Having plants in your home or apartment is a perfect way to clean the air while adding some color to a room. However, with busy lifestyles, most of us do not have the time to take care of plants. Plants that need to be watered regularly, trimmed and have their soil changed frequently are too needy. But there is a type of plant out there that fits into a lifestyle that the people living in the City of Angels know so well. That type of plant is the succulent.
Succulents, if you are not familiar, "Are a group of plants that store water in their leaves... succulents tend to thrive in dry climates and do not like a lot of humidity." (Cassidy Tuttle). Chances are these unique plants have caught your eye either at a restaurant or on the front yard of a house that no longer has grass. If you are curious about what goes into caring for them, you have come to the right place! Succulents have a few specific needs that we here at Humbly Hemp have outlined for you! Follow these tips and we guarantee your new succulents will be around for years to come!
1. Name Your Plant
It sounds silly, I know, but at the same time it will help you create a bond with the plant. Once you give the succulent a name, it will become more real to you. You will want to care for it, giving the plant a higher chance of thriving in your home. Also, a plant is a living organism, so giving it a name isn't that weird.
2. The Soil and Planter Pot
After buying a succulent you will also want to buy potting soil as well as a specific type of planter pot. Here is something to keep in mind when buying both of these, “...Soil that remains wet for long periods of time can quickly kill most succulent plants.” (Donna Kuroda, NCCSS). So when buying soil, go ahead and purchase a soil that is specifically made for cacti and succulents. Furthermore, when buying a planter pot, it is important to buy one with a hole at the bottom. That way after watering the plant, the water has a way of exiting; letting the roots absorb water without drowning. Having a saucer under the planter pot will help to catch the draining water allowing you to empty it before it spills.
A misconception about succulents is that they need less water, and that is not true! Succulents need a good amount of water, but not as frequently as other plants. A rule of thumb for succulents are, “Let the soil dry out completely before watering them again.” (Leah Chester-Davis, Better Homes and Gardens). Another thing to mention is that during the Spring and into the summer months, succulents will need more water. However, during the winter, they will not need nearly as much.
4. Succulent Placement
Because succulents do well in dry and temperate climates, they should be put in an area of your house that receives at least six hours of direct or indirect sunlight. Placing them by or on windows will certainly be your best bet. Just make sure they are in a place that you will not forget about.
Whew! That is about all the key information that you need to know about caring for succulents. I’ll admit, it’s a lot to know when you first start out, but the beauty of these plants is that they do not need too much attention. Giving you the peace of mind knowing that you do not have worry about watering them every week. However, if you do run into problems in the future, you will be able to find everything about succulents at succulentsandsunshine.com. This is just one of the few websites that pride themselves on succulent knowledge!