I think it’s safe to say that spring has finally sprung for most of the country, and that means one thing…gardening! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen several posts about my love for succulents.
I’ve had a love for succulents for as long as I can remember. My grandmother always had succulents, so I think my love for this unique plant came from her. This is my 4th year planting these, and I love how simple they are to care for. If you’re looking for a low maintenance plant to brighten up your outdoor patio or kitchen windowsill, succulents are it!
I know this isn’t the usual type of post you are used to seeing here; however, I’ve gotten quite a few questions over on Instagram regarding how I keep these little beauties alive, so I thought I would share a few tips with you.
I am certainly no gardening expert; however, I am learning more and more as the years go on about this beloved hobby of mine.
The biggest keys to success I have found with succulents are sunshine and proper soil drainage. Most succulents need at least a half day of sunshine, if not a full day (6-8 hours is typically recommended). Succulents also need good draining soil. If you are planting your succulents in a container, choose a container with a drainage hole or place crushed rocks/gravel on the bottom of your container. I also recommend using a potting soil that is specifically for cactus/succulent plants. You can find a variety of potting soil options at your local nursery or a home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot.
Now that you’ve got your succulents planted, let’s talk about watering. The key to growing succulents is watering thoroughly…with one catch – letting the soil dry partially in between said waterings. Succulents don’t need to be watered every day. That’s the beauty of these low maintenance plants. But when you do water, it’s best to use a watering can with a narrow spout so that the water goes directly into the soil rather than on the plant foliage itself.
In summary, the top 3 keys to growing gorgeous succulents:
- Sunshine. LOTS of it!
- Good draining soil.
- Don’t over water. Water well, but let soil dry partially in between waterings.