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RL Tips: Taking Care of Succulents

Too much or too little water and sunlight may do your succulents harm. Keep in mind these handy hints


Like most plants, succulents require water, sunlight, and air to thrive and grow. It's important to note that these mini wonders are tricky little creatures that need the right combination of all three. Too much sunlight or too little water may do your succulents harm so it's best to pay attention in the first few months of care.

Remember, you need not stress about maintaining your plants! Soon, you'll be able to establish a pattern to keep your potted pals healthy.

Main photos from: allwomenstalk and DigsDigs.

When watering:

Believe it or not, most succulents die because of overwatering. They actually prefer little water, less frequently. The plants are structured to retain water in their leaves, stems, or roots (hence their plump, fleshy appearance) and are able to go for long periods in between watering.

What to do:

  • Water your succulents at least once a week, observing for signs of overwatering such as mushy portions or shrivelled up leaves.
  • Check if the soil is completely dry before you water again. Succulents don’t like it when their roots are too wet. 

Photo from: allwomenstalk.

Right amount of sunlight:

Succulents need bright light, but not necessarily direct sunlight. Place them in a well-lit area such as a table near the window or a windowsill, if indoors. Watch out for dark spots which may indicate sunburn. If your succulents start branching out or if spaces occur between the leaves, it means your succulent is looking for some sun.

What to do:

No natural light? Try simulating appropriate lighting conditions by placing your plants under bright fluorescent lights. Keep in mind that some succulents’ colors may differ depending on their lighting conditions.

Photo from: The Sparkle.

The importance of air:

Succulents need air to grow. Make sure that the area where you place your plants has good circulation or ventilation.

What to do:

  • Avoid placing succulents inside closed containers. You’ll want the air to circulate freely around your plant.
  • Don’t place them directly in hot or cold drafts of air (near heaters or air conditioners).

Photo from DigsDigs.

Do you have tips that you want to share with us? Send your tried-and-tested handy hints plus photos of your cacti and succulents to [email protected]

Photo from DigsDigs.

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