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How to Care for Succulents

Succulent plants are known for being low-maintenance, but they still require periodic care & attention.
Here are some helpful tips on caring for succulents, whether they live inside or out.

Succulents soak up lots of water, but they still get thirsty. Make sure to check the soil from time to time. When it feels dry to the touch, add enough H2O so that it drains out the bottom of the pot. Let your succulent stand in the water for about 15 minutes to soak up any excess water, then remove it. You can usually wait a few weeks before watering again because when it comes to succulents, the rule is: "when in doubt, dry it out!"

Succulents love as much light as possible. Florescent, LED, lamp light and natural light are all ideal. Sitting in the sun on a window sill is perfectly fine, but keep a careful eye on your plants, especially if they’ve been moved from a lower light location.

Succulents can handle a wide range of temps indoors, but like with any plant, make sure not to keep them in front of drafts from heating or AC vents.

Succulents extract nutrients from rain water & air, storing them in their leaves, so they don't require a lot of extra nutrients. You'll only need to fertilizer a few times a year, and only during warmer months. Use regular house plant food with a balanced formula such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5, and apply at only ½ the recommended rate. Water first before applying the fertilizer.

Most succulents will produce small off-shoots at the base of mature plants. These "plantlets" can be removed after a small stem develops below the last set of leaves. Just stick the baby plant with its stem in a rocky, well-drained mix up to the bottom leaves and they're good to go (and guaranteed to grow)!

All succulents produce flowers, ranging from small, delicate blooms at the base of leaves to big, bold flower spikes. Light levels (including available daylight), moisture and temperature all play a role in determining when a plant will bloom.