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Repotting Succulents: 4 Important Steps You Should Follow

Succulents, as many believed, are some of the easiest plants to care for. They can thrive under many conditions, take a lot of neglect, and are very hardy plants. However, repotting succulents can sound intimidating, especially for beginners. 

Below you will find our straightforward guide on repotting succulents successfully and some tips and tricks for a smooth repotting.

Why should you repot your succulents?

There are several reasons why repotting your succulent plant, and any plant in general, needs to happen from time to time. Here are some of them:

Your succulent plant is outgrowing its pot.

Succulents, just like any plant, need room to grow. So, when your beautiful succulent plant appears to be outgrowing its current pot, it’s time to transfer it to a slightly bigger pot. 

You can quickly tell when the plant is outgrowing its current pot:

• You see its roots growing out of the drainage hole of the pot or planter

• It looks squished in its current pot

Your succulent plant dries quicker after watering.

If you notice your succulent plant seems to dry out quicker after watering it, and when you find yourself watering it more frequently, it may be a sign that you need to repot. Your pot may be cramped hence, not allowing water to flow around the plant freely.

When your plant does not absorb water, this is due to the pot being too small. This is another sign that tells you it’s time to repot. If your pot is too cramped, it can cause stress to your plant’s roots preventing them from absorbing water. Find a larger pot when this happens.

You bought a new succulent plant.

Succulents from local nurseries come pre-potted in small plastic (ugly) containers. Understandably, you’d want to transfer your plant to a pot that’s better-looking (aka one that follows the theme of your indoor garden, of course!). These small plastic pots also prevent the healthy growth of your plant. So, aesthetics aside, you need to repot a newly bought plant within a week (no more than two weeks) in a potting medium that will provide maximum nourishment to your plant.

Your succulent plant looks sick or unhealthy.

When you notice that their plump, fleshy leaves suddenly become soft, squishy, or yellowing, quickly inspect for possible plant pests and diseases like root rot. If there are no problems with their leaves, gently remove the plant from the pot and examine the roots. If there are dead or ill-looking roots, cut them away, then plant them in a new pot with fresh soil.

Your succulent plant has become top-heavy. 

When your plant starts to lean or topple over, it’s the plant’s way of letting you know that the top has become top-heavy. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs a new pot. It may just need a heavier pot to keep it from falling over.

You see offsets or baby succulents.

Some succulents will grow offsets or pups (which is exciting!). When you see these pups (milestone unlocked), separate them from the mother plant and begin the propagation process.

How often should you repot?

Ideally, most plants should be repotted between 12-18 months. However, there are exceptions because all plants grow at different paces, and some may mature out of their current pots quicker than others. Some succulent plants could even spend several years in their current pot before it requires a bigger one.

Nevertheless, even if it’s not yet time to repot, it’s a good idea to change the old soil from time to time. New soil has a lot of critical nourishment that your succulent needs to thrive.

Rule of thumb: If the soil looks old, change it.

Early spring to early fall is the growing season for most indoor succulents, and this is the best time to repot your succulents. Energize them with the right amount of water and nutrient-rich soil to grow healthy.

Important things to remember: Repotting during the plant’s dormancy is a big NO. You risk disrupting their growing cycle if you repot during this period, and you could also harm your succulents. 

Also, never repot a when a succulent is flowering. Repotting during this time may stop the blooming process, and the flower may fall off the plant. You wouldn’t want to miss the beautiful display of flowers, would you?

Preparing to repot

Before repotting, ensure your plant is hydrated to provide moisture, which is very important to successfully repot your plant. Before repotting, water your plant a day or two prior. 

Obviously, you’d need a new pot. But keep in mind the following when choosing a new pot for your previous succulent:

• The pot must be bigger than the current pot and not more. Too much space in the pot can hinder your plant’s growth and invite diseases.

• Ensure drainage holes at the pot’s bottom for excess water to flow.

• Of course, the new pot should be trendy enough to elevate the look and feel of your indoor garden.

Next, you’d need new soil. New soil means new and fresh nutrients, which your plant needs to grow and thrive. Like people, our treasured plants also need nourishment to thrive.

A small shovel, aka trowel. Use a trowel carefully when removing your succulent plant from its current pot. For more miniature succulents, you can use metal tweezers to help you carefully plant them.

Coffee filters. Use coffee filters to cover the drainage hole instead of other more expensive materials used as a filter.

A step-by-step guide to successfully repot your succulents

The fun part begins. As mentioned above, part of the prep work is to ensure the soil’s moisture. If it’s a bit dry, you can spray a bit of water to keep it moist.

Step 1. Extract the plant from the old pot

We promise this is the most challenging and daunting part of the repotting process. To begin, turn the plant sideways, then carefully grab the plant at the base of the stem. Tap the bottom of the pot and shake it a little bit. If your plant is stubborn, give it light pulls until it loosens. You can also carefully poke through the drainage holes using sticks to loosen the soil more.

If you feel there is no safe way to remove the plant from its old pot, you might need to break it. Use a hammer and hit the pot to break it.

Step 2. Clean and dry the roots

After extracting your plant from its old pot, check the succulent roots for tangles and knots. Try to gently loosen them with your hands and remove as much soil as possible. You can also give them a little trim but do it cautiously and calmly. It’s okay if you accidentally tear or cut some of them in the process. Your succulent plant can take it. 

If you choose to clean the roots using fresh water, let them dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

Step 3. Plant in a new pot and potting mix

Fill the new succulent pot with two-thirds of the fresh potting mix. Place your succulent in the middle of the pot and add more soil to cover the roots. Ensure the leaves are above the soil to prevent rotting. Ensure enough water drainage in the new pot.

Here are some of our recommended succulent soil mixtures:

Step 4. Water your succulent

After repotting, you need to water your repotted succulent well by giving it more water than usual. With the new soil, water will first drain through the entire pot. Give it a good drench to allow it to absorb some of the water in its new environment. 

Congratulations! You have repotted your precious succulent plant successfully.

Succulent repotting is not tricky. Do not be afraid to experiment and have fun choosing funky pots for your new plant. As long as you follow our step-by-step guide, you can transfer your healthy succulents to their new home with no problems. Good luck!

Indoor Succulent Care: 28 Important Tips For Your Purple Succulent

If you’ve come to this article, you likely have a purple succulent and want help identifying it – or you’re trying to learn about the care needs of your specific purple succulent. We’ll help with both in this article and even give you some info now on how and why your succulent got its nifty purplish hue.

What Makes A Succulent Purple?

Have you ever wondered why your succulent has a purple coloring? Well, it all comes down to nature’s palette – anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are like the paintbox of the plant world, and they’re responsible for all the red, purple, and blue tones we see in many fruits, flowers, and, yes – succulents too! These natural pigments are in plant cells, ready to dazzle us when the time is right.

