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

 

10 ways to beat the January blues

So I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me but January is the worst month of the year, why? because its cold, we are just getting over Christmas and Spring and Summer is still a long way off. It’s common for people to feel more down at this time of year, the long dark evenings and waking up to dark mornings, we all need to remember to do things to keep us happy and content.

I believe feeling happy and cosy in our own homes can really help this. We all look forward to getting home after a long day’s work and getting settled in our homes, maybe lighting some candles or cooking a nice meal, so here are my top tips to beat the winter blues!

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  1. Get some fresh air – make the time to get outside each day and breath in the fresh air, even if we work indoors all day just taking 10 minutes out will really boost our mood.
  2. Fresh flowers – a quick and easy way to brighten up our homes is to buy a bunch of your favourite fresh flowers, guaranteed to brighten up any room in the house.
  3. Make some plans – January for me is my time of the year to make a list of all the things I want to do during the year, whether its planning a summer holiday, days out or meeting up with friends it gives us something to look forward to.
  4. Have a bath – sounds really simple but taking some time for yourself, having a long soak and using your favourite products helps to relax us.
  5. Get cosy – this time of year we all crave being cosy, so if you have a fire get it lit, get the candles on and snuggle up with a hot drink or your favourite tipple, the perfect way to forget everything that is going on the outside world.
  6. Change things up – the new year always makes us think of new starts, resolutions, how about changing one of the rooms in your house? Re-paint a room, go for a completely different colour and theme, or just change some of your accessories, this can also make a huge difference to a room’s look.
  7. Treat yourself – now this doesn’t mean spending a lot of money on yourself, maybe your weakness is clothes or something for the home. It’s always nice to treat ourselves to something small to give us that little lift.
  8. Visit your happy place – whether it’s a walk along the beach, in the woods or just popping to your local cafe with a friend for a coffee and a catch-up, getting out and about for a change of scenery will always do you the world of good.
  9. Sing! – now I’m not saying go and sing in the street or perform in a local bar, but sing in the comfort of your own home. Sing in the shower or while your doing the housework, get that upbeat music blaring and sing your heart out!
  10. Give thanks – this is a really easy one to do, get some pieces of paper or a notebook and write down all the good things that have happened that day or week, it will help you focus on all the many positive things that happen to us all the time.

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So these are just some of the things you can do to help you beat those January blues, give them a try and I’d love to know if you have any good suggestions.

Mint and Molly xx