A lot of us get succulents as gifts or buy them on a whim without knowing how to properly care for them. Succulents are easy to care for, but there are a few things you need to know in order to keep them looking their best. In this post, we'll talk about the dos and don'ts of watering and sunlight exposure, so you can make sure your succulents stay healthy and happy.
1. What are succulents?
Succulents are a popular type of houseplant because they're easy to care for. They come from arid climates, so they're able to store water in their leaves and stems, allowing them to go for long periods of time without water. This also makes them tolerant to a variety of light conditions and forgiving when it comes to being over or under-watered. Succulents come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, making them a popular choice for home décor.
2. Do's and don'ts of watering
When it comes to watering succulents, there are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind. First and foremost, DO water succulents when the soil is dry to the touch. How often you water them will depend on the humidity, temperature and light levels in your home. In general, you'll want to water succulents every 5-7 days. Secondly, DON'T overwater succulents. This is the number one killer of succulent plants. Overwatering causes the roots to rot, which will ultimately lead to the death of the plant. Another DON'T when it comes to watering succulents is watering them with cold water. Warmed water is best, as it helps avoid shock caused by sudden changes in temperature.
3. Do's and don'ts of sunlight exposure
When it comes to sunlight exposure, succulents need a lot of direct light. If you can, place them near a window where they'll get plenty of natural light throughout the day. If you can't do that, consider using a grow light to ensure they get the light they need. Don't exposing succulents to direct sunlight for an extended period of time, as it can cause them to overheat and die. Do water them regularly—but not too much! Succulents don't like being soggy, so be sure to water them once the top soil feels dry to the touch.
4. Troubleshooting tips
If you're having trouble with your succulents, here are a few troubleshooting tips for you. First, make sure you're watering them correctly. Succulents don't need a lot of water, so only water them when the soil is dry to the touch. If they're in direct sunlight, they may need water more often. Second, make sure they're getting enough sunlight. Succulents need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If they're not getting enough light, they may start to grow leggy or lose their color. Lastly, make sure you're fertilizing them correctly. Succulents need very little fertilizer, so only fertilize them once a month using a balanced fertilizer.
5. How to propagate succulents
To propagate succulents, you'll need to remove a few leaves from the stem and place them in soil. Be sure to water them regularly, and in a few weeks, you'll see new succulents growing. It's really as easy as that!
Succulents are a great way to add some life to your home décor, and they’re pretty low-maintenance, too. With just a few simple tips, you can make sure your succulents are healthy and thriving. Follow our guide on watering and sunlight exposure, and troubleshoot any problems you may encounter along the way. And don’t forget – succulents are so easy to propagate, so don’t be afraid to share the love!