Tips for Indoor Succulents

indoor succulents

Following up on our first "how to" on the basics of succulents, we're now going to dive into the details of indoor care! Once you have successfully potted your new friend (with appropriate drainage and soil) and given him his first water, it's time to determine his new habitat.   

When raising young seedlings, succulents they are typically farmed outdoors in arid climates and only brought into either a green house or indoors during harsh winter months. That being sad, it is possible to keep your succulent indoors during it's lifespan which makes them excellent apartment plants. As we touched on previously, they thrive in bright indirect sunlight. Near your south or west-facing window is a prime spot! 

If this bright indirect sunlight isn't an option for you, succulents can indeed grow with artificial light. If you chose to go this route make sure to use cool white bulbs, and do not place your plants closer than 12 inches to your bulb. With indoor lighting the succulents should be exposed for about 12 hours per day. Like we said these guys love light!

If you really want to give your little plants the perfect climate, succulents thrive if your home's humidity level is roughly between 10-30%. You can buy an affordable reader for about $9 at any big box store. These hygrometers are nifty little tools that also measure indoor and outdoor temperatures making them a pretty pragmatic investment. 

Keeping your plants indoors eliminates many pest related problems, but there still are some home dwelling creatures to keep an eye out for. Mealybugs and scales are common with indoor plants, to prevent damage try soaking a cotton ball in alcohol and gently rubbing your plant's leaves. Other insects like spider mites might need specific insecticide sprays. Nontoxic, eco-friendly brands can be found at health food stores and nurseries. 

Overall succulents are hearty plants that do not require much attention. Insuring proper lighting and watering are the most important things you can do to ensure your new plants lasts. If you have questions about any of the things mentioned or anything succulent related our florists are more than happy to chat with you! Happy home gardening! 

Neighborhood Spotlight | Salumeria

We sat down with Anika Alhberg, manager and buyer at Salumeria in the heart of The Mission. Fancy charcuterie, preserves, and ciabatta rolls? Keep on reading...

On the corner of Florida and 20th sits this acclaimed delicatessen, run by the Ne Timeas Group, all lead by Chef Thomas McNaughton. Chef McNaughton is the creator of both Central Kitchen and Flour + Water, and originally opened this delightfully earthy deli to serve as larder to both restaurants. Now holding its own, Salumeria has its fair share of both missionites and food tourists alike filling up their tables. 

With a focus on high quality meats and cheeses, the marketplace's primary focus is to remain local. Anika notes "local is such a buzzword at the moment" but emphasizes its importance as seeing it from the other end. "...having real communication with the people who make your food is truly special" The team here realizes it's not only in vogue, but understands the importance of fostering these relationships to get the freshest, tastiest foods from all over Northern California. 

Once cast behind the scenes, Anika's fellow manager and head butcher has become front and center. Upon entering, you cannot miss his post with almost half of the shops real estate belonging to him. In keeping the tradition of an old world deli shop, any cut of meat is hand cut and wrapped up beautifully. Beautiful enough to not want to unwrap. Ever. 

Now comes the million dollar question. Anika is indeed a veteran, having been with Salumeria for almost three years and in the restaurant biz over ten. Her favorite thing on the menu is, drum roll...anything on a pretzel bun! As many Salumeria-goers agree you cannot go wrong with a sandwich here, and anything on a pretzel bun makes it that much better. She also gives local Oakland based In a Jam a convincing endorsement, naming nectarine and Hungarian pepper flavors of choice. 

In between domestic wine and an impressive selection of pasta and oils sits our MdF stand. Anika explains it's customer's natural behavior to seek out flowers when buying food. "..Eating and restaurant go-ing is such sensory experience, having something beautiful, living and natural surrounding you is a part of that." We couldn't agree more, adding fresh blooms to the table after picking up fresh mortadella and and a nutty fontina can't possible get any better. To learn more about Salumeria or any of the restaurants in the Ne Timeas Group visit http://www.netimeas.com/. 

Succulents for Beginners

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You asked and we answered! The first in our succulent series, we are here to give you the run down on how to take care of your newest plant baby. 

Known for being rather resilient, succulents are a great starter plant, especially for those with hardly a green thumb.

Most succulents are in the Aizoaceae or Cactaceae family, meaning they thrive in hot arid climates and require little precipitation. Mother Nature has given them the power to store water in their leaves, this is what gives them their swollen fleshy appearance we have come to love! 

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The key to keep your little guy alive and thriving is to ensure proper drainage. They can virtually live in any type of container, you can get creative here, anything from a teacup to decorative enamelware will work. If your container of choice does not have holes in the bottom, a bed of pebbles will do the trick. Simply place small pebbles as the first layer under your soil to irrigate. One thing to note, succulents have smaller roots so if you chose to use a larger container be sure to add filler soil to keep the roots snug and covered. 

As mentioned, succulents span over different plant families, that being said, not every type of succulent is indeed a cacti and can tolerate excessively hot temperatures. As a general rule of thumb do not place him (or her) in direct sunlight. This can burn the leaves, and end up of unfortunately killing your new plant.  Your succulent will appreciate bright sunlight, anywhere near a window will do, just not ON your sill if your home gets a lot of light.  

Watering is pretty simple. When bringing your plant home, check to see how much moisture is in the soil. Succulents like to thoroughly dry out in between waterings. All it takes is a quick check with your finger, once completely dry don't be afraid to give them a good water- this is where your bed of pebbles come in! 

Many people wonder if fertilizer is necessary. Because of their heartiness, fertilizer isn't a necessity. But if you chose to, once a month will do. 

For any questions on plant care feel free to reach out to us at flowers@missiondeflores.com or swing by one of our shops! We're here to ensure your new flora lives a long happy life! 

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