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Succulent Care 101


Succulent Planting & Watering


Succulents should be placed in well-drained soil to prevent the roost from rotting. Cactus/succulent potting soil is preferred planting soil. Regular potting soil may be used if you have good drainage to include rocks or non-chemically treated wood chips.


Succulents store water in their fleshy leaves and should be watered according to environment conditions . Therefore, humid environments will need less watering than low humidity environments.  The soil should be damp to the touch after watering but NEVER soggy.


If you have a hole in the bottom of your container for drainage, pour water through the soil until it drains out of the bottom of the pot. After you have done this, don’t water again until the soil on the top has dried out. Always remember to water the soil, not the leaves. Allow it to dry well before watering again.


If you do not have a whole in the bottom of your container, water until soil is moist, not soggy. Wait for soil to lack moisture before watering again.


Water your succulents sparingly in the Winter months. If you water too much or too little, your succulent will start to wilt and drop its leaves.


To encourage growth, succulents should be dusted with a damp cloth to remove any dust.  


Succulent Light Requirements

Where succulents originate from tropical places, they require bright sun to grow well. A few hours of direct sunlight a day will help your succulent grow well. They however, will grow well also in medium to high direct light.


Always turn your plant if in direct lighting to avoid sunburn where the succulent leaves will turn yellow, brown or just fall off.


Too much watering or too little watering can all affect the health of your succulent and cause the leaves to turn yellow, brown, wilt or fall off.  Therefore, if you forget to water your succulent, DO NOT DROWN it with over watering to compensate for the lack of water. Water regularly as usual, you will just have to water it again within a day or two to get caught up with the moisture level in your container.


Low light can cause succulents to lose their color or cause "stretching" of the leaves.  Always keep your succulent succulents in bright rooms where they get plenty of sunlight.