If you are looking to decorate your home or office with gorgeous yet low-maintenance plants, succulents may be the best choice for you. Their resilient nature often makes them the best choice for people just beginning to tap into their green thumb or those who have little time to tend to their plants. While it is true that succulents require less watering, unless you are prepared to learn how to take care of these plants properly, you could wind up accidentally killing them.
Watering is arguably the most important aspect to focus on when growing succulents because it is one of the fastest ways to kill them.
Succulents are prone to root rot, which is caused by damp roots. For this reason, the soil should only be soaked when you water them, and watering is only necessary when the soil is completely dry. This is important because other plants require water more often and sometimes even need their soil to be moist constantly. Mixing up the requirements could kill your succulents.
Succulents need a lot of sunlight each day, with the minimum recommendation being three hours of direct sunlight.
When indoors, find the window with the most sunlight and put your succulents there to promote healthy growth. The key is to keep these plants out of the shade, whether inside or outside unless you are in an extremely hot climate. Succulents in harsher, hotter conditions benefit from shade during peak sun hours. They are very durable and can survive in various temperatures due to their resilient nature.
The ability of succulents to keep hydrated is one trait most professional athletes should revere. This means that they prefer soil that drains easily. When planting succulents outside, make sure you plant them in areas where the ground does not tend to stay moist or hold water, as this type of location could drown your succulents and cause root rot. If you plan on keeping your plants in pots, ensure that there are plenty of drainage holes at the bottom of the pots before adding soil, especially if you choose to keep the plants inside. This will help prevent overwatering.
As with all gardening, watching your plants and noticing changes, like drooping leaves, can help you understand each plant's needs. Every plant is different, and despite general guidelines for care, they require individual attention to make sure they grow into healthy, flourishing succulents.
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