How To Care For Succulents Indoors
If you’ve received a succulent gift from Flowercard, then chances are you’ll be wanting to keep it alive and healthy for as long as possible. The best place for succulents in our mild and mostly cold climate, is indoors.
Succulents are great for growing indoors for a variety of reasons and have long been a popular choice for office and indoor plants. They come in a huge range of shapes, textures and sizes – some come with blooms and some don’t. they can be kept in small containers which allows you to get creative with the pots you can keep them in, they also require minimum watering and care so they’re hard to kill - no wonder they’re so popular with lifestyle bloggers and have seen such a popularity resurgence.
As low maintenance as they are, there are ways in which you can really stimulate the growth of your succulents and keep them in super healthy condition.
Where Do You Keep Your Succulents?
Succulents need to be kept in the sunshine, but not sunshine that gets too hot, keeping your succulent in a place that gets too got will dry them out. Whilst they do need around 6 hours of sunshine a day, try to keep them away from a window sill, and keep them in a light, warm room instead. Succulents are categorized by their telltale fleshy leaves, which contain sap and moisture – the most commonly known succulent is an aloe vera. They retain a lot of water – hence their name - so need a warm, humid environment. Is succulents don’t get enough sunlight, they start to stretch – this means that they grow long and gangly because they’re reaching out for sunlight. If this happens you can prune them, you can carefully snip the ends and use them to propagate more plants. A warm window sill protected by a light curtain is the perfect place to keep a succulent, or a table in a light room.
What Kind Of Soil Do You Need For Your Succulent?
Succulents thrive in well-draining soil, it’s common to think that succulents need as little water as cacti, but this isn’t always the case. In the months when they get most sunlight, the soil might dry out even more quickly than it might in winter months, so if you feel like the soil is too dry and is getting too dusty then mix cactus soil with regular potting soil. Succulents tend to like coarse, sandier soil that replicates their natural habitat. Add a layer of pebbles or sand to the bottom of the container your keeping your succulent in, this will give water more opportunity to drain and means you can keep your succulent in a pretty pot such as a mason jar or teacup. How to prepare pots for a succulent. Succulents have shallow roots systems that makes them the perfect type of plant to keep in small containers and pots. You can get creative with what you can plant your succulent in, and building terrariums is a popular choice for succulents. Make sure you have rocks, sand and pebbles at the bottom of your pot, and use the right soil and it’s hard to go wrong with a low-maintenance option such as a succulent.
How To Look After Succulents During The Winter
Most succulents are dormant during the winter – they may even look ‘dead’, they aren’t, they just need a cold spell and then they’ll produce bigger and brighter blooms during the spring and summer. By far the best place for succulents during the winter is indoors – as plants that originated in the desert, they tend not to do so well in low temperatures and will be over-watered by the amount of rainfall we have. During the winter, your succulent might not get the right amount of bright sunshine it needs, but due to the lower temperatures, it can be kept in a window in direct sunlight. The sunlight won’t get hot enough to scorch your succulent but it will have maximum exposure to sunlight. As much as they still need sunlight, they will need far less watering because they (usually) lay dormant for the winter, much like animals hibernate in the winter. You’ll need to check what variety of succulent yours is, as it may not slow down as much in the winter as other varieties. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll only need to water them when you notice the soil is dry, and the time between the soil drying during the winter will be less frequent than when it’s hot. If you over water your succulent in the winter and it takes too long to dry out, you’ll risk the plant becoming damp which will make it ill – damp places are breeding grounds for all sorts of nasty bacteria which can be harmful to your plant, so don’t overwater it! If you notice that your succulent is leaning to try and get more sunlight then you can simply turn it to even it out, the plant will lean in the other direction for sunlight and will even itself out without any damage or disturbance.
Looking after succulents, if you have the right know how, is an easy and rewarding way to fill your home with plants. If you’re lucky enough to receive a Flowercard tin of succulents or a succulent