- Planting Your Succulent
- Caring For Your New Succulent
From aloe vera to roseum, Succulents are all the rage these days. The plants are equal parts stylish and minimal, serving as the perfect indoor décor. The best thing about succulents, however, is how easy they are to take care of.
Succulents are very resilient, requiring little attention to get by. The vast majority of species are native to the deserts of Africa and the Americas. This makes them specially adapted to living under intense sunlight with minimal rainfall.so if you live in a dry arid region with mild winters .taking care of these plants shouldn’t be too hard. These plants still need to be taken care of. Many people growing succulents indoors complain about the plants dying. This is often a result of owners failing to replicate the plant’s natural environmental conditions.
In this guide, well walk through the steps of successfully planting a succulent as well as the tips and tricks to keeping them alive.
Planting Your Succulent
Step 1- gather your supplies
The first step is making sure you have everything you need. This includes:
- A container with a drainage hole.
- Succulent soil (homemade or store-bought).
- Mesh tape.
- and of course, you’re succulent!
Step 2-remove your pot and soil
gently remove all the soil off your succulent, while taking care not to damage its roots.
Most nursery pots contain soil that’s far too wet for a succulents’ roots. Without drainage, Excess water can damage roots and result in rot or fungal disease.
Step 2- place a mesh over the drainage hole
As mentioned earlier, good drainage is key to the development of a healthy succulent. Still, you want to make sure the soil doesn’t fall out of the hole. To avoid this place, your mesh tap over the shaft of the bottom of your pot.
Step 3-fill your pot
Fill your pot close to the top with your preferred succulent soil. Make sure there’s enough space for the roots to be nestled in.
Step 4-plant your succulent
Place the succulent in the pot .you can place it right in the center or a little to the side. It’s your choice.
Step 5-bury the roots
Place some more soil over your succulents’ roots, make sure they’re entirely covered. It’s also essential to ensure that the leaves are all above the ground. Buried leaves will rot, so be careful.
Step 6-add a top dressing
This is optional, but it helps your succulent stand out and look all the more beautiful. There are all different types of top dressing available to purchase from pebbles to gravel. Look around a little and find some that suit you.
Well there you have it, with these 5 steps your succulent is good to go!
*once your done placing the dressing, be sure to let your succulent just sit around for 2-3 days.do not begin watering it as the roots need time to heal and are susceptible to rot*
Caring For Your New Succulent
once your succulents root have healed it’s time to learn how to care for it.to grow a healthy succulent to its full potential follow these simple rules
Rule 1-water, but not too much
Like any other plant, succulents need water, but as we discussed earlier, their roots aren’t designed to sit around in the water for too long. Excess water can cause the roots to rot or develop the fungal disease. It’s important to remember that your succulent roots need space to breathe, so you’ll likely do less damage watering the plant too little than too much.
The key is to water the soil directly every time it gets dry. This can vary depending on where you live and the time of year. Also, follow a watering schedule according to the plant’s active growth periods. During these periods, succulents develop much faster than usual and require more nutrients and water.
For most succulents, the active period lasts from spring to summer.
Rule 2-use the right soil
Again, I can’t emphasize this enough. Succulent roots need space to breathe. Often it’s not the amount of water that kills the plant. It’s the soil being watered. Apart from having a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, you must provide your succulent with the right kind of soil.
Always buy soil that drains well. Soil mix with cactus or succulent on their label should make this easy. If you’re making your mix, be sure to use materials such as sand, perlite, and pumice.
Rule 3- Give it plenty of light
Succulents love light, more than any other plant out there. A healthy cactus is one that gets at least 3 hours of direct sun every day. If you’re keeping the plant indoors, choose a spot that receives a decent amount of light, like a windowsill.
If you don’t have enough natural light in your room, you may want to purchase a grow light to supplement your plant’s needs.
Having said that, the amount of light a succulent needs can vary from specie to specie. It’s important to do your research so as to avoid accidently giving your plant sunburn.
Rule 4-keep them nourished
Some succulent may not develop as intended if their nutritional needs aren’t met. Keep a lookout for the following signs of succulent malnourishment:
- Discoloured leaves.
- Tears and breakage.
- Limp leaves.
A poor soil environment is most often to blame for this but don’t worry You can fix it easily by using fertiliser regularly.
Be sure to do this once a month, but again this depends on the type of succulent you own. Which season you fertilize your succulent doesn’t matter as long as it’s doing fine, but for the best results, fertilize your plant during its spring/summer active period rather than in the fall or winter.
Caring for a plant requires vigilance and a whole lot of patience. Stick to these rules, and you shouldn’t ever have to worry about your succulent dying on you.