But what tells the plant when and how much purple to show off? It’s all in the genes, my green-thumbed friends! There are certain genes that act like artists, mixing and dabbing to produce different types and amounts of anthocyanins.

And, like all genes, they can be passed down from parent plants to their babies, so that purple beauty can run in the family.

What Is Purple Succulent?

Purple Succulents are generally a subspecies of some green-leafed variants. They can get their purple color out of stress-induced color transformation. The most popular purple succulent species is the Echeveria variant. They are also referred to as the Purple Heart or Purple Beauty. 

Some green succulents may have a tinge of purple in their leaves. These plants change their colors due to stress caused by light, water, or temperature. 

Considered a perennial, these plants grow well indoors near an east or west-facing window. They’re typically known for their gorgeous color, making them truly stunning houseplants.

Most purple succulents can also be raised outdoors in certain climates, ideally in hardiness zones 9-11.

Succulents Vs. Cacti

In nurseries, succulents and cacti are frequently mixed, which might surprise or confuse people when one turns out to be the other as it grows. You must remember that cacti, a subgroup of the succulent group, typically have a hairy or prickly exterior.

Origin And Family

These lovely succulents may be found in South Africa and Central and South America’s deserts, mountains, and rainforests. 

Christopher Columbus supposedly initially identified this intriguing plant in the 15th century. He was credited as one of the first explorers to bring a cactus plant to Spain and presented it to Queen Isabella. After his discovery, explorer Vasco De Gama was credited for finding succulents throughout Southwest Africa and India. 

Decades and many expeditions later, new variations and species were discovered, and collection and cultivation became rampant. Several succulents and cacti are on the verge of extinction because of habitat destruction and poaching. The Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has restricted the collection of some of them (CITES). 

Fortunately, over time, methods for growing, cultivating, and caring for these intriguing plants have been developed to help protect and conserve these plants.

Where To Buy

A purple succulent is a beautiful addition to any plant lover’s collection and can be purchased online from Etsy. We usually get excellent plant options and deals there too!

In terms of pricing, you can buy a Purple Succulent for affordable prices between $5 to $20.

Purple Succulent Plant Size

Indoors, a purple succulent can reach a height of up to 12 inches and a width of 6-10 inches. These plants grow fast and beautifully thrive when placed near an east or west-facing window. That said, they can typically handle a little more or less light and are typically very versatile.

Purple Succulent Care Needs

Most plants are easy to grow with the proper care, including purple succulents. Hardy, these gorgeous plants can survive a wide range of conditions, except frost or cold climates, and they prefer humidity and dry soil.

During cold climates or in the winter months, it is recommended to cover these plants with sheets until the winter spell passes through.

When watering your purple succulent, give it a drink when the soil is dry to the touch. Like most plants, you want good drainage holes in your plastic, terracotta, or clay pot.

Read on for more Purple Succulent details.

Care Difficulty

With their light, water, and humidity needs, these succulents are typically considered easy to care for. To grow this plant efficiently, you’ll need to be precise about the amount of light and well-draining soil.

Growth Rate

When grown indoors, these plants grow to a height of up to 12 inches, and it grows the fastest during spring and early summer.

Potting

We recommend using a medium-sized potting container. The majority of materials, including plastic, terracotta, and clay, will perform flawlessly.

Purple succulents are prone to root rot, like other succulents (and really, most houseplants). Make sure the pot has ample drainage holes.

Repotting

Purple Succulent typically needs to be repotted every two years at the beginning of its growing season or when you see its roots pushing out of the drainage holes. When this takes place, carefully remove the plant from its container while making sure not to disturb the roots. The plant can then be moved to a larger pot. When planted on the same substrate as before, the roots will adapt more quickly.

Soil

Cacti and citrus potting soil is the recommended option for purple succulents. To make your soil mix, use components such as perlite, pumice, coarse sand, pine bark, rinsed gravel, or coco coir. Adjust the ratio accordingly, making sure that the final mixture is well-aerated. Remember that this plant prefers a growing medium that stays dry.

The soil type should always support good drainage to avoid rot and other diseases. We suggest choosing potting mixes such as the following:

Photo Title Price Buy
Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting...image Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Mix 6 qt., Grows beautiful Houseplants, 2-Pack $13.37 ($0.03 / Ounce)
Burpee, 9 Quarts...image Burpee, 9 Quarts | Premium Organic Potting Natural Soil Mix Food Ideal for Container Garden-Vegetable, Flower & Herb Use for Indoor Outdoor Plant $12.99 ($0.04 / Ounce)
Sun Gro Horticulture...image Sun Gro Horticulture 8-Quart Black Gold 1310102 Purpose Potting Soil With Control, Brown/A $16.28 ($0.06 / Fl Oz)
Miracle-Gro Potting Mix,...image Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, Potting Soil for Outdoor and Indoor Plants, Enriched with Plant Food, 2 cu. ft. $34.26
FoxFarm Ocean Forest...image FoxFarm Ocean Forest Potting Soil Mix Indoor Outdoor for Garden and Plants | Plant Fertilizer | 12 Quarts | The Hydroponic City Stake $23.99 ($0.06 / Fl Oz)

pH

A soil pH of roughly 5.5-6.5, which is acidic, is ideal for this gorgeous succulent plant. If you’re concerned about the soil’s acidity, you can purchase a simple pH meter device to gauge it.

To reduce pH levels, use sulfur or aluminum sulfate. Otherwise, use baking soda, calcitic or dolomitic lime, or wood ash to increase pH levels.

Water

Purple Succulent plants require regular watering. Overwatering increases the risk of illnesses such as root rot. Watering too little might cause your plant’s roots to dry out, especially on hot days. In general, these plants should be grown in a dry medium.

There is an easy technique to tell if your plant needs to be watered. Push a wooden skewer or a pencil into the pot to examine if moist, muddy soil still adheres to it. Alternatively, you may simply use your finger to feel for dampness. When the soil is dry, it’s time to water your plant.

A porous pot with drainage holes and aerated, chunky soil mix can help eliminate excess moisture. 

Avoid wetting the leaves. Instead, soak the soil directly and allow excess water to drain through the pores on the bottom. Do not mist these plants as excessive moisture can cause moldy leaves and root rot. 

You can try watering these plants from the bottom. Place your succulent pot in a pan and let water seep through the soil. When the top of the soil is damp, remove it from the pan.

Light

This houseplant prefers bright light for approximately six hours a day. Too much light and its leaves will turn yellow and might fall off. Too little light and it may lose its beautiful color. However, this plant can tolerate almost all lighting conditions, from the partial shade and bright sunlight to direct sunlight; this plant can thrive as long as you give it the right temperature and humidity levels.

