5 Things You Need to Know When Caring for Succulents
Your chosen container plays a big role
There’s no denying the charm of succulents. These plants are cute and can instantly liven up a corner or a table, and the best part is they’re quite easy to care for. However, while succulents are low-maintenance, there are instances when a pot dies even if we think we’ve given it enough tender loving care. Aside from making sure they get enough sunlight, there are a few tips that can help you keep it alive and healthy. Marvz Conti of Habil Crafts shares these reminders:
Your succulents need sunlight but make sure you provide some shade.
Did you know that succulents need protection from the sun, too? “Most succulents do not thrive with full sun exposure. While they appreciate a lot of light, succulents need sun protection, too. Some varieties that are pale, solid green, or variegated (showing different colors) are in danger of sunburn,” says Marvz. Avoid burning or scorching by placing them in a spot where they can get a lot of shade while still receiving an adequate amount of natural light.
Understand the colors of your succulents.
We have to admit, colorful plants have a distinct charm that can brighten up a nook. Succulents are appealing not just because of its colors, but because of their interesting shapes, too. “The color variation of succulents seem almost endless—from shades of green and pink, to red, yellow, and almost black. Some types have somewhat peculiar care requirements and most are easy to grow because they evolved with special water-storage capabilities which add stunning interest to their surroundings,” shares Marvz. When buying plants, ask about how to best care for each. It also helps if you ask about the name of each so you can do your own research about maintenance.
Make sure you use the right soil.
“A good soil mix is a key factor in growing succulents. They don’t like to sit moisture so they need a lot of drainage,” says Marvz. He suggests mixing perlite or pumice into the soil. “Perlite is great for improving the drainage and it gives you room to water it without leading to circulation issues which may cause rot problems. Most of the soil mix available in the market today have included perlite in the mix,” he explains.
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Choose your containers wisely.
While glass containers are extra chic, it’s best to avoid glass containers when keeping succulents. “Glass vessels aren’t a great long-term potting solution as these lack breathability,” says Marvz. Keep in mind that your succulents need a good amount of airflow to maintain healthy roots. Most glass containers in the market today do not have holes or means for water to drain out. As much as possible, choose containers or planters that allow this.
Don’t forget to soak and dry.
Succulents need water to thrive but make sure you don’t overwater it. “Water the soil and not the plant. Don’t water indoor succulents daily. Overwatering causes rot and will eventually lead to the demise of your succulent. Make sure the soil is totally dry between watering,” suggests Marvz.
Are you looking for plants you can add to your space? Follow @habilcrafts on Instagram. You can e-mail Marvz at habilcrafts[at]gmail.com.
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