Succulent Plant Care

Care Sheet

Indoor succulents are wonderful because they are low maintenance and thrive on neglect!

Most succulents require similar care, however, as this is an overview there are of course, succulents whose care differs from that below.  If in doubt, feel free to ask!

 

Light

Succulents prefer bright light. The plant will tell you if it is getting the right amount of light. Too much and the leaves may scorch and turn brown or white. This can even happen when keeping them indoors by a window. Too little the plant will start to stretch and the leaves will become more spaced out, as it is trying to reach more light.  Indirect light all day is fine.  During the Winter, grow lights might be necessary.

 

Temperature

Succulents can handle cooler nights but don’t like frost. Winter them over indoors once the temps get close to 45 degrees at night.  There are cold hardy succulents (Semps and Sedum) that can grow in ground all year round.

Succulents can handle heat and humidity but prefer morning sun and can scorch in mid day and afternoon sun.  Always slowly acclimate your plants before taking them outdoors full time. 

 

Potting Soils

Succulents should be potted in a fast-draining mixture that you can purchase at any garden center. They prefer pots that fit them just right or snugly with other plants.  You can amend the soil with peralite, small stone, etc to help the soil drain well.

 

Water

If your plants live outside then you probably won’t need to ever water them. If you are experiencing extreme drought and the plants have stopped growing and are beginning to shed leaves then you will need to water them.  Rain water is best.

Indoor potted succulents should be watered generously in the Summer. Allow the potting mix to dry completely between watering. During the winter, when most plants go dormant, cut watering back to once every other month. Over watering causes plant rot which is the single most common cause of plant death.  * Since every home is different in dryness and heat, your plant may need more watering.

 

NOTE: An over watered succulent might at first plump up and look healthy. However, the cause of death may have already set in, as the rot spreads upward from the root system.

TIP: A succulent should never be allowed to sit in water.

What to look for:

  • Over watered plants are soft and discolored. The leaves may be yellow or white and lose their color. A plant in this condition may be beyond repair, but you can still remove it from its pot and inspect the roots. If they are brown and rotted, cut away dead roots and repot into drier potting media, or take a cutting and propagate the parent plant.

  • Succulents prefer generous water during the growing season (Spring and Summer). An under watered plant will first stop growing, then begin to shed leaves. Alternatively, too much water and the plant may develop brown spots on the leaves or rot.

  •  Succulents will lose leaves from the bottom as they grow which is normal. Watch out for it losing leaves from the middle or the top.

 

*Information gathered from various online sources and lots of experience. Always feel free to drop us a question too :)