If your friends consider you forgetful or a bit scatterbrained, succulents are without a doubt the plant for you. They are ridiculously low maintenance. You can pretty much think of them as the chill girlfriend of the flower world. Not only that, if you’ve ever seen an IKEA ad, you’ve probably seen the power succulents have on a room’s entire look and feel. With little to no effort and a minimal amount of succulent care, they can add a much-needed layer of texture, color, and shape to any room.
Types of Succulents
Succulents also have heaps of versatility. Want a flowering succulent with a one-of-kind shape? No problem. What about a tiny heart-shaped succulent that you can put in a teacup to add a little green and a lot of cuteness to your kitchen? Easy peasy. Or perhaps you want a hanging birdcage filled with multi-colored succulents to wow your guests? Again, no sweat. Succulents come in almost every color, shape, and size. If you can dream it, you can probably do it with succulents.
Before we move any further, we need to clear up some confusion on the issue of succulents. Yes, cactuses are a type of succulent, but not all succulents are cactuses. Generally speaking, succulents are sun-loving plants with thick, water-storing leaves and stems. The most common succulents are agave (tequila shot, anyone?), yuccas, sedum, and aloe.
Now that we cleared that up let’s delve into some of the symbolism and facts behind succulents. It’ll arm you with some newfound knowledge to wow the guests at your next party or get-together.
In general, succulents represent enduring and timeless love, which is unsurprising considering their strong physical makeup that makes it possible for them to strive in arid deserts. As for cactuses more specifically, they carry a lot of different meanings, including:
- Lust between two people
- Protection from danger
- Warmth and care
Succulents: Fun Facts
Here are a few interesting facts worth knowing about succulents:
- Their name derives from the Latin word “succus,” which means juice or sap.
- The wet substance found on most succulent plants, not just aloe leaves, provides protection against sunburns as well as pests and even some diseases.
- There are 60 plant families containing succulents.
- You can use cut succulent leaves to grow new succulents.
- They are a trendy form of jewelry, and they will grow as you wear them.
How to Care for Succulents
Like we said before, indoor succulent care is extremely easy and stress-free compared to other flowers and plants. The main thing you should do is give them an environment that mirrors their native desert environment. Because, needless to say, they’re used to getting lots of sunshine and, like the Backstreet Boys, “they want it that way.” So place your freshly arrived succulents in a room with lots of light and a little bit of heat. Trust us; they’ll thank you for it.
Beyond their undeniably diverse beauty, succulents are famous for being low-maintenance houseplants. And it’s true! Built to withstand moderate to hot climates with dry periods, these hardy little plants can handle your next mini-vacation a lot better than your cat, or even your ferns. Growing succulents indoors is a win-win for your mental health – they look amazing, and they won’t stress you out.
Still, succulents do need SOME water. They’re plants, after all! And while watering succulents indoors isn’t a complex process, it’s still vital to incorporate proper succulent care into your routine so those otherworldly little guys can keep brightening your day for as long as possible.
How Much Water Do Succulents Actually Need?
The short answer: It depends. But as a general rule of thumb, succulents need periodic soil-soaking to ensure healthy roots and leaves. There’s no real magic amount of water you can give in perfectly measured doses. But hey – that’s what makes these plants so great for indoor gardeners! They go with the flow, to a point.
The important thing when growing succulents indoors is to find a balance between underwatering and over-watering, because overly-soaked soil can lead to root rot. The best way to avoid this is to let your succulents’ soil dry out completely between waterings.
One last succulent care pro tip: Unless you’re caring for a baby plant, you probably won’t need to mist the plant itself. Just give the soil a good dowsing between dryings. For a moderately-sized plant, that’s usually every 7 to 10 days.
Watering Indoor Succulents: A-Z
- Keep your plants in sunlight for 6 to 8 hours per day. (During the summer, about dawn to noon is the perfect amount of time.) Contrary to popular belief, some species of succulent can actually get a “sunburn” if you blast them with direct sunlight for extended periods of time, so make sure to do your research on your chosen types.
- Every 7 to 10 days, check your succulent’s soil. When it’s completely dry, pour water directly into the soil – enough to completely wet it.
- If the soil seems to be taking excessively long to dry, or seems perpetually soaking, you may have your plant in a spot that’s too shaded. Check for signs of overwatering (drooping plant, spots on leaves, root rot) and consider moving your plant to a sunnier spot where evaporation is more likely.
Emergency Care for a Thirsty Succulent
As the above shows, watering succulents indoors isn’t hard if you have the right intel. But even the most seasoned gardeners know that indoor succulent care has its occasional hiccups. The good news is, if you catch underwatering early enough, all’s not lost. You just have to know the signs!
If the upper leaves or tips of your succulent are turning brown or shriveling, you may not be giving it enough water. Here’s how you can revive it:
- Try misting your plant directly for about 1 to 5 days. This way you won’t shock the plant with too much water at once, which can be dangerous for a dried-out succulent. You just want to get its feet – er, leaves? – wet.
- After the misting stage, begin watering the soil in small doses every few days.
- Gradually return to a normal watering schedule of soil-soaking every 7 to 10 days.
Choose Indoor Succulents Wisely
Succulent care starts off by choosing which succulents you want blooming in your house. These plants come in a variety of vibrant colors from red to purple and orange. While each color provides its own beauty and energy, brighter colored succulents are also a lot more temperamental with the elements. For beginner indoor succulent care, we recommend choosing green.
Direct Sunlight is Key
The trickiest part of caring for indoor succulents is getting them the right amount of sunlight. These desert native plants are used to soaking up sunlight all day to thrive, so keeping them in direct sunlight indoors is a key to keeping them vibrant and lively. Make sure you place your Bouq of succulents close to a window where sunlight shines through the majority of the day.
If your succulent needs more sunlight you’ll be able to tell by the way it grows. As indoor succulents yearn for sunlight, the leaves and stems will start to curve and reach toward the sunlight in your house. Be mindful of the look of your succulent’s leaves. In the warmer seasons, your plant can get sunburned if placed too close to the window.
If your succulent is part of a bouquet, however, it’s okay to keep the Bouq away from direct sunlight, but if you do happen to remove it to put into an individual planter, be sure to position it somewhere sunny. Wherever you decide to put it, just make sure to keep it away from kids if it’s prickly. You don’t want to have to get the tweezers out!
Choose the Right Container
A very common mistake new indoor succulent owners make is planting their succulent in a container that will easily cause it to wilt and die. Glass containers and vessels without a drainage hole will cause your succulent to quickly wilt. Succulents do not like to sit in damp soil. A pot with a drainage hole is the perfect vessel for this plant. Succulents thrive off of proper airflow and having the right container will guarantee healthy roots, leaves, and stems.
Use the Correct Soil
While regular plant soil may be your first choice, your indoor succulents will thank you for choosing well-draining soil. Succulent and cactus draining soil is the perfect soil when planting a new succulent. This soil will help prevent root rot and will lessen the chance of you overwatering your plant. Make sure to pair good draining soil with a proper draining container when planting your indoor succulents.
There you have it, folks – the ultimate guide to growing and water succulents indoors. Now get to it! And don’t forget to stock up on sustainable, farm-to-table plants with The Bouqs Co.!
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