Eight Tips for Taking Care of Succulents

2nd October 2015

8 Tips for Taking Care of Succulents


All indoor plants grow successfully outdoors somewhere in the world. So, to make them content in your home, it is useful to find out where they flourish naturally and the climatic conditions they enjoy. You must then do your best to replicate those conditions in your 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 let’s face it 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. Hello, triffids!

2. Water

Water 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 noticed two of the leaves turn yellow. In true plant SOS style, I put a piece of kitchen roll under the pot to drain the excess water and repeated until 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 open your windows on hot days. I’m certain they also like the movement of people and the vibrations of music. I like to make sure my succulents aren’t getting lonely and I treat them to the very best rock music!

4. Feed

To flourish and stay healthy succulents need to be fed. Apply a liquid fertiliser and follow the recommended quantity on the bottle.

8 Tips for Taking Care of Succulents

5. Shine

Succulents may need occasional cleaning as dust accumulates on the leaves. Use a damp cloth or, for the smaller plants, a wet cotton bud.

6. Repot

You should repot succulents as soon as the roots reach the sides of the pot or grow out of the bottom. This is usually every two or three years. A sandy, gritty compost is required to replicate the arid conditions they’re accustomed to.

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 plants, 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.

Enjoy your plants – they’re inexpensive to buy and will give you endless joy!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

8 Tips for Taking Care of Succulents

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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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