Taking Care of Your Succulents
Earlier this year I shared how I bought some succulents, painted the terra cotta pots in fun neon colors, and added a fun pop of color with pink gravel. It was such a cool DIY and made a fun addition to my desk.
That succulent lasted 4 months.
I'm not sure what the culprit was - overwatering (common mistake), not watering enough (that's my M.O.), not enough sun, the wrong soil? Who knows, but for a plant that's supposedly hard to kill, Michelle, The Black Thumb, managed to kill a freaking desert plant.
I kept wanting to get another one though - they're so inexpensive! It wasn't until this past weekend that I decided to buy not one, but two new baby succulents.
The one of the right reminds me of some sort of sea creature trying to escape!
Motivated to keep these alive longer than 4 months, I asked the grower for tips on how to water my succulents. Here's what she told me:
- When repotting your plant, use a soil blend designed for desert plants. She happened to have batches of soil she mixed herself for a buck, so that was a no brainer for me.
- When you water your plant, water it until it starts draining out of the bottom.
- Water once a month, but in warmer climates (for instance there's this crazy heat wave in California in October!!), water every two weeks.
- Your plant should get 3-4 hours of morning or afternoon sun (or a combination of both). Avoid sun during the hottest point of the day.
Will my succulents stand the test of time with these tips? I'll report back in 4 months. :)