If you’re worried that your Purple Succulent isn’t receiving enough light, consider moving it near a window or utilizing artificial lighting. Here are some basic ideas to consider:

Fertilizer

Many indoor growers make the mistake of forgetting to fertilize. They believe that water and bright light are both important providers of nutrition. However, the nutrients in the soil are equally as important to the general health of your plant.

In the spring and summer, feed your plant once a month. Your plant will benefit from a water-soluble fertilizer. If you’re using a more concentrated fertilizer, dilute it first.

There’s no need to fertilize throughout the colder months.

Propagating Purple Succulent

Reproducing your Purple Succulent can be done with the right propagation method. Below are several options to consider, as well as thorough instructions to guide you.

Cuttings by Leaf Removal

1. Collect a cutting. Remove a few leaves by twisting them gently off the plant.

2. Callus off. Securely set aside the cuttings in any clean container or tray. No water or soil needed

3. Let it sit. After five days, check if calluses have formed on the cut end; calluses protect the exposed end from bacteria. 

4. Grow roots. Wait for them to grow roots in a couple of weeks.

5. Plant. When roots finally form, plant them in the well-draining soil of your choice. We recommend planting them in a sunny spot early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are not too intense.

6. Water and fertilize. Water sparingly the next day and gently press down the soil. You can also fertilize it with succulent fertilizer.

Cuttings by Beheading

Beheading is best recommended for Purple Succulents that have grown too tall and spindly. 

  1. Behead. Cut off the head of the plant from the lengthy stem, leaving about an inch of it attached. Dry it out in a clean container or tray. No watering is needed.
  2. Let sit. After five days, check if calluses have formed on the cut end. Calluses protect the exposed end from bacteria. 
  3. Grow roots. Wait for them to grow roots in a couple of weeks.
  4. Plant. When roots finally form, plant them in the well-draining soil of your choice. We recommend planting them in a sunny spot early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are not too intense.
  5. Water and fertilize. Water sparingly the next day and gently press down the soil. You can also fertilize it with succulent fertilizer.

Division

For the Purple Succulents propagation method known as division, you separate the tropical plant at the roots – making two Purple Succulent plants. 

You can split the stem clusters of your Purple Succulents by following these steps: 

1. Dig it up. Take the plant from its container. The natural divisions are pretty straightforward. 

2. Pull apart. With your fingers, gently separate the Purple Succulents at the root. You may need to use pruners or shears to cut any tangled roots.

3. Repot. Plant each section of the Purple Succulents in new pots filled with the same soil they’re used to.

Humidity And Aeration

Purple Succulent is a stunning plant that loves high humidity. Maintain the humidity level between 60%-70% at all times.

Check the air moisture level in your Purple Succulent area with a simple hygrometer. If the level is too low, the humidity can be increased using the following methods:

• Plants emit moisture from their leaves through transpiration. Keeping houseplants close together will help them.

• Underneath your plant’s pot, place a flat tray of stones and water. The plant receives extra nutrition from the evaporating water.

• Invest in a humidifier for your plants. This continually emits steam and raises the humidity in the room.

Temperature

Like most plants, these purple plants will do best in warm climates. Keep the temperature between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Houseplants can be sensitive to sudden changes in temperature, so ensure you keep your plant away from heat sources like furnaces, vents, hand dryers, and other appliances. Similarly, avoid exposing your plant to chilly winds and frost periods throughout the winter.

Flowers

If you can give the best conditions for your plant and keep it at its happiest, you might be able to see significant pink or red flowers. You must know, however, that most plants generally bloom in an outdoor environment.

Toxic

Unfortunately, Purple Succulents are toxic to pets (including cats and dogs) and humans. If consumed, you can expect the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, or general pain. Most of the time, this plant is not considered hazardous. Other variants are non-toxic, but it’s still best to err caution when you have a purple succulent plant.

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Pests, Diseases, And Other Problems

The Purple Succulent is not resistant to several bugs, issues, and diseases. In the next sections, I’ll lay out some of the common issues for the Purple Succulent, as well as some tips and ways for treating them.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are common pests, particularly among plants. Spider mite damage shows as tiny, brown, or yellow spots on your plant’s leaves at first. You may also observe that your plant has slowed or stopped growing.

First, wash off the lovely rosette of your plants with a pressure sprayer, sink nozzle, or a garden hose to get rid of spider mites. You may also spray the leaves with neem oil or insecticidal soap, but make sure to cover all surfaces, including the undersides!

Of course, natural predators of spider mites such as ladybugs, lacewings, and Stethorus picipes beetles (called the “Spider Mite Destroyer”) can be launched. The spectacular thing about these bugs is that they feed on spider mites while not harming your plant!

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnat larvae eat up plants’ roots, not the fungus gnats themselves. These pests love moisture, and your plant is particularly vulnerable because it favors dry soil.

Fungus gnats are well called for their tendency to bring fungal illnesses to your plant, in addition to draining nutrients from the roots. You may set up yellow sticky traps to detect these bugs’ emergence and catch them as they fly.

Create a cider-vinegar trap to lure gnats by filling a cup halfway with water and apple cider vinegar. To function as an emulsifier, add a few drops of liquid soap. Set the trap near the affected plant and watch the bugs drown!

Scale Insects

Adult scales are stationary and have a waxy covering on their bodies, yet they give birth to incredibly small crawling bugs.

Armored scales may be removed, but it must be done with absolute care using an old ID card or your fingertips. Take care not to tear your Purple Succulent leaves.

To suffocate scale insects, apply insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, or neem oil. Spray your plant with a general insecticide if you observe active crawlers, then repeat the application process after a week. We propose the following products:

Aphids

Aphids are tiny bugs that will eat your plant’s leaves, resulting in brown and black patches.

To treat an infestation, apply insecticidal soap or neem oil. Dish detergent in lower concentrations can also eliminate aphids without damaging your plant. Choose fragrance-free products like Ivory Liquid.

Spray a mixture of one teaspoon dish soap and 1 gallon of water (increasing the ratio as necessary) on your affected plant, especially on the underside of leaves where aphids can usually be found.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs can potentially infest your succulent plant. They leave a white powdery film and discharge honeydew, which creates black sooty mold on the leaves. Mealies-infested plants will have yellow drooping leaves.

Adult mealies can be eliminated using a rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton bud. They die instantly and become orange when touched. Distilled alcohol should be sprayed over the remaining leaves.

Root mealies will burrow themselves and feed on the roots. Add Diatomaceous Earth powder to the soil between watering schedules to dehydrate them. You may also drop small amounts of hydrogen peroxide when watering.

Brown Leaf Tips

Brown leaf tips on your Purple Succulent can be from low humidity, root damage, underwatering, and soil compactness.

