Let’s admit it, not all of us have a green thumb and can maintain a plant. For people who are always busy and on the go, having a plant at home can be work itself. You have to water it every day and make sure that it’s receiving an ample amount of sunlight. This is why more and more people are opting for succulents – plants that store water in their body (leaves, stems or both). Succulents come in different form, colors, sizes, and types. Some have stripes, flowers, and even frills. Not only they’re beautiful, but they are also pretty low maintenance. So if you want to grow succulents in your home, we’ve got some pretty helpful tips for you.
Why Grow Succulents?
There are tons of plants you can grow, so why succulents? Well, the main reason is pretty straightforward – they thrive in a lot of conditions. These beautiful plants require very minimal care and space of which can be attractive to people who don’t have the luxury of time or commitment. So compared to other plants which are usually more delicate and need more attention, this type of plant rise above. Succulents are also visually stimulating and as what millennials would say, very “instagrammable.” These suckers come in different shapes and colors.
How To Grow Succulents
Now for this post, we’re going to focus on growing succulents indoors. Here are some tips on how you can care and nurture your succulent:
Pick a Succulent
If you don’t have a succulent yet, the first you can do is to buy or get a succulent that you like. There are tons of varieties to choose from so it can be overwhelming so if you really want to select a succulent that’ll suit you, do your research first. Also, if you’re buying succulent, check out local plant stores or the farmers market – they have better plants and can give you lots of insights.
Succulents don’t need a big pot, but it should still have an ample space for the plant to breathe. Pots should have a proper drainage hole and just about their size. It can be enticing to place them in a fish bowl or those terrarium bowls which is doable, however, in the long run, it may not be suitable for your succulents especially if they don’t have drainage holes.
The Right Soil
This type of plant doesn’t like moist or getting wet too much so pick a well-draining and gritty soil. You can also buy unique soil (these soils usually have pumice which is good for succulent) from home depot or a plant store.
Repotting Your Succulent
When you get your succulent, it may be in a plastic pot or pouch. So prepare your container and soil then prepare your succulent. Make sure to carefully remove the roots of your plant and dust of the excess soil or pebbles in the roots of your succulent. Once you’re done, fill your container with soil and replant it.
Watering & Sunlight
Since succulents are water-storing plants, you don’t have to give them a lot of water. You can spritz the soil a couple of times to get them wet or use those ketchup like bottles with a fine tip. Lastly, give them ample amount of sunlight. They love the plenty of light so place them near a window or somewhere south. Despite these tiny plants loving the sunlight, you still have to protect them from direct sunlight.
This is how you care and grow succulents. If you don’t have a green thumb and would still love some green in your home, succulents are perfect for you. Do you have any succulents in your home? Leave a comment below!