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4 Things You Need To Know About Succulents

Do you need to water them everyday?

Photography: Mark Francis Jesalva

They are cute, charming, and affordable. Succulents have gained a huge following lately as they can instantly add life to any room. Whether you have an elaborate setup or a small one in a small pot, it gives your space a distinct refreshing look even guests would love.

However, it is important to note that these charmers need some special TLC, too. Too much sunlight or little water may cause them to wilt. If it's your first time to maintain a succulent at home, here are four important things that you need to take note of. 

Avoid overwatering

Succulents actually prefer little water because they are structured to retain water in their leaves, stems, or roots. That is why they are able to go for long periods in between watering. It’s recommended to water your succulents once a week. Make sure that the soil is completely dry before you water them again.

RL Tip: Add sand or Perlite to help improve drainage. Click here for more tips about repotting succulents.

Provide good ventilation

Succulents have to be placed in planters that provide good airflow. It’s ideal to use terracotta pots to allow your plants to breathe and let water to drain. You may also use teacups or mugs as planters—just make sure that the planter does not gather too much moist as it may cause wilting.

Make sure it gets enough sunlight

You may place succulents by the window so they can enjoy enough sunlight. Aside from the windows, you may also place your plants in the balcony. 

RL Tip: If spaces occur between the leaves, it means your succulent is looking for some sun.

Group succulents with similar needs together

It’s best to put succulents with similar needs together to make sure that the arrangement will thrive. If you want a streamlined vignette, go for a grouping of similar pots in different sizes and with a single kind of cactus in each. You can create dimension by arranging the cacti in varying levels. 

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