Top tips for keeping succulents

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A growing trend in house plants over the past few years is succulents, they will compliment most interior schemes but don’t be fooled, they aren’t as easy to keep as you think, here are some top tips to keep your succulents looking and staying healthy.

If you are planning on keeping them indoors the best types to choose are ones that prefer low lighting such as the Haworthias and Gasteraloes variety.

Light

Succulents ideally need around 6 hours of sunlight/daylight per day. The obvious choice is to keep them on a windowsill but be careful not to let them be in direct sunlight as they can get sun burnt, you can keep them on a windowsill that is bright but that you know won’t get lots of direct sunlight throughout the day.

Watering

It is a myth that succulents don’t need much watering, but like most other plants also don’t over water them. Succulents like to have their roots soaked but then allow to dry out, they don’t like being sat in constant water. You don’t need to water them daily but ensure you completely soak the soil and roots then let them dry out completely before you water them again. It’s also not advised to use a spray bottle to water them either! And like a lot of plants they become dormant in the winter so don’t need as much watering.

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Containers and Pots

Succulents do look lovely in a glass container and there are some beautiful examples of  ‘mini-greenhouses’ available, however, as succulents don’t like sitting in constant damp conditions a ‘mini-greenhouse’ won’t be the perfect container for them long-term. Of course you can keep them in a ‘greenhouse’ but make sure you closely monitor how damp they are. The best types of containers to use are either terracotta or glazed ceramic pots.

Temperature

As a general rule succulents like to be warm during the summer and cool in the winter. In the summer try to keep them between 70 and 80 degrees and in the winter between 50 and 60 degrees. As long as they are getting a constant ideal temperature with no sudden fluctuations in temperature then they will be happy and ideally don’t let them get below freezing.

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So there you have it, my top tips for keeping these cute little plants, like any plant treat it with care and it will flourish.

Mint and Molly xx

 

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