One of the many reasons we all love succulents is that they are so easy to grow, right? I often say that they thrive through benign negligence. But you know it. They practically ignore most of their succulents and they are just great. But this one, special succulent, the one you really like, the one is a challenge, isn’t it? You do everything for it. You give him extra love and attention – but still he struggles. I’m catching on. I went there. There is an answer. Read on to learn the secret to succulent care, especially for your favorite plant.
Succulent Care For Your Favorite Plants
What makes a juicy”darling”?
Meet my new favorite succulent plant-Euphorbia lactea cristata variegata! That’s cool, right? I’m so excited to share it! Although any variety of succulents is worth being someone’s favorite, it is often the unusual, strange and difficult to find that becomes our “favorite addict”. Another candidate is the one who has a sentimental meaning. Maybe it was cultivated by your grandmother or your father gave it to you. Maybe it was from a bouquet at your wedding, or from your prom bodice. However, a succulent plant has become your favorite, it is deeply significant for you and valuable. So, how do you take care of it when most people end up finishing the succulent they love the most? It is the triple secret of juicy care for your darling who is constantly dying:
- Fast draining succulent soil
- Water only when the soil is dry
- Lots of light
I know what you’re thinking — that’s what you do for your regular succulents! You want some juicy care tips for your favorite, right? Stay with me. I promise I’ll get to that point.
The first step to succulent care begins with the soil. All succulents need fast-draining soil for several reasons. A suitable juicy soil allows the roots of the plant to receive enough water without remaining too moist, which browbeat to rot. It also provides enough oxygen for the roots of the plant, which is necessary for photosynthesis
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. The soil also anchors the succulent plant in place so that its solar radiation remains constant. It provides insulation against temperature changes for the roots. And the soil provides the right mix of nutrients your succulents need to promote healthy growth.
All succulents share these needs for these succulent soil qualities. Resist the urge to show your favorite succulent how special she is by giving her an extra rich and nutritious soil. Experienced gardeners often provide specially enriched soils for a popular rose or hereditary plant with excellent results. When it comes to succulents, this is a quick way to damage or even finish your favorite succulents. Rich soils retain too much moisture and risk rotting. And all this nutrition is likely to stimulate rapid and weak growth, leading to its own problems. Just like your usual succulents, your favorite plants need nutrient-poor, fast-draining soil.
The beautiful Lithops lesliei above is an excellent example of a rare succulent plant that needs the same things from its soil as others. For a recipe to make your own juicy soil, click here.
Proper watering is the most critical element of succulent care. By definition, these are plants that have adapted to growth in conditions where water is scarce. These plants are so well adapted to dry conditions that excessive watering is the fastest way to passed away for their succulents. The closer you are able to imitate the conditions in which you are born, the better you will do it. Watering should therefore follow a “cycle of drought and quenching”. Let the quickly draining soil in which your succulents grow dry well. It is the drought that their water storage allows them to survive. Then carefully pour so that the water flows out of the drainage holes. This is how the rains happen where they are native – a short, fast rain shower. When you water, your plants absorb all the moisture they can store for future use.
This method of watering through drought and soaking will keep your succulents healthy and happy. It promotes the development of a robust and powerful root system and fully fills your foliage with the water you store. Daily watering in small quantities leads to growth retardation and weak development of roots. Constantly moist soil can rot. Resist the urge to show your favorite juicy love by giving it extra water. Instead, let the soil dry well between waterings. Your juicy will tell you when to water. Read all about the signs that succulents give to show that they are under or over water.
The whimsical Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ is a certain favorite. Its delicate appearance, cascading port and whimsical spherical leaves are so charming! Many people love this plant as their favorite. Unfortunately, many also finish him with “kindness” (read — too much water). I love using a pearl string in a mixed succulent planter. Not only because of its incredible beauty, but because it is an excellent guide for watering the entire arrangement. If the plant is very good and no longer needs water, then the beads will be plump and perfectly round. I leave the arrangement dry. when the soil dries and the plant draws from its stored water, the leaves lose some of their roundness when the water is used. They get a little sharp. When most of the leaves are pointed, it’s time to water the entire arrangement. Then the leaves of the pearl necklace are completely rounded again. Easy-peasy!
This photo by senecio String of Pearls is courtesy of Maja Dumat via Flickr and Creative Commons Public License (Attribution 2.0 Generic).
All succulents love the sun. It is necessary for photosynthesis. Some succulents can tolerate more or less than other varieties, but they all need a good amount of light. The need for light is so basic that if a succulent does not get enough light, the plant will soon expand and grow tall and thin as the plant reaches more light. This process is called etiolation. It’s not just unsightly. In extreme matters, succulents can pass away from etiolation. Provide your succulent with plenty of light and watch for signs that she needs more light.
Unfortunately, too much sun can also cause a problem if your sunburn is juicy. So take care of your plants when determining the right amount of sunlight for each of them. Once you’ve done this, keep an eye on them as temperatures warm and the seasons turn. Partial shade can become full sun after in the year, and full sun can get way too hot.
Resist the urge to keep a favorite succulent indoors in full sun to keep it close at all times. He will not have enough sun to keep him healthy. Also, don’t put a succulent in the shade in too much sun just because it would look good in a focal spot. Too much sun can be harmful. Instead, your favorite succulents should be placed in the right amount of light for you – just like your regular succulents.
The beautiful Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ is often a favorite, because of its unusual color. Although listed as good in full sun or partial shade, it is important not to put it in full sun directly from the nursery. Most succulents are professionally grown under a shade cloth to get the best color. And too much sun too early causes sunburn of the plant.