So, you've just bought a succulent plant. Good for you! They're really trendy right now, and for good reason—they're low-maintenance and look great in any setting.
But before you can start enjoying your new purchase, there are a few things you need to know about how to care for it. Succulents thrive in sunny spots, so make sure to place yours in a spot where it will get plenty of direct light.
Watering is probably the most important part of succulent care, but you don't want to overwater them. In general, wait until the soil is completely dry before watering again. And never water your succulent from the top—pour water into the potting soil around the plant instead.
What Are Succulents?
You may be wondering what succulent plants are. Succulent plants are a type of plants that have evolved to conserve water in arid climates.
Their leaves are typically fleshy and their stems are either succulent or waxy. This allows them to store water so that they can go for long periods of time without water.
There are plenty of different types of succulent plants, from cacti to aloe vera. So, if you're looking for a plant that doesn't need a lot of care, succulent plants are a great option.
The Do's of Succulent Plant Care
-Water your plants regularly, but don't overdo it
-Make sure the soil is dry before watering again
-Place your plants in a sunny spot
-Mist them regularly (not necessary in cold weather)
-Repot them every few years
-Fertilise them twice a year
The Don'ts of Succulent Plant Care
Don't overwater your succulent plants! This is probably the biggest mistake people make when it comes to succulent care. Succulents thrive in dry conditions, so if you're constantly watering them, you're going to kill them.
Another thing you shouldn't do is put them in direct sunlight. Succulents need indirect light to stay healthy, so if you put them in a spot where they're going to be constantly hit by the sun's rays, they're going to start wilting.
And finally, don't forget to fertilise them! Succulents need a little bit of fertiliser every once in a while to stay healthy.
Q: How often do I need to water my succulents?
A: In general, you only need to water succulents when the soil is dry. But it's a good idea to check the soil moisture level regularly, especially during hot weather.
Q: What type of soil should I use?
A: Succulents prefer a sandy or well-draining soil. You can either buy a pre-made succulent soil mix or make your own mix by combining potting soil with perlite or sand.
Q: How much light do succulents need?
A: Succulents need plenty of sunlight, but they can also tolerate some shade. In general, they need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Now that you know all about succulent plant care, it's time to put that knowledge to use! Start by reading our guide on the dos and don'ts of succulent care, and then follow the simple tips and tricks to keep your succulent plants healthy and happy.
And if all else fails, remember that succulents are pretty hardy plants and can usually recover from a few mistakes. So don't be afraid to experiment a little, and have fun with your succulent plants!