Sometimes, you may need to flush out excess minerals, salts, fertilizers, and chemicals in the soil by letting the water run through for a few minutes. You shouldn’t worry about accidentally drowning your plant’s roots if you have a fast-draining substrate and a pot with drainage holes.

Drooping Leaves

Mealybugs and other pests that infest the Purple Succulent can cause leaves to droop. This issue can also be caused by underwatering, lack of humidity, and lack of nutrients.

Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves on your purple plant might occasionally indicate trouble. Moisture stress, inadequate lighting, nutritional imbalance, variable temperatures, insect infestations, bacterial or viral infections, and other factors all contribute to this condition.

To identify the problem, you must consider recent weather changes or how you care for your plant.

Root Rot

Plant root rot can be due to overwatering, poor drainage, or fungal spores in the soil. Because root rot is difficult to treat, it is essential to be cautious.

The finest strategy to avoid rot is to keep the root system away from damp environments constantly. Before watering your plant, always check the soil’s moisture level. To enable airflow in the roots, use a chunky soil mix. Above all, use a porous container with drainage holes.

Similar Plants

Are you loving Purple Succulents? Here are some of our favorite Purple beauties from our very own collection. In our opinion, these are the best purple succulents to add to your garden:

Purple Beauty (Sempervivum Tectorum) 

This is probably the top favorite of succulent lovers. Imagine large rosette-patterned leaves with the blue-ish-green-ish exterior color and deep purple center, and you have a sought-after Purple Beauty.   

Santa Rita Prickly Pear (Opuntia Santa Rita)

Quite controversial, this plant is known to some as a cactus (Prickly Pear Cactus), while others argue it’s a succulent. No matter what it’s called or its common name, this is one of our favorites because of its unique pear shape and purple undertones that intensify when exposed to bright light. Add to its attraction are the beautiful yellow flowers every spring.

Echeveria Purple Pearl

The Purple Pearl is perhaps the first plant that comes to mind when you think of purple succulents. Best recognized for their distinctively rosette-shaped flat, spherical, light purple leaves. It is popular among succulent lovers since it is simple to propagate by stem or individual leaf cuttings. Additionally, it produces lovely pink flowers annually.

Raspberry Ice (Sempervivum Raspberry Ice)

Densely-packed rosette leaves in a spiral pattern with white cob-web-like hair on its edges set apart this beautiful succulent. If that’s not enough, this plant starts as red and turns to its attractive purple hue as it matures.  

Corsican Stonecrop (Sedum Dasyphyllum)

This one is a must-have if you want succulents with a unique appearance. Its plump, blue-green leaves create that beautiful purple hue. Known as a “spiller” because of its growth habit of spilling out and over. In summer, this small succulent turns bluish pink and blooms dainty white flowers.

Conclusion

With its attractive characteristics, Purple Succulent plants are a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a new houseplant for your succulent garden. Your care efforts for this plant will result in gorgeous exotic flowers that you will appreciate having in your house!

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Dos and Don’ts – Important Pink Succulents Care Tips

One houseplant that can spruce up your space is a Pink Succulent. It is tropical, easy to care for, and well-loved among the community of plant enthusiasts worldwide.

Everything that you’ll need to know on how to raise your Pink Succulent will be discussed in this detailed care guide. Read on to know more about this plant’s interesting characteristics and where you can buy one for yourself!

What Are Pink Succulents?

Pink Succulents come in many sizes, shapes, forms, textures, and attractive hues from the pink spectrum. They are easy to care for and cultivate, just like the green varieties. 

Succulents, in general, are a collection of plants that can store water in their leaves, stems, and roots. Their often oval-shaped leaves appear thick, plump, and fleshy due to their water retaining ability. Drought-resistant, these plants have adapted well to survive and thrive in arid conditions.

Low precipitation and high temperatures have made these plants hardy and adaptable. There are even some pink varieties that are found near dry lakes and sea coasts. Conditions usually detrimental to other plants’ growth are normal, even preferable, for these plants.

Succulents and Cacti

Succulents and Cacti are often grouped in nurseries, causing surprise or confusion when one turns out to be the other as it grows. You must remember that cacti, a subset of the succulent group, have a hairy or pricky coating and rarely have any leaves. 

Origin And Family

The deserts, mountainous regions, and rainforests of South Africa, the Far East, and Central and South America are home to these beautiful succulents. Pink Succulents have become a popular indoor plant in recent years, thriving in most households that give it plenty of sunlight.

Christopher Columbus was believed to be the first to discover this fascinating plant in the 15th century. He is said to be one of the first explorers to take a cacti plant and present it to Queen Isabella of Spain. Following his discovery, explorer Vasco De Gama was believed to discover succulents in India and Southwest Africa.

As more expeditions were launched, new varieties and species were found, and interest grew, even centuries later. Today, collection and cultivation are still happening, but some succulents and cacti are nearing vulnerability to extinction due to habitat loss and poaching. Some were even regulated by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Fortunately, growing, cultivation, and care practices have been established over the years to help conserve these fascinating plants.

Where To Buy

You can check with your local florist or nursery if you want to buy Pink Succulents. However, there are usually better deals and broader selections at online sites like Etsy.

In terms of pricing, the very affordable costs of this plant are between $5 and $20.

Pink Succulents Plant Size

When grown as a houseplant, the Pink Succulents grow up to 3-6 inches and spread to a width of 3-6 inches. They grow fast and thrive when kept near a south-facing window.

Pink Succulents Care Needs

Pink Succulents are not difficult to care for. They can thrive almost everywhere and require little care. However, while admiringly hardy, there are still some things you’d need to do to keep it growing to its maximum potential. The Pink Succulents, when grown indoors, love bright sunlight and prefer dry soil to thrive. They also need less watering and soil that drains well.

Water your Pink Succulent of choice when the soil has dried out entirely or every 14-21 days. To properly hydrate the soil, make sure your pot has good drainage. Do not be afraid to drench the soil during watering schedules thoroughly. As for the light requirements, this lovely plant will do best in bright light.

Learn about your plant’s more specific and in-depth care needs below!

Care Difficulty

These Pink Succulents are generally easy to care for. The amount of light and well-draining soil are the most important considerations for this beauty.

Growth Rate

When grown indoors, the Pink Succulents plant grows to 3-6 inches, growing the fastest during early spring and summer.

Potting

Pink Succulent plants want good drainage, and small-sized plastic, terracotta, or clay pots with drainage holes work fine. These plants are meant to be the center of attention, with their beautiful pink hues and cute little leaves or stems. So, it’s also a good idea to find pots that can level with these plants’ appeal.

