Succulents, a category of plants that includes cacti, aloe, and other similar varieties that retain a great deal of water, are becoming increasing popular as garden lovers and home owners look for plants that don’t require a lot of water. Succulents also make great landscaping plants, as well as excellent inside decorations. If you’re thinking about adding these plants to your home, be sure to follow these tips when caring for them.
- Don’t over-water. Succulents are able to store a lot of water, but this also means that they will absorb as much water as they can. While some types, such as aloe, can handle large quantities, many cacti need only a tablespoon of water or less every week. Too much water can cause them to rot from the inside.
- Give them plenty of light. Don’t be afraid of baking your succulents; this variety of foliage can withstand a lot of light and heat. If you’re planting outside, put them in full sun. Inside, make sure they are next to a window.
- Keep them warm. Succulent plants are used to desert and tropical environments. That means that they are very sensitive to cold, and can freeze easily. If you have them outdoors, keep them covered during the winter.
- Make sure the soil can drain. This is especially important for people who have their plants in container gardens. Succulents are able to store water on their own; they don’t need soil that retains water. In fact, most of these plants thrive in sandy soils. In your home, you might want to consider planting succulents in sand. At the very least, make sure that your pots are able to drain well.
- Don’t over harvest. It can be tempting to give away pieces of your plant to everyone who admires it, but most succulents should only be harvested or propagated a few times a year. Ideally, wait until the plant is showing established new growth before transferring parts to another pot or place in your garden.
Succulents can be a beautiful addition to any outdoor space or indoor décor. Like many plants, they have specific care requirements necessary to reach their full potential. If you’re new to growing succulents be sure to give these tips a try!