Happy Spring everyone! At this time of year, I start getting lots of questions about plants and how people can change up what they normally do. Let me tell you if I had a dollar for every question I get about watering I’d be a thousandaire! My blog this week is about how to have spectacular succulents, and I will discuss proper light, watering, soil and general information about those plump little plants. We just got a huge shipment of these wonderful plants in so don’t hesitate – come on in to Cindy’s now for the best selection.
Where do I start?
- Do a little research on your own to determine which type of succulent will work best in the location you’re planning. Most succulents like direct sunlight, however there are some that will tolerate a location with more shade than sun. Our knowledgeable staff can help you decide what’s right for you.
- Choose an appropriate pot and soil. Succulents do not enjoy their roots sitting in saturated soil. This can cause disease and stop your plant from growing properly and having great color – or worse yet, becoming diseased and dying. There are soils or growing media available specifically designed for succulents and cactus so try and use this if you can. Make sure your pot can drain properly as well.
Care and General Information
This is the most common conversation I have in the garden center every spring. How often do I water? How much? Morning or night? I will not talk about what not to do in this blog, I will simply tell you what the best practice is for watering succulents.
It is best to water in the early morning if you can. Try to water into the soil and not over the leaves, as water sitting in the crown of the plant can potentially burn it on a hot day. On average, succulents should only need to be watered once a week, or twice if they’re in the hot sun all day every day. Basically, you want the soil to pretty much dry out before you must water again. Remember these plants store water in their leaves to carry them through. Now this is important: When you water them be sure to water them until you see water draining out of the bottom of the pot!!! By “soaking” the soil, your succulents will develop a healthy and deep root system and ultimately a more vibrant and healthy-looking plant.
Should I fertilize?
Succulents do not need a lot of additional nutrients like an annual plant would. Give them some fertilizer (preferably a water soluble 10-10-10 or something similar and dilute more than instructed on package) a couple times in the spring to give them a little boost, and then again in late summer. Do not fertilize in winter when they are “dormant”.
If you have leaves falling off don’t worry, like many plants, the lowest leaves on the stem eventually shrivel up and drop. This is normal and nothing to worry about. If the topmost leaves are dying, it could indicate overwatering, pests, or disease.
For people with a busy lifestyle, succulents are a great way to have some live plants in your home but not have to worry about daily care. They are amazing plants and if you follow my simple guidelines, they will treat you well with very little effort.
Cindy’s has an excellent assortment of succulents currently so come on in and visit our garden center, our friendly staff is ready to help you choose some great plants and plan your succulent planter or garden.