How to Care for Succulents: A Complete Beginner Guide

How to Care for Succulents-A Complete Beginner Guide

Succulents are a family of drought-resistant plants that store water in their leaves, stems or roots. Adding succulents to your house helps keep your fresh air and remove toxins from the environment. This article is going to be a complete beginner guide on how to care for succulents, I’m going to share with you 13 quick beginner tips on planting and caring for succulents.

Choose a Healthy Succulent

Don’t buy a succulent that is etiolated, infested with pests, has soggy and dry leaves or is basically unhealthy looking. You want to start your collection by choosing healthy succulents with nice color, form and shape. This is why it is important to choose your trusted seller when buying online and to carefully check the succulent when buying on a local garden store.

Choose a Pot with Drainage Hole

Drainage holes in plants pot

Succulents in pots without drainage holes are prone to become overwatered. Waterlogged can result in root rot which is a condition that can kill your succulents easily. Drainage holes allow water in the soil to drain freely so that air exchange will be available for the roots. The best type of pot is clay or terracotta since it also allows moisture and air exchange in its wall.

Use a Soil Specifically Blended for Cactus and Succulents

soil mix for indoor plants

Unlike other plants, succulents are quite picky and choosy with their soil. A suitable soil mix should be well-draining, able to hold the right moisture and nutrients, provide enough air channel to allow the roots to breathe, and doesn’t contain excessive fertilizers.

Don’t Water Your Succulent After Repotting

watering houseplants

This one is a common mistake that beginners make. Unlike other plants that require water right after transplanting, succulents  on the other hand will benefit if watering is postponed for a week. This will allow the cuts in the roots and stems of the succulent to have enough time to heal and be callous since opened wounds can cause bacterial rots.

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