How to care for Succulents
Succulent plants are categorized as drought tolerant plants with thickened or fleshy parts that allow for the storage of water.
- Choose high porous soil (not rich compost)
- Succulents love good sun and great drainage
- Make sure the pot has a hole at the bottom to drain water
- The pot should be fairly small, as succulents do not develop large roots
- Make sure they get good air circulation, either from wind, or by setting up a fan in your greenhouse
- Only water when soil is fully dry
- Protect from frost and freezing temperatures
- They are not meant to be indoor plants
- Avoid touching or watering the leaves (only water the soil)
Planting your succulent
While meticulously packaged, succulents might still be unhappy from their travels, but they will recover rapidly. Once you have received your succulent, immediately plant your succulent in a coarse potting mix, such as cactus mix, with perlite or pumice to aid with drainage and aeration and a pot with adequate drainage holes.
Newly potted succulents can easily get sunburned, especially pale and variegated varieties, so introduce them gradually to sunlight over the course of a few days.
Planting a succulent with no roots or sparse roots
Simply sit the plant down in semi-moistened potting mix and allow the soil to dry out for a few days, up to a week, before you mist the soil again. Don't give it a real watering until you are sure that it has a healthy root system (this can take many weeks). Once you are sure that it has rooted, only water the soil again after it has fully dried out.
The "Rosette" (Rose)
- Sometimes the bottom leaves of succulents may dry out during shipping. This is fairly common, not a worry, and the succulent will regrow and repair itself promptly.
- Sometimes the succulent might be a slightly greener or redder shade than what is pictured in my shop. Colors change depending on the season, amount of sunlight, temperature, etc.
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