How To Care For Succulents

February 27, 2018

If it’s too cold to spend time on your lawn & garden just yet, growing plants inside can be a great way to brighten any room. Besides being a great mood booster, many have air-cleaning qualities. They also provide a great outlet and creative hobby for the one caring for them. The only problem is if you’re intimidated by growing plants you may miss out on these wonderful benefits. Not to worry! Many plants are very easy to grow, especially succulents. With their many beautiful shapes, colours, and their heartiness, succulents make great plants for both beginners or for the advanced gardner. To help you get started, here’s how to care for succulents.


Good Drainage


Like any plant you put in a pot, you want to make sure your succulents have proper drainage. The pot you choose should have a hole in the bottom so that excess water can drain out. Or, you can lay them on their side after watering so that the roots don’t get too much water and begin to rot.


Proper Soil


Next, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper soil for your succulents. You want something with really good drainage. Ready-made cactus mix is great for succulents. Even better, add pumice, sharp sand, grit, or perlite to the cactus mix. Any of these additions will help to promote excellent drainage.


Give Them Space


This may be hard if you’re new to caring for plants and you are ready to give the new addition to your home lots of TLC. But the best thing you can do for your succulents is to give them some space. They do better when they are cared for, but left on their own between waterings.


The Right Light


Most succulents will do best in bright light, however because they are so tolerant they will still do well in moderate light. In front of a window is a usually a great place for your succulent. If you put your succulent in direct sunlight, just be sure to watch it closely. If it starts to get scorched, move it to another area of the house or put it behind a sheer curtain.


Water Thoroughly


You do want to water your succulent thoroughly, but you can also do this less often. You want to make sure the roots are getting a good soaking, but they should dry out between waterings. The perfect time to water is after the soil has been dry for a few days. Watering them daily is definitely going to be too often, and you’ll quickly kill your succulent.


If you’re ready to try adding succulents to your home try looking for a few plants at your local Walmart lawn & garden section. And as the weather gets warmer and you begin to venture outside, you’ll want to focus on your lawn.


Your grass may have been through a lot throughout the winter, and if you find yourself with lawn problems you may want to consider contacting a lawn care professional. My All Green can help solve any lawn problem you face, offer fertilization treatments, or take the need for lawn mowers away by handling your lawn mowing, trimming, and other necessary maintenance.


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