Succulents are trendy and stylish plants to have around your home or workspace but they can be tricky to keep alive! We are here to help you keep your planted bundles of joy healthy and thriving. In this blog post, you will learn how to water your succulents properly, where to keep them, and how to spot the warning signs of a struggling succulent.
When your Garden arrives, carefully open the box as soon as you can. Do not shake, tilt or turn the box. Do not cover the box once it’s been opened. You can place it on a clean, dry surface with bright but indirect sunlight. Do not keep under direct sunlight. The plants might need a slight brush-off, as soil may shift in transit.
Place the Garden on a clean, dry surface with bright but indirect sunlight. Do not keep under direct sunlight as most varieties will burn in direct sunlight. Too much heat deprives these plants of water quickly.
Succulents do not survive in a pool of water, hence the soil should drain water out quickly. Water once every 7-10 days near the stem with the given dropper. Do not overwater. Do not spray water on the box, as it might damage the surface of the box.
Re-pot when a succulent outgrows the box, with the wooden tool provided with the garden. You can scrape the edges of the inner pot so it’s free of the soil. Then, gently pull out the plant and place it in a bigger pot. Use cactus mix and a pot with drainage when repotting. In case you have lost the tool, use a strong but small stick.
The Warning Signs
Succulents are finicky plants to keep alive, but knowing the warning signs can help you succeed. Addressing some common signs as below-
Soggy or yellowed leaves
Mushy, yellow leaves are typically a sign that you are overwatering your succulent. The best way to save a succulent that has been over watered is to transfer your succulent to completely dry cactus soil. After that, try cutting back by only watering your succulent with 1-2 tablespoons of water when the soil is completely dry. This typically happens every 2-4 weeks depending on its environment.
If you’re finding that your succulent is rotting, it is likely a sign of overwatering or poor drainage. Without drainage, excess water cannot escape your container and will make your succulent start to rot. Check to see if your container has the proper drainage holes. If not, drill or poke holes into your container or transfer to a new container.
Wilted, rubbery leaves are a sign of under-watering. Start to correct this problem by watering your succulent with 1-2 tablespoons of water. After that, wait until the soil is bone dry to water again. If this happens sooner than 3-4 weeks, it may be time to up your water dosage. Continue to test the amount of water over the next few weeks and months until you find your succulent’s sweet spot.
If you notice your succulent is growing taller with large spaces in between its leaves this is a sign that your succulent needs more light. Although it may seem good that your succulent is growing in actuality succulents are very slow growers. Your succulent is growing because it is looking for more light. If you have this problem, move your succulent to a bright window sill as soon as possible. Unfortunately, stretching is irreversible. Your succulent will still grow and can thrive after this but the elongated nature of its stem will not go away.
Dark spots on your succulent’s leaves are a sign of too much sunlight and show that your succulent has been burnt. These “burns” will not go away but your succulent will eventually shed these leaves as it grows. To fix this issue, simply place your succulent in a less sunny location.