Although the general consensus may be that succulents thrive on neglect, there are some basic (and simple) rules to follow when caring for your succulents that will ensure that they will stay healthy and look fabulous for years to come. The following dos and don’ts can be applied to almost every succulent species.
- Water only when the soil is dry then give the pot a thorough soaking ensuring all the soil is wet all the way through.
- Position your succulent so that it receives between 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day. During the summer months protection from hot afternoon sun is recommended.
- If you bring your succulent indoors the best time of year is during winter but ensure that you place it in bright indirect for the whole day and water sparingly.
- When re-potting use a cacti succulent mix to ensure good drainage and use un-glazed, porous pots where possible, like terracotta or concrete, as this will help to avoid excessive moisture remaining in the soil.Water only when the soil is dry then give the pot a thorough soaking ensuring all the soil is wet all the way through.
- Don’t allow your succulent pot to sit in a pool of water. Always ensure the water drains completely from the base after watering.
- Water directly into the soil, avoiding wetting the leaves as much as possible. Don’t be tempted to mist the leaves.
- Don’t over-fertilise your succulents as they don’t require as much as other plants and only use half the strength when you do.
- Don’t allow your succulents to be exposed to the hot afternoon sun during summer.