Top 3 Secrets to Caring for your Succulents Like a Pro!

Hey, friends, welcome to my blog “Epic Succulents” and thank you so much for stopping by! I’m Flaminia, a true succulents lover, and today I want to share with you my top 3 secrets when it comes to caring for succulents the right way.
I can already hear you saying: ‘Flaminia, help me, how do I keep my succulents alive???’. It actually took me quite a while to understand and figure out how to care for succulents the right way, and- let me tell you – in the beginning, I felt discouraged and frustrated… I couldn’t keep one single plant alive! Since then, and after lots of mistakes, I’ve learned how to care for succulents the right way, and now – I’m proud to say – my little ‘chubby friends’ are in good shape, thriving beautifully.

Today I’m super excited to share with you the top 3 secrets I discovered on my OWN path to achieving learning how to grow my succulents beautifully. You see, most people think that succulents are just like all the other houseplants, but that is not so! They have different needs, but once you put to action my easy top 3 secrets, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to grow your succulents like a pro!

Now it’s your turn… Are you excited?

Secret #1: Succulents love the sun. But…

3 Top Secrets to Growing Succulents Like a Pro!
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Sun, sun, sun! Always remember to keep your succulents in a sunny spot for at least 4-5 hours per day. Usually, the majority of the varieties appreciate being placed in full but indirect sun, either indoors or outdoors.

Succulents love the sun, which is one of the essential components of their healthy growth. However, too much sun can also harm them, causing dry and patchy black spots.

Different succulents have different sun tolerance, but most of them will suffer in temperatures higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

After unfortunately burning a few of my little plants, I have learned that It’s possible to prevent sunburns by simply putting the pots in the shade during the hottest hours or if they are too heavy to move by covering them with an umbrella or a sunblock shade cloth.

You can do it too and save your succulents from getting unattractive black spots!

Secret #2: Watering with care – The ‘Soak and Dry’ Method

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If you are a succulent lover, you probably already know that succulents and cacti need very little water and are capable of going for long periods of time without water.

This is because their leaves and roots have the ability to store water for surviving in extreme weather conditions, giving them a more swollen or fleshy appearance than other plants, a characteristic known as succulence.

Watering succulents is much different than watering any other type of plant. Most species of flora need to be watered every day or every few days, but succulents don’t need watering so frequently. As a general rule of thumb, succulents may go without water for a  couple of weeks up to a month.

In my experience, the best strategy, for both indoors and outdoors plants, is the “soak and dry” method and it’s very easy to do.

You want to water the soil until it is completely soaked and wait until it’s totally dried out before watering again (this may depend on your location and container). It’s also important to keep the succulents in well-draining soil in a pot with a drainage hole.

Try and see… I’m sure you’ll have great results with this tip and your succulents will thank you!

Secret #3: The importance of using the right Pot and Soil

Top 3 secrets to growing succulents like a pro!
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Choosing the right pot for your succulents can be quite tricky. Terracotta or plastic? Well, I find that a terracotta or clay pot with drainage holes helps reduce the risk of overwatering and consequent roots rot. These types of containers provide a healthy environment for most plants because the porosity of the material allows air and moisture to penetrate the sides of the pot.

And now let’s talk about the right soil.

Unlike other plants, succulents prefer well-draining soil which can drain water out as quickly as it can soak it up. This type of soil mix contains the right balance of organic and inorganic materials and is formulated with larger particles than common potting soils.

This will allow for better drainage and less water retention. It will also help to prevent soil compaction, which allows better airflow around the succulents’ roots. Using a well-draining soil mix is crucial to prevent the roots from becoming oversaturated with moisture, which will eventually cause root rot.

So, in my experience terracotta or clay pots filled with well-draining soil is the way to go. If you are currently using plastic pots and notice your plants are not thriving well, try this tip and you’ll see they’ll get healthy and beautiful in no time!

Thanks for reading! Hope you found this freebie informative and useful.

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