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How to Care for Succulents and Keep Them Alive


Succulents have become a popular choice for indoor plants due to their unique appearance, low maintenance needs, and ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. These hardy plants are an excellent choice for apartment dwellers looking to add a touch of green to their space without requiring a green thumb. However, growing and caring for succulents can be tricky if you're not familiar with their specific needs.

In this blog, we'll provide you with all the information you need to help your succulents thrive in your apartment, from choosing the right soil to proper watering techniques. Whether you're new to succulent care or a seasoned plant parent, this guide will help you create a beautiful and thriving succulent collection in your apartment.

Understanding Succulents

Firstly, it's important to understand what succulents are and why they're so popular. Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, enabling them to survive in arid conditions. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from tiny rosettes to large, spiky plants. Their unique appearance and low maintenance needs have made them a trendy choice for indoor plants in recent years.

When it comes to growing succulents in your apartment, there are a few key factors to consider. These include the type of soil, lighting, and watering needs of your plant. It's also essential to choose the right container and ensure proper drainage to prevent overwatering and root rot. With a little knowledge and effort, you can create a thriving succulent collection in your apartment.

Proper Lighting Is Important

So, how do you care for your succulents once you've got them set up in your apartment? One of the most critical factors to consider is lighting. Succulents need bright, indirect sunlight to thrive, so make sure to place them near a sunny window. They also do well under artificial light, so consider using a grow light if you don't have access to natural sunlight.

Plant In The Right Soil

In addition to proper lighting, succulents require well-drained soil to prevent root rot. Use a potting mix specifically designed for cacti and succulents or make your own by mixing potting soil with sand or perlite. Be sure to choose a container with drainage holes to allow excess water to escape and avoid overwatering your plants.

Water More But Less Frequently

As desert natives, succulents are used to full sun exposure and heavy rainfalls during summer monsoons. That means you have to allow their soil to dry between waterings.

Once it’s time to water them, you have to provide them with monsoon-like downpours, until the water seeps out from the bottom. It’s also a good practice to water less frequently during fall and winter and more frequently during their growth period (spring and summer).

Because succulents hate getting their leaves wet, you have to water the soil directly and avoid misting your plants. You can also try bottom-watering (or watering them from the bottom up) every month to evenly distribute water across your plants’ roots.

The common cause of succulent death is overwatering. So, here’s a good rule of thumb: poke your finger into the soil, check to see if the top 2 inches are dry before you water them.

Temperature and Humidity Matter

Another critical factor in succulent care is temperature and humidity. Succulents prefer warm, dry environments, so make sure to keep them away from drafts and avoid placing them in overly humid areas of your apartment, such as the bathroom.

Get Rid of Pests

What’s great about growing succulents indoors is that they’re better protected against pests. But that isn’t to say they’re completely immune to nasty bugs.

Keeping your succulents’ soil wet for long periods, giving them too much fertilizer, and leaving dead leaves on the plants can attract gnats, mealybugs, and other pest. So make sure you avoid doing these.

But if these pests have already made their way to your succulents, you can easily remove them by spraying 70% isopropyl alcohol or mixing your own natural pest control solution.

Clean Their Leaves Regularly

The last tip on the list is something that many succulent growers overlook: cleaning their plants’ leaves.

Sure, succulents aren’t pets that should be regularly groomed. But if you want to help them grow, you have to gently wipe their leaves with a damp cloth. For hard-to-reach areas, you can wipe the dust off using a soft-bristle paintbrush.

In Conclusion

Succulents are an excellent choice for indoor plants in apartments due to their low maintenance needs and unique appearance. To help your succulents thrive, it's essential to provide them with the right soil, lighting, and watering needs. Additionally, make sure to choose a container with proper drainage and avoid overwatering your plants. With a little knowledge and effort, you can create a beautiful and thriving succulent collection in your apartment.

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