Succulents are making a buzz everywhere in the planet. It is safe to assume that they've taken the world by storm! Sure these plants know how to make a revolution, but like any other trend, we don't know for sure how long the fascination will last...
If you are a newbie to the succulent world - I'm pretty sure you're here for a reason. It's either your succulents are dying or you're planning to get one and don't know where to start. Don't worry we're here to help!
The oft-spouted proclamation that succulents are easy to grow is, in fact, fiction. Sure, it can be easy, but it requires a bit of a mental adjustment. Get into the desert mindset. Imagine unrelenting sun, monsoon-like down pours, and the boomerang temperature changes that characterize the desert’s days — and you might have a little more luck.
Here are five of the most common mistakes succulent newbies are making, and how to get those beauties to thrive.
1. Putting Them in a Poorly Lit Area
Just like any other plant, succulents need sunlight. They get energy from light through a process called photosynthesis. This is how light affects the growth of a plant. Without light, a plant would not be able to produce the energy it needs to grow. Putting them in a poorly lit area will inhibit their growth.
2. Not Watering Them Enough
All living things need water. Plants need it as much as we do. Water helps by transporting important nutrients through the plant. Nutrients are drawn from the soil and used by the plant. Without enough water in the cells, the plants droop, sowater helps a plant stand. Water helps deliver the sugar and nutrients throughout the plant.
3. Using a Standard Potting Soil
Succulents need a special mixture of potting soil in order for them to thrive. A main ingredient of any potting mix for succulents will be organic matter. Peat moss, which is the main ingredient in most potting soils, is hard to wet and dries out quickly. By adding a little finely ground bark, water will penetrate more quickly. For home-made mixes, a great substitute for peat moss is coir, which is fibrous shredded coconut husks and is very slow to decompose. Unlike peat, coir is easy to wet when it becomes dried out. Compost can be used as well, though it decomposes very quickly.
4. Crowding Plants Closely
When planting succulents close together, they may grow more slowly so they maintain the original design of the arrangement better. It can be trickier to water them when they are close together. But, especially if you're designing the arrangement as a gift or for an event, this is really great way to plant your succulents.
5. Growing Unrealistic Varieties
There are succulents that just cannot be tamed. No matter how hard you try to grow the wild ones indoors, they will not be happy. There are just succulents that are not meant to be kept indoors or vice versa.