How To Take Care of Your Succulents

February 8, 2019

Succulents are a beautiful and sturdy plant that can last long when well cared for. Whether you’re decorating your house with them or brightening up your garden with them—you can’t go wrong with succulents. These little guys have been growing in popularity that last few years because of their unique look. Plus, they are easy to keep alive! If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, you can still keep a succulent going strong with minimal effort. These desert plans just need a lot of sunlight and little water to keep from growing strong and looking great.

Make Sure They Get Enough Light

Succulents are a desert plant that needs a lot of sunlight. Ensure that your succulents are in a place where they can get at least six hours of sunlight every day. Thought succulents need light, if your succulents are newly planted, they may scorch with too much sunlight. Slowly add a light more exposure to sunlight every day to allow it time to adjust.  

Rotate Regularly

Direct sunlight is great for succulents, but every side of the plant needs exposure. If your succulent is a potted plant, rotate it regularly to spread the sunlight exposure to all sides. Plants tend to grow towards the sun. Rotating them will help them to grow straight up and not have them leaning to one side or the other.

Water the Soil

When you are watering your succulents, be sure to water the soil directly. Spray bottles do not work well for succulents because it can lead to moldy leaves and brittle roots. One common mistake made with succulents is overwatering. Succulents are a desert plant that thrives in dry climates, as such they are great for Utah weather! They don’t need much water. Most only need to be watered about once a week, sometimes less. If your succulent is in a planter, make sure it has some drainage. Again, too much water can easily kill a succulent.

Change Watering According to the Season

Plants need more energy (or sunlight) during periods of growth. Warm seasons provide a thriving environment for succulents. As they grow and thrive on the extra sunlight, they’ll need more water. In the fall and winter months, succulents are resting. The nutrients go to the roots to strengthen them and growth slows. At this time, they will need less water. Overwatering your succulent can kill it just as easily as underwatering it. Most succulents do not need much water.

Use the Right Soil

Because they don’t need too much water, succulents do well with soil that drains. Regular potting soil is not ideal. Using cactus soil or mix potting soil while helping your succulent flourish.

No Bugs

Gnats are often attracted to succulents, particularly if they are too wet. Spray your soil with isopropyl alcohol or other pest control spray to keep them away from your succulents. Avoiding overwatering will also help you avoid bugs.