Repotting

Moving your Pink Succulents into a bigger pot allows more space for its roots to expand. Typically, repotting should be done at the start of its growing season.

You’d want to repot this tropical plant every two years. When filling the new pot, replacing old nutrient-deficient soil with a fresh batch of cacti and citrus potting soil is ideal.

Soil

Regarding the growing medium for Pink Succulents, cacti and citrus potting soil is your best bet. Perlite, pine bark, pumice, coarse sand, coco coir, or rinsed gravel are also ideal for the soil. Aeration and drainage are a must for this plant which is easy to care for.

Here are some excellent growing medium options to choose from:

pH

You’ll want to aim for an acidic pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Cacti and citrus potting soil will have a pH level close to this range, so you shouldn’t worry too much.

If you see some problems with your plant, you could conduct a pH test on the soil to check if this is the culprit.

Water

Your Pink Succulents will want the soil to stay dry between watering schedules. Feel the soil with your finger and inspect when the soil has dried out completely. When this is the case, fully drench your plant until water oozes out of the pot’s bottom.

It’s also a good idea to consider watering according to season. In the spring and summer months, these Pink beauties are drinking up more water as they thrive than during fall and winter when they are in their resting beauty phase. You can test out the soil then, and when the top 2-3 inches have dried out, it’s time to give them some water.

Overwatering is one of the most widespread causes of indoor plant deaths. If you’re in doubt, it’s usually preferable to underwater than overwater Pink Succulents. To ensure that your plant’s roots aren’t drowned, use well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes.

Don’t:

  • Drench the leaves. Instead, soak the soil directly, and excess water drains out of the bottom holes. 
  • Use spray bottles as misting is known to cause root rots and moldy leaves. 

Do:

  • Use a pan and place your succulent pot to water it from the bottom. 
  • Remove from the pan when the top of the soil is moist.

Light

Coming from the deserts, mountainous regions, and rainforests of Africa, the Far East, and Central and South America, this plant is used to receive bright indirect light. In an indoor setting, at least six hours is the recommended exposure for your Pink Succulents. 

If the light is too bright, its leaves can get sunburned. If this happens, move your plant away from the window or use curtains and blinds to filter the light coming in. 

On the other hand, if your favorite pink succulent is not getting as much light as it needs, it will lose its beautiful pink color. Move your plant closer to a window or supplement it with grow lights. We recommend the following artificial lighting products:

Fertilizer

Plants, just like people, need more food when they are actively growing because they are using up a lot of their energy. This growth spurt generally happens in spring and summer for the Pink Succulents. During this time, you can use a water-soluble fertilizer just once during its growing season. 

In the winter, you don’t need to fertilize because plants’ roots usually go dormant in the cold. This means the plant won’t need extra food for growth. 

Propagating Pink Succulents

If your Pink Succulents have grown too tall, you may prune back the leaves or stem and set the cuttings aside for propagation! We’ve included step-by-step instructions for several propagation techniques below.

Cuttings by Leaf Removal

1. Collect a cutting. Remove a few leaves by twisting them gently off the plant.

2. Callus off. Securely set aside the cuttings in any clean container or tray. No water or soil needed

3. Let it sit. After five days, check if calluses have formed on the cut end; calluses protect the exposed end from bacteria. 

4. Grow roots. Wait for them to grow roots in a couple of weeks.

5. Plant. When roots finally form, plant them in the well-draining soil of your choice. We recommend planting them in a sunny spot early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are not too intense.

6. Water and fertilize. Water sparingly the next day and gently press down the soil. You can also fertilize it with succulent fertilizer.

Cuttings by Beheading

Beheading is best recommended for Pink Succulents that have grown too tall and spindly. 

  1. Behead. Cut off the head of the plant from the lengthy stem, leaving about an inch of it attached. Dry it out in a clean container or tray. No watering is needed.
  2. Let sit. After five days, check if calluses have formed on the cut end. Calluses protect the exposed end from bacteria. 
  3. Grow roots. Wait for them to grow roots in a couple of weeks.
  4. Plant. When roots finally form, plant them in the well-draining soil of your choice. We recommend planting them in a sunny spot early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are not too intense.
  5. Water and fertilize. Water sparingly the next day and gently press down the soil. You can also fertilize it with succulent fertilizer.

Division

For the Pink Succulents propagation method known as division, you separate the tropical plant at the roots – making two Pink Succulents plants. 

You can divide the stem clusters of your Pink Succulents by following these steps: 

1. Dig it up. Take the plant from its container. The natural divisions are pretty straightforward. 

2. Pull apart. With your fingers, gently separate the Pink Succulents at the root. You may need to use pruners or shears to cut any tangled roots.

3. Repot. Plant each section of the Pink Succulents in new pots filled with the same soil they’re used to.

Humidity And Aeration

Your Pink Succulents need moderate humidity between 40% or higher for rich-colored leaves and lush growth.

If you are concerned about humidity or notice browning edges on your plant leaves, you can buy a humidifier and install it near your plants. This supplement will significantly improve the health of your plant. 

Temperature

Your Pink Succulents will prosper in a temperate area, so keep the temperature between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

This tropical houseplant, like other succulent plants, prefers consistent temperatures all year. When watering your plant, avoid using hot or cold water. Keep it away from heat and cold sources (such as furnaces and vents) (such as open windows during the winter).

Toxic

Unfortunately, the Pink Succulents are toxic to pets (including cats and dogs) and humans. If ingested, you may expect the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, or general pain. In most circumstances, this plant is not considered dangerous.

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Pests, Diseases, And Other Problems

The Pink Succulent is a plant resistant to several bugs, issues, and diseases. Here are some tips and tricks to prevent or treat these common problems:

Spider Mites

Spider mites are an unwanted but widespread problem on houseplants, particularly in Pink Succulents. Spider mite damage initially appears as little brown or yellow dots on your plant’s leaves. You might notice fine, sticky webs crawling with red bugs when there is a severe infestation.

Start by thoroughly washing every nook and cranny of your Pink Succulents to expel the spider mites. This must be done on a sink, in a tub, or outside. If it doesn’t work, you can suffocate the spider mites using insecticidal soap, neem oil, or horticultural oil.

If you have more plants in your home, you might need to quarantine your sick plants while you’re controlling the spider mite population.

White Flies

Whiteflies, soft-bodied winged insects, may be drawn to the Pink Succulents. While adult whiteflies are normally harmless, they will lay eggs that will hatch into larvae that will eat the leaves of your plant.

Some pesticides are effective against whiteflies at all stages of development, but pick one that is safe to use indoors. Here are some alternatives we recommend:

Horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap are great organic alternatives too!

Scale Insects

Scale insects may appear as bumps on your Pink Succulents’ stems or foliage. Once they’ve latched onto a plant, these small bugs, which might be green, gray, brown, or black in appearance, normally stay inactive.

