Succulent plants, including cacti are hardy ornamental plants that retain and store moisture in various sections of their body such as, foliage and stems. They require less watering than many other plants and will thrive in poor conditions, drought and high temperatures. This combined with their striking and unusual fleshy appearance makes them popular amongst beginner and experienced gardeners alike. Although, succulents are easy to grow, some requirements are necessary to their overall health.
5 Tips for growing succulents indoors and out,
Indoors - Succulents need abundant lighting. Place succulent planters in a bright, sunny window. If there is no bright location indoors, supplemental lighting can be used, such as a florescent grow bulb. Position the bulb 6 to 12 inches above the succulent plants and allow it run for about 15 hours per day.
Outdoors - Many succulent plants will benefit from being outdoors during the summer months. When the weather warms, transiting them slowly by first placing them in a protected area and gradually moving them to a sunnier location. Plant perennial succulents in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sun exposure per day.
Indoors & Outdoors - Succulents thrive best with daytime temperatures between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and with nighttime temperatures between 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Indoors & Outdoors - During the wintertime succulents will only need enough water to keep them from withering - about once a month is usually sufficient. Water them generously during the summer, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Indoors - Fast-draining potting mixes designed for cacti or succulents is best. You can make your own by combining one part regular potting soil with one part course sand. Plant succulents in planters that have drainage holes.
Outdoors - Succulents prefer to grow in sandy soils, however they will tolerate a range of soils as long as it's well draining.
Indoors - Succulents have a low requirement for nutrients. Fertilize with a granular fertilizer only once in late spring when they begin to actively grow.
Outdoors - Fertilize once a month during the growing season with a granular fertilizer high in nitrogen and phosphorus. Do not fertilize during the winter months.
Feel free to comment below if you have additional tips or advice on growing succulent plants.
By Dannielle Doyle
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