February 22nd, 2021
🌿Hey plant friends! 🌿
This week we are talking about Succulent plant care. Succulents are a classic houseplant and often the gateway to addictive plant parenting!
Light, light, and more light is the key to succulent success. Succulents need as much sun as possible. Stretching and stem elongation are tell-tale signs that your succulents aren’t getting enough light. This is called etiolation and can leave your succulents looking less than attractive.
Succulents like a sharp, well-drained potting soil. There’s nothing more that succulent dislike than sitting in damp soil. The Espoma Cactus Mix is great with a little added Perlite. When it comes to watering your succulent, it can differ from home to home. In the winter you could be watering once a month. In the summer you could be watering every week or two. Let the soil dry out completely between watering. Succulents can handle drought and some neglect. Which makes them a great houseplant for us busy and forgetful humans.
A pest issue you may run into with is mealy bugs. Inspect your plants at least once a month for these little critters – they like to hide in cracks and crevices. You can also spray preventatively with an insecticide like Bonide Eight Ready to Use.
The succulents available these days are diverse and range in growth habit, size, and coloration which makes them so fun to shop and collect. Pair or combine succulents in a beautiful pot and they will be the spotlight in your home or office.