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! 

 

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!