Succulents are the perfect plant to fall in love with. They have low moisture needs and can be a cinch to cultivate. Succulents are beautiful and offer gorgeous tones of silver, blue, and purple, as well as the more traditional tones of green found in more familiar houseplants.
Ever wonder how to care for them? Here are three easy tips:
1. Shine On
Low-water succulents thrive in lots and lots of light. If you have been told to keep your houseplants out of the direct sun, forget that rule with succulents. They love the sun, both indoors and out.
Do not have a sunny spot? Do not worry! Succulents also do great in artificial light. And you do not need to have special bulbs; regular florescent or LED bulbs are ideal. In fact, an inexpensive shop light will give succulents good light. Suspend the shop lights 6 inches (15 cm) over your succulents. When it comes to light, more really is better with succulents. Too little light is the most common issue when growing succulents indoors.
2. Do not Drench
The second most common problem folks have with succulents is watering, too much of it. Most of the time, water your succulents once every two weeks or so.
To test if succulents need water, just insert a toothpick up the drainage hole of the container. If the toothpick comes out with soil sticking to it, you do not need to water.
3. Avoid Chills
If you live in a cold-weather area, ensure your succulents do not get cold. Keep them out of a chilly window. Windowsills, particularly drafty ones, may be substantially colder than the surrounding room.
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