Here’s How You Can Successfully Take Care of Succulents

These plants are surprisingly not so low maintenance. 
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It seems as if succulents have sprouted everywhere in recent years. Succulents may seem like the ultimate low-maintenance plants, however, caring for them might be a little harder than you think. If you are planning to purchase these plants or are failing to take care of your current ones, read below to learn how to properly care for them. 

Do Your Research

Succulents can thrive outside in full sunlight or inside sitting on a desk, it all depends on the kind of succulent you have. Some require weekly or bi-weekly watering, indirect or direct sunlight, or space to grow. It’s important to research the specific kind of succulent you have so that you know exactly how to care for it.   

Beat the Heat

Most succulents enjoy bright sunlight, however, it’s important not to confuse light for heat. No matter what kind of plant you have, direct and constant exposure to Hawaii’s heat and humidity can be detrimental. By trial and error, you will learn what’s best for your succulent. Sometimes they’ll flourish outside in the sun, while other times they may need a break from the spotlight.  

Avoid Overwatering

Overwatering is one of the biggest issues when it comes to plants. Every type of succulent has different needs — which could be daily, weekly or even monthly watering — so create a watering schedule based on what plants you have at home.  

Find the Perfect Pot

When it comes to succulents, porous pots work best because they can absorb excess water. Be sure to look for a pot with a good drainage system. This could be a pot that has a hole in the bottom with a dish to catch water that flows out. Another option is to keep rocks under your soil to create more drainage space.  

Keep It Well-Fed

While succulents don’t need much, they do require fertilizer. A well-balanced organic fertilizer should be used once a year. To jump start its growth, use half the amount you’d regularly use at the beginning of its growing season.  

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