My friends have often joked that I’m truly less nurturing than a desert. And while this is probably true, they were not referring to my ability to be loving, they were referring to my ability to keep my succulent plants alive. When I purchased my first two succulents, they quickly shriveled up and died not long after I brought them home. I thought I was doing all of the right things. I put them in an adorable terrarium on my bedside table, made sure they had sunlight, water, soil, and decor. While I did all of the work to make sure my succulents looked good, I didn’t put in the work to make sure I was giving them the nutrients that they really needed to survive. I was not much of a plant person before I purchased my first two succulents. Sure, I’ve helped my mom plant a few flowers in the garden here and there but I’d definitely never had a plant of my own to take care of. After the short life of my first two succulents, I did my research and purchased two more with a vengeance, making sure I knew exactly how to take care of and nurture my new plants. Over the past few years of owning and raising succulents, I’ve obtained a lot of knowledge about succulents and this blog post is dedicated solely to helping you learn the secrets of effectively growing and maintaining your succulents indoors. Once you read these seven secrets, you’ll never make the same mistakes I did.
- Ditch the terrarium: Succulents need room to breath and terrariums don’t allow for that when keeping them indoors. Each succulent needs its own space to live and breath when kept indoors due to the lack of direct sunlight. Keeping them apart allows for more sunlight to reach each succulent individually.
- Let the sun shine: Succulents are desert plants, meaning they thrive in hot places with plenty of sunshine. Keep them near a window facing where the sun sets or rises, allowing them to soak up the sun’s rays as much as possible. Remember, they will not grow and thrive in a dimly lit apartment.
- Provide adequate shade: Contrary to popular belief, succulents will not thrive when blasted with direct hot sunlight 24/7. They need some shade too. Keeping my succulents near a window that faces either the sunset or sunrise allows for my succulents to get the sun they need while still allowing time for shade. Just like humans, succulents also need some sun protection.
- Give them a drink, but not too many: Succulents like it dry. If you live in a wetter climate, let succulents dry out thoroughly between waterings. Their leaves hold moisture for them to use later so be sure to leave plenty of time in between each watering. I give my small succulents about two weeks in between their watering so that their soil has time to completely dry out.
- Allow for appropriate drainage: As I said previously, succulents like it dry. Their roots hate excess water. Many succulents require drainage containers underneath their pot. However, I’m 100% guilty of not using pots with drainage because they were much cuter than the ones that included drainage, so it’s not required but recommended for many succulents to allow drainage.
- Feed them nutritiously: One of my first mistakes was potting my succulents in the wrong soil. Because of this, I deprived them of the nutrients they needed to grow. It’s important to pot your succulents in a fast-draining cactus mix. I also like to add in a few crushed lava rocks to help with drainage. This will allow for your succulent to grow healthily and happily.
- Beware of the cold: You don’t like to be cold and neither does your succulent. Keep the temperature in your home or room at a reasonable temp in winter and in summer so that your succulent can continue to grow.
That’s all for this week’s blog post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m trying to incorporate more lifestyle content into the blog and make it less solely fashion and beauty focused. I want to create content that is useful for everyone and including lifestyle segments is a great way to do that.
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