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Eight Tips for Taking Care of Succulents

2nd October 2015

Eight Tips for Taking Care of Succulents | photo of a living room with succulents |

Looking after succulents indoors

All indoor plants, including succulents, grow outdoors somewhere in the world. So, to make sure your plants are content, it’s useful to find out where they flourish naturally, and the climatic conditions they enjoy. You can then do your best to replicate those conditions in your own home, however, a full-scale desert installation may be taking things a little too far!

Succulents evolved in the dry semi-desert areas of the world and they have fleshy leaves which enable them to store water and survive periods of little or no rain. They’re well suited to modern centrally heated homes and they look gorgeous!

1. Light

Some sunshine is vital, so a windowsill is a good location – south-facing would be ideal. I once read that succulents can burn in direct sunlight, but mine have thrived on my south-facing windowsill all summer long. Some have even doubled in size! It’s best to keep an eye on them to check they’re not burning.

2. Water

Try to water them from spring to autumn and allow the soil to almost dry out between watering. During winter water every one or two months. I over watered one of mine and two of the leaves turned yellow. So, in true plant SOS style, I put a piece of kitchen roll under the pot to drain the excess water and I repeated the process until it was dry. The yellow leaves dried up and dropped off and the plant is now as good as new.

3. Ventilation

Plants love fresh air and a calm breeze so it’s nice to open your windows on hot days. I’m certain they also like the movement of people and the vibrations of music. I treat mine to the very best rock music!

4. Feed

To flourish and stay healthy succulents need to be fed. It’s good to apply a liquid fertiliser following the recommended quantity on the bottle.

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5. Shine

Succulents may need occasional cleaning as dust can accumulate on the leaves. I use a damp cloth or, for the smaller plants, a wet cotton bud.

6. Repot

You should try to repot your succulents as soon as the roots reach the sides of the pot or grow out of the bottom. This is usually every three to five years. A sandy, gritty compost is required to replicate the arid conditions they’re accustomed to. I’ll admit it can be a tricky task but it’s worth the effort if it means that your plants last longer.

7. Display

There are many ways to display succulents, from groups in individual pots to dish gardens. Miniature gardens of succulents in varying colours, textures and heights look delightful. And if you live in an apartment, like me, it enables you to enjoy a spot of gardening in your own home.

8. Admire

While admiring your pretty houseplants, it’s good to monitor their appearance. If they’re looking a bit sad or the leaves are turning yellow, look at where they’re positioned and how much or little water you’re giving them. Sadly, some plants won’t survive but if you’re careful others may live with you for many years.

Further reading on Candy Pop

Six tips for taking care of cacti
Make every day feel like summer with houseplants

For more houseplant inspiration you might enjoy popping over to Urban Jungle Bloggers. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a gorgeous day.

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  • Reply Eva 2nd October 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I love these plants because they are very resistant. Since I do not have the green hand, succulents is what I need ! Happy green weekend!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 2nd October 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Eva. I think everyone needs a succulent or two in their lives! Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Victoria 6th October 2015 at 7:31 am

    The next job on my living room redesign is adding some greenery and succulents are definitely next on the list… I have a window sill that I think will be perfect for a little collection of them!

    PS You don’t like coffee?! Scandalous!!!!

    Victoria x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th October 2015 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Victoria. That sounds perfect, I’m looking forward to seeing a photograph of them!

      I prefer tea….

  • Reply Priscilla Ireland 17th July 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I live in SW Florida and now that it’s summer time some of my succulents burn in direct sun light and actually are doing better in dappled light . They are outdoors so my biggest concern is to make sure their drainage is excellent and they aren’t on the ground as our afternoon showers are very strong.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th July 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Gosh yes, I can imagine direct sunlight in Florida is very different. It’s sunny here at the moment and my succulents are growing upwards fast! x

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