Thursday, March 12, 2015

5 Things I Learned Caring for Succulents

Confession: I have a black thumb.
I have been trying for years to get better with plants, but my thumb is still not very green. Fortunately though I learned a few tricks and have been keeping quite a few of my last batch of succulents alive.
I just love plants and think they add so much life to a space. Not only do they add to the air quality of an apartment but they make a space feel much more homey and cozy to me.  Here are the tricks I have learned and have been using on my current survivors.

1. Proper Drainage is absolutely key to survival.  Make sure you use a flower pot with a hole in the bottom to drain out the excess water.  Without the drainage your poor little plants may suffer from root rot which there is no coming back from.
 2. Put Rocks in the bottom of each pot.  These rocks are again to help with drainage.  Put a handful of these in the bottom of your pot and it will help to keep your succulents from getting over watered. Over watering is the number one killer of succulents.
I use these by Growstone.
I use a small handful per pot.
I fill 1/3 of the pot with the stones then I place the soil on top of the stones.
 3. Use special Cactus and Succulent soil!!! This specialty soil is really important. If you cannot get your hands on this stuff you can always mix a lot of sand into the potting soil you have.  That can work but not as good as this specially designed soil. Again its all about drainage and not over watering your little succulent friends.

4.  Water Succulents infrequently and make sure the soil is completely dry between waterings.  I add the tiniest drop of water once a week to my plants but only if  soil is completely dry to the touch. If I had to estimate how much water I give to each plant I would guess 1-2 Tablespoons of water.

5. Succulents need Lots of Light.  These little guys need a lot of sun light which can be very tricky in a apartment with no south facing windows.  We have a grow light in the kitchen for our hydroponic garden and most of my succulents seem to like living under that. (I will post pictures of the hydroponic garden in an upcoming post)

I feel pretty accomplished keeping these little dudes alive and I think my next challenge will be cactus! I hope to order some cacti soon.
I feel like the pictures below look like little succulent headshots,
so I'm going to give each one a name.  I would like to introduce you to....
Linus
Patricia
Maxwell
 and Claude
Do you name your plants? A friend of mine swears by it. Claims you will take better care of something if you know its name. I always wonder if that is the case.
Sincerely,
megan

6 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to get succulents as they're so much easier to take care of than regular plants, so I really enjoyed this post! Totally agree that a little "greenery" in your home adds to that home-y, cozy feel. The pots you use are so cute, I love that coffee cup one. Ha, the idea of naming your plants is awesome; I can definitely see how that would create a bond somehow. :) Also. great photos!

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  2. Kie,
    People claim that succulents are un-killable and much easier to care for but I did not find that to be the case. Again Black thumb over here haha. You should definitely get some succulents when you get the chance they are just so adorable.
    Thank you for the photo compliment.:) I really appreciate it. ~megan

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  3. Succulents are so cute!! I love how petit and chic they look. So funny you named them, i think your friend its right !!

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    1. I am giving the names a try. See if it improves my black thumb. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. ~megan

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  4. They are so so cute!! Our cats are just so terrible for killing anything that I try to grow :(

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    1. Holly,
      Cats are such troublemakers aren't they? Luckily my two little ladies do not seem interested in plants but they get into lots of other trouble. Thank you so much for your comment! ~megan

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