also benefit from the airflow they can’t get inside. Don’t place your indoor succulents in full sun, however, as sudden changes in light can burn their leaves.

feed them
Fertilize them once a week from spring through early fall, their growing season, with a 10-10-10 organic fertilizer diluted to half the strength. Do not fertilize them in winter when they are dormant. Sleeping people don’t need food until they wake up. Neither do sleeping plants.