Succulents are excellent plants for people who don’t have a naturally green thumb. If more finnicky plants wilt, crumble and die under your care – easy-going succulents are an all-around winner.
They don’t require much water and are relatively self-sufficient when planted in the right container and placed in a sunny spot.
There are more succulent varieties than you ever thought possible – such as beautiful rose succulents which look like they belong in a Pixar or Disney movie.
Known as Greenovia Dodrentalis, those beautiful succulents are shaped like roses. But, unlike roses, succulents stay in bloom for a long time.
Greenovia Dodrentalis grow in curved layers which resemble the petals of a rose and look like a green rose.
Succulents have thick fleshy leaves and stems which store water. This is why they do not need to be watered as often as other plant species. They can survive and thrive with light dew and mist.
The word “succulent” derives from the Latin word sucus, that means sap or juice.
While succulents are usually associated with Cactaceae, not all cacti are succulents and not all succulents are cacti.
Growing succulents indoors is easy-breezy. Find a good location with lots of sunlight. Most succulents prefer around six hours of sunlight per day, so south- or east-facing windows are ideal.
When you first bring home your succulent, it is likely living in the soil that’s too rich and contains too much moisture. Repot your succulent in more suitable living conditions as soon as possible.
Pick a coarse potting mix with good drainage qualities. Specialty soils made for cactus and succulent plants are sold at most nurseries.
Also, pick a planter that is approximately one to two times bigger than the pot the plant came in so that it has room to grow.
Though glass containers and mason jars are popular Pinterest-worthy options for planting succulents, they are not the best choice because they let water accumulate at the bottom of the jar leading to root rot.
Fill your planter approximately one-third of the way with pre-moistened potting soil.
Put your plant inside carefully, being extra gentle with the fragile roots. Then backfill with additional pre-moistened potting mix.
Let the soil dry out before re-watering again. If the potting soil is wet all of the time, your plant might cease to survive.
Add a well-balanced, all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer in the spring or late summer. Dilute the fertilizer to half of its strength as listed on the packaging instructions.
Do not fertilize your succulent in the winter when it is semi-dormant because it isn’t actively growing it does not need the nutrient-boost at this time.
Do not use sand to plant your succulents because sand tends to accumulate too much moisture as it compacts over time.
If you begin your succulent as a seedling, be warned that it’ll grow very slowly. It might take six months to a year after germinating to reach its full size.
If the leaves at the bottom of your plant are shriveling up and dropping, that’s entirely normal.
But if the leaves at the top of the plant are falling off, it indicates an underlying issue like pests, overwatering, or disease.