Succulents are en vogue like never before. And why not? They’re beautiful, varied, drought resistant, and low maintenance. Best of all, they add an element of the outdoors to the inside of your home. Take advantage of this trend by adding a succulent garden to your apartment. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Tips for Taking Care of Your Succulents
Best Succulents for an Indoor Garden
While there are a variety of succulents and cacti to choose from when crafting your succulent garden, some are easier to care for than others – which is great to know when you are just getting started. Take yourself to North Park Nursery and be on the lookout for these five plants:
- Aloe Vera - Aloe barbadensis
- Bunny Ears – Opuntia microdasys
- Burro’s Tail – Sedum morganium
- Hens-and-Chicks – Sempervivum tectorum or Echeveria elegans
- Panda Plant – Kalanchoe tomentosa
Would you rather pick your own? Speak with one of the knowledgeable garden specialists on staff at North Park Nursery. They will be happy to help you select the perfect succulent for your in-home garden.
It Starts with Soil
Okay, you got us. There is no ONE soil method to guarantee the growth of your succulents. Whether you know a seasoned gardener or are browsing blogs on the topic, odds are you will hear different opinions from different sources, most of which will work just fine. The key is to always ensure the proper drainage – succulents hate wet roots! Either purchase soil formulated specifically for succulents or makes your own blend with potting soil and a bed of drainage rocks.
The Right Amount of Water
The number-one thing you need to remember about succulents is that they don’t need to be watered often, but when you do water them, you need to soak them to the point that the excess water seeps from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. While how much and how often you need to water your succulents will vary by the amount of sun they get and the size of the pot, a general rule of thumb is to not water your plants until the soil is completely dry.
Find the Sunny Spot
When growing succulents, it is important to remember that these are desert plants that need six hours of sunlight a day. Keep them in your windowsill or potted outside on your private balcony. Wherever you decide to put them, make sure they see the sun as much as possible during daylight hours.
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