Succulent houseplants are a popular choice for people who love indoor plants but want something low-maintenance. These plants are also ideal for those who do not have a lot of time to devote to plant care. Here is a handy little care guide for generalised succulent houseplants to help you keep your plants healthy and thriving!
1. Watering: Succulents are known for their ability to retain water, which means they do not need to be watered frequently. Water succulents whenever the soil is bone dry. It’s better to under-water than over-water, as they are susceptible to root rot. Water less often in the winter, as the plants’ growth slows down during this season.
2. Sunlight: Succulents thrive in bright light or direct sunlight. Make sure to place them near a window that gets at least six hours of sunshine each day. If the plants are not receiving enough light, they can start to die back.
3. Temperature: Succulents prefer warmer temperatures and can be sensitive to freezing temperatures. They are also sensitive to temperature fluctuations, so try to keep them in a consistent environment.
4. Soil: Succulents require soil that is well-draining. A soil mix specifically designed for cactus or succulent plants will work well. Our succulent and cacti soil is all about drainage, root health, and root protection to allow your plant to grow optimally.
5. Fertilizing: Succulent houseplants do not need to be fertilized as often as other types of plants. You can fertilize them during the growing season, which is usually during the summer months. Use a fertilizer that is specifically designed for cactus or succulent plants.
6. Repotting: Repot succulent houseplants when they outgrow their current container or when the soil becomes compacted. Choose a container that is slightly larger than the current one and ensure that the new pot has drainage holes. Check out our repotting kits to learn more about houseplant repotting.
7. Pests and Diseases: Succulent houseplants can be susceptible to pests like mealybugs and scale insects. Inspect your plants regularly for any signs of infestation, and treat them immediately with our Leaf Potion No. 9 or an indoor plant insecticide. Overwatering can also lead to root rot, so be sure to follow the watering guidelines mentioned above.
In summary, with proper care, succulent houseplants can thrive in various indoor environments. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your plants will remain healthy and beautiful for a long time. If you ever have any questions about succulent houseplant care, feel free to message us and we will help you out.