If there was a plant trending right now, it would be the succulent! These greens come in all shapes and sizes, but if you are unfamiliar with the care and maintenance, they won’t be around for long. Whether you have a small succulent on your desk, or a larger species potted outside, here are 6 remedies for issues you may have come across when caring for your succulent.
Yellow or off color? Needs fertilizer.
Black spots, or bleaching? Sunburn.
Stretches or elongated growth? Too little light.
Wilted or droopy? Needs more water.
Older leaves turning yellow or mushy? Too much water.
Irregular new growth? Pest, check periodically.
So how do you properly take care of a succulent? Here are 5 ways to maintain the health of your plants and avoid the problems above!
Succulents are typically over watered, causing root rot. Don’t water them unless the soil is visibly dry. You should avoid watering into the crown of the plant. Frequency of watering depends on the conditions as well. During the summer heat you may need to water it more regularly, while in the winter it may not be as much. If a succulents happens to be inside and in a shaded area, pour just enough water to wet the topsoil and trickle down into the roots. If left too wet for too long, the plant’s roots will eventually rot.
If succulents are inside, they need natural sunlight to keep them healthy so a bright location is important. Patios and porches tend to be good options because they are bright and breezy. Many cactus and succulents can tolerate full sun in the winter.
Insects are not a particularly big problem with succulents. But you’ll want to inspect your plant upon purchase. If there is a pest problem in the future, you can treat the plant with a insecticidal soap or mild insecticide.
If you happen to know the name of the succulent that you purchase, look it up to see the preferred degrees in which it will thrive. If some succulents are outside, in the summer heat, they may essentially cook! At an inside temperature, anywhere from 55°-75°F should be okay.
Soil Mixes + Fertilizers
Your soil should be fast draining soil! This is will have the balanced nutrients your succulent needs to survive. It is best to fertilize in the spring and fall, always per instructions for the plant you have.