If the infestation isn’t too terrible, you can dissuade scale insects from infecting your plant by adding a teaspoon of neem oil in four glasses of water. Spray the plant aggressively with a spray bottle.

Neem oil and horticultural oils may not eliminate the pests but will certainly cause some damage to them. Numerous insecticide sprays against scales are considered safe to use indoors.

Aphids

Aphids are little insects that devour the leaves of your Pink Succulents, causing black and brown patterns.

Apply insecticidal soap or neem oil to get rid of the infestation. In low dosages, dish detergent may also be used to eliminate aphids without harming your plant. Pick a fragrance-free product, such as Ivory Liquid.

First, dilute 1 teaspoon of dish soap in 1 gallon of water, then gradually increase the ratio as appropriate. Spray this solution on your infected plant, carefully examining the underside of the leaves, where aphids are commonly located.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs may infest your Pink Succulents. These little parasites damage your plant by inserting a feeding tube into the plant tissues and sucking on the sap, and they can eventually weaken or even kill your plant.

Soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol to get rid of them, then use its tip to manually remove each mealybug. Neem oil can also be misted on the leaves to suffocate these bugs.

Brown Leaf Tips

Browning edges on the leaves of your Pink Succulents can be stimulated by many factors. Causes include lack of humidity, prolonged exposure to bright light, salt and mineral accumulation from chemically treated tap water, and fertilizer burn.

Drooping Leaves

If you notice drooping leaves on your Pink Succulents, they might be thirsty or require more moisture in the air. If you maintain a humidifier nearby, plant leaves will normally stay fresh and perky for a longer amount of time.

Another cause of downward-curling leaves is overexposure to bright light. In this case, simply move your plant away from the nearest source of light and heat.

Yellow Leaves

If you see yellowing leaves on your Pink Succulents, you might need to consider several factors to determine the culprit: 

  • Are you watering your plant too little or too much? 
  • Is your plant getting enough light? Did you fertilize your plant recently? 
  • Are there sudden changes in the weather? 

Of course, bottom leaves that turn yellow can indicate that these desert plants are growing and the leaf’s energy has been spent. In this case, simply pluck off the yellowing leaves so the plant can focus on increasing new green leaves. 

Root Rot

Plant root rot can be caused by overwatering, poor drainage, or fungal spores in the soil. Because root rot is difficult to treat, it is essential to be cautious.

The easiest technique to avoid rot in Pink Succulents is to keep the root system away from moist environments constantly. Before watering your plant, always check the soil moisture level. To enable airflow in the roots, use a chunky soil mix. Above all, use a permeable container with drainage holes.

Similar Plants

Love Pink Succulents? Here are some of our favorite Pink Succulents from our succulent collection:

Echeveria Laui

Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, this sweet little succulent may reach heights of up to six inches and has rosettes that can reach a diameter of up to five inches. The plant’s thick leaves often have a grayish-blue color with a tinge of pink edges. The plant produces exquisite blooms that are peachy-pink hue. A great addition to your succulent garden. 

Echeveria Laui prefers dry conditions and well-draining soil. They will require less watering in the late winter than in the spring and summer. They flourish well in direct sunlight but struggle with frost.

Pink Moonstone (Pachyphytum Oviferum)

Another Central Mexico native, the Pink Moonstone succulent, is peachy pink with leaves ranging from pinkish to bluish-lavender. The large leaves are covered in white or silver coating. The plants usually lie flat on the ground or trail from their container since the rosettes are tiny, generally less than four inches in diameter, and the stems can go up to eight inches long. 

Pink moonstones thrive in partial sunlight and just enough water. Although they are not highly frost-resistant, they are simple to maintain and grow.

Pink Granite

This fascinating little hybrid is ideal for lovers of everything pastel. Its dense pink leaves and mint green stalks go well with any indoor garden’s color scheme. The diameter of the rosettes can reach up to six inches, while the stems often stand between six and eight inches tall. Like Pink Moonstone, the plant usually lies down or hangs over the side of its container because of the long stem and heavy rosette pattern. 

Succulent Pink Granite requires little maintenance and favors intense interior light or twilight. This is also one of the succulents that are pet-safe.

Jelly Bean (Sedum Rubrotinctum)

The name “Jelly Bean” for this plant refers to the form of its plump, cute, and vibrant leaves. It’s also called Aurora by some succulent enthusiasts. Each leaf is green with pink tips and a length of around two centimeters. Although the plant may stretch up to 36 inches, the stems can only reach a maximum height of roughly six inches. 

Like other succulents, Jelly Beans can take some neglect. Your plant can thrive with infrequent watering, drainage, and partial sunshine.

Pink Beauty

This gorgeous succulent bears pink flowers in addition to its pink-hued foliage. It has characteristics with other, more typical Jade variety (Ghost plant or Graptopetalum paraguayense, Crassula Pellucida) types, such as robust stems and glossy leaves. Pink beauty may reach a maximum height and width of five feet. 

This succulent has pink, star-shaped, scented blooms. The Pink Beauty thrives best in full sun, but it can still thrive in the partial sun if full light is impossible. In particular, throughout the winter, it flourishes with infrequent irrigation. It may be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings.

Conclusion

With its beautiful colors, Pink Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow and fascinating addition to your home. If you follow our care guide, you’ll be able to grow stunning succulents. 

Do you have a Pink Succulent? We want to see it! Please send pictures to [email protected], and we might share them on our blog.

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How To Propagate Succulents From Cuttings And Leaves

Since mid-2020, many people have started leaning towards environment-friendly and more sustainable hobbies to keep themselves occupied. Turns out, one of the most wholesome and popular options is gardening – which gained a huge boost during the pandemic. Today, we will talk about how to propagate succulents from cuttings.

If you’ve been dabbling in gardening yourself, chances are that you know of or already own succulents. These cute, hardy, and well-loved plants have become something of a worldwide sensation, and make for great plant companions.

If you’ve got a succulent family growing in your home, chances are that you’d like to share them with your family and friends – or simply make more to spread throughout your home. Read on, and we’ll tell you how.

But first, let’s learn a bit more about succulents and how to best help them thrive.

What Are Succulents?

Succulents are plants efficient at storing water in their leaves. Usually, the leaves of succulents are fleshy and thick – some of the best-known examples are cacti and aloe vera.

Succulent plants thrive well in dry climates, and they don’t work well with humidity. Like other plants, succulents would still need proper watering to achieve their maximum growth and flowering, but unlike most, succulents can sustain and survive prolonged periods of droughts by drawing on water and nutrients stored in their various parts. This is an evolutionary feature that has helped them thrive and survive for millions of years on every continent except for Antarctica.

