Succulents are an excellent way to get started with gardening because they are relatively easy to grow. However, knowing how to care for your succulents is important, as too much water and insufficient light will destroy them.
The incredible variety of forms and colors available when cultivating succulents is one of the most interesting aspects of the hobby.
What Are Succulents?
Succulents are water-storing plants with juicy, enlarged leaves and swelling stems. The word "succulent" is derived from the Latin word sucus, which means "juice" or "sugar."
Succulents resist drought because they can thrive on limited water resources such as dew and mist. Succulents come in a wide variety of species and cultivars, covering multiple plant groups, but most people link succulents with the cactus family, Cactaceae.
(Keep in mind, though, that while cacti are succulents, succulents are not all cacti.)
What Are Succulents?
- Enough light
Succulents require around six hours of natural sunlight per day, depending on the variety of the succulents. Because newly planted succulents can burn in direct sunlight, you may need to slowly reveal them to the full sun or shade them with a transparent curtain.
Before purchasing a succulent, make sure you understand its growing requirements. Furthermore, if your succulent appears unhappy in one location, consider moving it to see if it thrives elsewhere.
Before watering your succulents, make certain they want to be watered. Overwatering your succulent can cause death, so ensure the soil is absolutely dry among waterings.
Some succulents, however, have more specialized watering needs; for example, lithops should only be watered in the late spring, after the old leaves have died back.
Succulents dislike staying in wet soil, therefore drainage is fundamental to avoid rot. A drainage hole should be there in the container to allow excess water to drain.
Beginners should use terracotta pots.
Succulents require draining soil, so normal potting soil or dirt from your yard, will not suffice. Cactus soil or a potting soil blend with sand, pumice, or perlite are each correct option.
Succulent roots are delicate, so deal with them with care at the same time as repotting.
Succulents do not require much fertilizer but can be given lightly during the spring and summer growing seasons. Avoid overfertilizing your succulent; this will cause it to grow too fast and evolve weaker.
Some of the Easiest Succulents to Grow Indoors
- Burro's Tail
The trailing succulent Burro's tail or donkey's tail (Sedum morganianum) looks best in a hanging basket or container on a ledge, shelf, or plant stand so it may drape over. Each stem can grow to be three feet long, with gray-green leaves the size and shape of a plump grain of rice.
The leaves have a slight glow to them that fades when touched, revealing your fingerprints. Furthermore, because the leaves are delicate and readily fall off, it's better to avoid handling this plant as much as possible.
They're related but have slightly different appearances. Both generate "chicks," which are miniature, identical plants that are offset slightly from the mother (the hen).
Mexican Snow Ball is an Echeveria elegans that produces flat, flowerlike rosettes with rounded borders and arching, bell-shaped blooms every year.
Rosettes are also formed by Sempervivum tectorum, such as this hens-and-chicks collection although each leaf is flatter and more pointed. It blooms in the shape of a star.
- Aloe Vera
It develops more leaf clusters called offsets over time, eventually forming a colony large enough to fill the entire container. When things get too crowded, it's simple to separate them and shift them to different pots.
It, like other succulents, prefers to be kept on the drier side of things rather than growing in perpetually wet soil. While it thrives in bright light, its leaves can be scorched if you place them in a hot, sunny window unexpectedly.
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