Why You Want These Beautiful Succulents For Your HomeIf by chance you haven’t been living under a rock lately, then you’ll have noticed people sharing story after story and idea after idea about the beautiful ornamental plants called succulents that thrive on a low water supply. The fact that they thrive on a low water supply is why you want these beautiful succulents for your home. They provide all the beauty yet none of the work. One of the main reasons that they are so popular is that they are relatively hard to kill so even the blackest of thumbs can do well with this plant. This is a good thing because believe me I must have lost my green thumb somewhere along the way or better yet when God was passing out green thumbs I thought he said, “Mean bum-” and I said no thank you. Keep him far far away from me!:o) After seeing succulents and their unique shapes, colors, textures, and sizes it is easy to see why this plant group is on the rise among people interested in owning plants. In addition, they are easy to grow and can handle drought. With the right growing conditions and care, your succulents can survive year-round.
Follow these beginner tips to get started.
- Pick a healthy succulent – Look for succulents with full shapes, good color and with healthy foliage. Avoid plants with insects or signs of damage.
- Choose the right soil – Succulents like to be dry and need a well-draining soil. Use Espoma’s Cactus Mix to keep plants healthy.
- Select containers – Succulents can be planted in almost anything that allows for proper drainage. Make sure containers have a drainage hole for water to flow through.
- Give enough water– Succulents with leaves that pucker aren’t getting enough water and ones with soggy leaves are holding onto too much water. Get into a regular watering schedule to help plants thrive. Water succulents when the top inch of soil feels dry by pour water into the pot until it flows through the drainage hole. Remove all excess water.
- Soak up the sun – Most succulents love light. Place them in spaces where they’ll receive four to six hours of sun.
- Feed them – Give succulents a boost by fertilizing as needed with Perfect Plants Succulent Fertilizer.
- Keep plants looking good – Remove dead or decaying leaves to keep plants looking nice and insects at bay.
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