You’d know if your succulents had too much water if their leaves are starting to rot and die.

Aside from humidity, succulents also struggle with freezing temperatures. Due to the excess water they keep in their leaves, the cold temperatures can cause their leaves to become mushy.

Although some succulents like the sempervivums and sedums are strong enough to withstand below-freezing temperatures, succulents are still in their healthiest in warmer temperatures.

Succulents can be cared for indoors and outdoors. Indoor succulents make incredible decorations when placed in ceramic pots with enough drainage holes. It can also be in terrariums so long as water is provided sparingly.

Outdoors, they make great additions to xeriscapes if irrigation levels are kept low. You can also set them in between pavers, crevices of stone walls, as a perfect accent to your rock garden.

One of the amazing and impressive characteristics of succulents is their capability to propagate quickly. This is why you might hear the term ‘Mother Plant’, used by botany enthusiasts whie talking about succulents.

Succulents are more than capable of growing new plants from a fallen leaf. While some produce new pups as they grow bigger. This can be exciting, and you need to have a good understanding of how to propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves so you can make the most out of your current collection.

Succulent Multiplication

You can always start from seeds, but there is a faster way to multiply your succulents.

Succulents are more than capable of growing new plants from a fallen leaf. This can be an exciting and fun project to carry out, though you’ll need to have a good understanding of how to propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves so you can make the most out of your current collection.

An example would be the Echeverias that can be propagated using both its leaf and cutting. Aeoniums, meanwhile, can only propagate succulents from cuttings. Overall, knowing your succulent will direct you on how to effectively and safely reproduce them.

Propagation by Leaf

This method is simple. All you need is to twist the leaf off the stem of your succulent. You have to ensure, though, that it is a clean pull and nothing gets left behind on the plant’s stem. It is better to pull off a small portion of the stem than leave leaf residue because the leaf would almost always die.

It is better to get a good view of the leaf’s base as you are pulling it off the stem. If you are not confident with getting a leaf, you can work with the leaves that naturally fell from your succulents.

Set your leaves on a paper towel or drying cloth until you see that the ends are dried out. This is essential because you don’t want the leaves to get mushy and rot when you plant them.

Set it to dry for a couple of days and transfer them to settle on succulent potting soil. During this process, make sure that the leaves receive bright but filtered sunlight. You also need to mist them with water using a spray bottle when the soil dries out.

Do this continually, and you will start seeing some roots sprouting after a few weeks. Once the roots are out, give it more time until the baby plants start budding.

Once your new succulent babies become half an inch tall, except for the original cut leaf to dry up, when this happens, you can now carefully remove the entire leaf and scoop your baby plant out of the potting soil and replant it to a new pot of your choice.

As much as possible, avoid stressing the roots through sudden movements and repeated transfers. Cover the roots with soil and give it the same TLC as the other members of your succulent collection.

Succulent Propagation by Cutting

Cuttings are your best option and fix for your succulents that have exceeded your height preference. Not only will this procedure allow you to keep overgrowth under control – it’ll also help prevent overcrowded pots and ensure the longevity of your succulents.

There is nothing complicated in propagation using stem cuttings. As the name suggests, you only need to cut off the head of the succulent, leaving an inch or two of the stem with it.

Just like propagation by leaves, the key element here is allowing the stem to dry.

Dry the stem out, and in a couple of weeks, you should see roots growing, and from here, you can simply plant the stem in a pot.

The remainders of the healthy beheaded succulent would surely grow new leaves, and this will be in a compact batter grouping. This new look is more aesthetically pleasing, and it also forms a sturdier cluster of leaves – several succulent owners perform multiple cuttings to obtain a layered visual effect with their plants.

Other Propagation Methods

Plantlet Removal

This is the easy way of removing the offsets or plantlets that have developed from the base of the mother plant.

These plantlets are usually fully formed already with their own set of roots. They can easily thrive when re-potted into a new container.

Some succulents naturally drop their plantlets so that their roots take base wherever they fall. If you observe this phenomenon occurring with your plant, you have to collect the plantlets, including the roots, and set them into individual pots.

Root Separation

Since this process requires the unearthing of an entire plant, it’s best left to seasoned experts. Aside from the skill involved, it also requires tons of patience and meticulous handling to avoid damaging the plant.

The goal here is to gently prod the roots apart and take a portion of the roots and individually plant them in separate clumps.

Once you have divided the roots, you can place them in the soil and care for them the usual way.

Timeline for New Buds

There is a specific timeline set for new roots and rosettes to form after propagating your succulents. Regardless if you used leaves or cuttings, you could expect some new growth in two to three weeks.

This will vary, though, depending on the temperature you are propagating in, the time of the year, and the kind of succulent activity you are working with. Rest assured that you can look forward to some new baby succulents to enjoy and take care of with the proper care. 

Succulent Propagation Rate

Even if you adhere to each step by the book, you cannot guarantee a 100% propagation success rate for succulents. A successful propagation depends on the leaf, cutting, and other uncontrollable and controllable factors.

Some stem cuttings will produce a couple of roots, but unfortunately, they may not sprout leaves.

If a few of your leaves or cuttings don’t make it, don’t fret and get stressed over it – this is to be expected. It may take a few tries before you’re able to grow a new mature succulent plant. 

Succulents That Are Easy to Propagate

If you are new in this exciting phase of propagation, you should learn about the various kinds of succulents available. You can work with the easiest ones to propagate first. This will help you get a feeling of what to do and how each plant reacts to the cutting process. Soon enough, you’ll experience the joy of seeing your first new shoots and roots take hold.

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Here are four of the easiest succulents to start you with:

Kalanchoe

Also known as the ‘Mother of Thousands’ because of how quickly and easily it propagates. This interesting succulent is a plantlet breeder. You will be impressed with how the plantlets show up on their leaves without any human intervention.

Dubbed as a beginner’s succulent, you can gain your confidence in propagation with this quick-spreading plant.

Sempervivum

Amusingly nicknamed the ‘Hens and Chicks,’ the ‘hen’ or mother plant continually produces its ‘chicks’ from the plant base all on its own. Spring is when this succulent is at its most generous – producing several new plantlets that can grow independently if collected.

Aloe Vera

This popular succulent is typically propagated from its offshoots and leaves. Its baby aloes or ‘pups’ grow alongside the mother leaf, and all you need is to remove the leaf and repot it.  Aloe propagation by leaf seems to be the easiest way, although you’ll have a higher chance of successful propagation by using the roots.

Burro’s Tail

There’s no need for human intervention for this succulent because the leaves naturally fall off, and the fallen leaves will root and start growing new Burro’s Tails on their own. Yes, it’s that easy with this succulent. All you need to do is to collect the fallen leaves, set them on damp cactus soil, and wait for the next generation tail to bud and form.

