How to Care Succulents Indoors?How to Care Succulents Indoors?
Say It With Succulents want to help ensure that your relationship with your new ‘Sucker’ is a long and fulfilling one.
To get you growing in the right direction, here are some helpful tips for you to follow:
Firstly, have you removed the sticker from the base of the pot? Make sure you allow for complete drainage of your succulent by removing this first- it’s for transportation purposes only.
Succulents like well-drained soil. It’s important to keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Don’t let your soil dry out; when it starts to dehydrate, it’s time for water. You will find that your succulent will require less water in Winter than Summer, so be careful not to saturate your plant during the cooler months.
To ensure your succulent grows it will need a decent amount of light. We’ve found that a bright windowsill works wonders or leaving your succulent outside in broad daylight. If your succulent is left in the dark it will start to deteriorate, and fast…. So make sure you keep an eye on how your succulent is progressing.
Succulent leaves tell a thousand words; if you see signs of change, make sure you respond to this. Be on the lookout for the following signs of poor health and send your plant into rehab:
Succulent leaves start to spread apart
This may be a sign that your succulent is lacking a light source. Move to a brighter and more well-lit area. You may like to keep your succulent outdoors for a little R&R if you’ve kept it locked up inside.
Plant stops growing
Don’t be too alarmed with the lack of growth during Winter- this is a normal process for the plant. You will find that your succulent will start to amaze you at the start of Spring. If however, your plant has lived through the warmer months and shows no sign of growth then you may want to consider some rehab- water more frequently moves to a better light source and fertilize. If you have let your plant dry out too much, you may find your soil has too. Try re-potting in a sandy-based mix for optimum results. Succulents don’t like a highly organic soil mix either. Rather, they prefer sandy environments.
Succulent leaves droop and the leaves start to fall off
Your plant needs more water! Make sure to keep on top of your watering schedule. We don’t want to dictate how often to water, the best indicator is your plant, so remember to be in tune with your little sucker.
Succulent leaves have turned black
Your plant is suffering from too much water. Have you left your plant out in the rain for a few days? If so, make sure you bring it inside or undercover to dry out. Make sure you pull off all leaves that are starting to rot as this will cause further plant rot.
Succulent starts to lose its color
This may indicate that your succulent is lacking light. You may want to consider repositioning to a well-lit position. Succulents can be kept indoors without issue; you just need to find the right spot for it to thrive. Try a northerly aspect for optimum sun exposure.
These few tips will go a long way to help your plant recover from common problems that can occur when your succulent is neglected. Remember, every succulent is a potential life-long companion, so make sure you give it all the love and attention it deserves.
The Benefits of a Succulent Plant
No doubt you have heard of the word succulent. Many people have used this word in an attempt to describe a favorite food but there is a better way to use this word. In reality this is the name of a specific type of plant. Succulent plants are plants that store water within their leaves, stems or there own roots. These plants are distinguished by rather large and fleshy leaves, as well as the ability to sustain life in dry, arid conditions.
These plants, due to their ability to hold water, can be found in many of the world’s driest places! So what are the benefits of having a succulent plant? Why should you bypass other well-known plants in favor of a succulent? Let’s take a few moments and discover the beautiful world of succulent plants and why you should make them a part of your home décor.
Succulent plants are very hearty. That doesn’t mean they have a heart but it does mean that they are resilient. Many people are familiar with the cactus but they fail to understand that a cactus is a succulent plant. Did you know that cacti flower? Did you know that they come in hundreds of varieties? Cacti have an uncanny ability to thrive in the most inhospitable environments. From extreme heat to extreme cold these plants are able to survive because they can regulate their temperature due to their ability to store water. This makes the succulent plant a keeper for those people who have a hard time remembering to water plants. When it comes to succulents, quick water once a month is more than enough to keep these plants thriving and producing!
But why should you make this plant a part of your home? While cacti are more familiar, did you know that the Aloe plant is a succulent? If you are like most people then you have to deal with the harmful effects of the sun and its ultra-violet rays. One of the biggest risks of sun exposure is sunburn. The aloe plant is a common source of relief when it comes to sunburn. By cracking open one of the leaves and rubbing the slimy contents on your burn, the aloe has the ability to reduce and in some cases remove the pain associated with a burn.
These are just a few of the many benefits associated with the succulent plant. Take a quick trip to your local market and determine if a succulent is right for you.