Succulents are a great addition to your plant collection. Succulents are low-maintenance plants that will thrive if you forget about them for weeks at a time. To keep succulents happy, you may want to follow the four steps outlined below.
1. Make Sure Your Succulents Get Enough Light
Most succulents grow in warm regions with direct sunlight exposure. Depending on the type of succulent, they need about six hours of sun per day. However, newly planted succulents can scorch in direct sunlight, so you may need to gradually introduce them to full sun.
Rotating the plant periodically is a good idea so both sides get enough light. Succulents will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will also help them stand up straight.
2. Seasonal Watering
Succulents need more energy during the spring and summer and the plants are drinking up much more water than when they’re resting in the fall and winter. Test the soil with a finger. When the top inch is dry, you will want to water them. Overwatering can kill your succulent, so make sure you let the soil dry before you water it.
Don’t use a spray bottle to water your succulents, misting can cause brittle roots and moldy leaves.
3. Keep Succulents Clean
Dust on the surface of your succulent 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).
4. Feed Your Succulents in the Summer
Succulents prefer a light feeding during the spring or summer growing season. You should only need to fertilize once per year. Be careful not to over fertilize since this can cause your succulent to grow too quickly and become weak.
If you follow these steps, hopefully you will have a happy and healthy plant. Speaking of healthy, this photo of a succulent was taken at the Abbotsbury Swannery in Abbotsbury England. Until then, we have never seen a succulent this large.