If your succulent is not part of the list, you can check other succulents from Succulent Gardens.

Tips To Ensure Healthy Succulent Propagation

Give Them Ample Time to Dry

Once you have cut a leaf or stem off your mother plant, you must allow it to dry before moving on to do something with it. The number of days you leave them is based on the amount of heat and sun exposure that the leaf or stem receives.

You have to allow it to scab over because when it fails to complete that process, it will soak up too much water the first time you water it and would cause them to drown.

Similarly, take it easy when watering your succulent leaves and succulent cuttings – this is a common mistake among new propagation folks who assume that because the leaves and cuttings don’t have any means of absorbing water that it’s best to drown them with water.

With leaf propagation, you can set the leaf on top of the soil where the end of the leaf doesn’t make contact with the earth. You only water it if the soil is already dry.

For cuttings, the easiest way is to just put it in succulent soil and water it every time you observe that the soil is already dry. You should develop a watering pattern, and before you know it, you already have a new succulent, steadily growing and thriving.

Read our Guide: The Difference Between Garden Soil, Potting Soil, and Potting Mix

Supplement with Succulent Vitamins

Give your succulent babies a better chance of survival by giving them enough full sun exposure, water, and lots of love. But even before their first roots form, you can already support them by incorporating some rooting hormone into the water you use.

As the name suggests, this will encourage and stimulate root growth during the propagation process. These supplements can be liquid, gel, or powder and are composed of both natural auxins and synthetic elements.

Don’t Overpopulate

To save space, it is tempting to put several leaves and cuttings together in one pot but think of it as a long-term plan and better settle your plants on separate pots. Be creative with your plant containers, and don’t just settle for the conventional pots – this will make your hobby much more fun and exciting to show others.

succulent plants in pots

Related Article: How Do You Care for Succulents? The Key to Thriving Succulents

Final Thoughts

Propagating succulents is an inexpensive way of expanding your plant collection. It requires very minimal effort from you because you can successfully have new roots growing in the next three weeks, provided you follow the right steps and care properly for your new plants.

Of course, there’s so much to learn, especially about the specific succulent that you are planning to propagate. But with knowledge comes the confidence to do things the right way – soon enough, you’ll have an impressive collection on your hands.

How Do You Care for Succulents? The Key to Thriving Succulents

Was I the only one who was fed this lie, “Succulents are easy! There is no way you could kill them!” My mother, the expert gardener, told me this when I was choosing my first house plants. I then proceeded to kill each one. The truth is, it is easy to care for succulents, but there are rules because, like all plants, succulents have specific needs. If you are armed with these tried and true care tips, succulents can make the perfect cheery, low maintenance house plants.

The Right Soil and Potting Mix

Above all, your succulents crave proper drainage. A wise decision on potting soil will save you so much grief later on. Any ol’ potting mix or soil from your yard won’t cut the mustard. Instead, go for a cactus or succulent mix. You can also add material like pumice or perlite to this mix to increase drainage and aeration. The hope is to create a mix that is course enough to dry quickly and allow water to flow through. Plant succulents in a soil mix they will love, and they will be happy as can be in your garden.

Container Types: Avoid Glass and Pots Without Drainage

Please, please choose a container which allows for proper drainage and avoid glass pots and bowls with no drainage holes in the bottom. Succulents will rot if waterlogged, so give the moisture an escape route. Terra Cotta pots are a great choice because not only do they provide drainage at the bottom, but the porous material will assist in aeration.

We have all seen the glamorous succulents in terrariums made in glass containers. They make beautiful gifts and centerpieces. But, the truth is, because of a lack of drainage and aeration, these containers are not great long-term planting solutions for succulents. If you are creating a terrarium, there are soil choices and watering habits that will help. Adding pine bark shreds and crushed rock to your succulent mix, and spraying the soil lightly to water are a few helpful ways to prevent rot.

Watering Succulents: Soak Soil and Dry

Overwatering is the number one killer of succulents, so watch out. Because succulents are native to climates which experience drought, they have thick fleshy leaves that store water. However, this does not necessarily mean that they require less water, rather they should be watered very thoroughly and less often. The “soak and dry” method is most effective. In short, water thoroughly and allow soil to dry fully between watering. Here are some details and tips for watering:

  • Water directly into soil, avoiding leaves to prevent mold growth. Misting leaves or pouring water directly onto the plant is a common mistake.
  • Water succulents deeply, until water is draining from the bottom, or water from the root up by setting a well-draining pot in water. Allow water to be pulled up to the surface through the base of the pot, until the top of the soil is moist.
  • Allow soil to dry completely before watering again. Depending on your plant and climate, this could mean several days or weeks. As long as the soil is allowed to dry fully, you are most likely in the clear.
  • Slow watering outside of the growing season. This is usually in the winter months (low light months) while your succulent is not actively growing. Keep an eye on your plant. Water frequently enough to prevent withering.

Getting Enough Sunlight

Most succulents require at least six hours of sunlight a day. When growing indoors, this becomes particularly tricky and important. The best rule of thumb is to place them in the sunniest place you possibly can. You may also want to rotate your succulent to make sure each side is receiving the sunshine it needs. If your plant is not getting enough light, they simply won’t grow at a healthy pace and may not flower. They can become stretched and thin as it searches for sunshine.

When shopping for your succulents, keep your growing space in mind. If growing indoors with little direct sunlight, you may want to go for more green-colored plants. Those with more color, like purples and pinks, tend to require more sunlight. Some succulents would love eight hours of full sun a day! So, when growing in shade and indoors, go for the green.

All of that said, there are some succulents that can tolerate shade better than others. Some succulents will even scorch or fade in too much direct sun exposure and heat. So if you don’t have a sunny south-facing window, don’t worry.  You can still grow these juicy little friends! Here are a few of my favorite low light succulents:

  • burn plant (Aloe vera)
  • devil’s backbone (Pedilanthus)
  • string of pearls (Senecio)
  • string of hearts and rosary vine (Ceropegia)
  • Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera)

Pests and Houseplant Bugs

If your succulent has ample proper drainage and is not being watered properly, your indoor succulents shouldn’t have too much issue with pests. This is because the majority of pests are attracted to the moisture in your plant’s soil. However, it does occasionally happen.

Gnats love the moisture in your houseplants and can be pretty frustrating as they zoom around your home. The best course of action is to allow your plant to dry out fully. Your succulent plants will benefit from this anyway since they aren’t fans of excess water. You can also try using sticky gnat traps. These have been a lifesaver for my indoor garden.

Mealybugs are another common pest. They are small white fuzzy guys and large numbers of them together can look similar to mold growing on your plant. However, they can sometimes be harder to spot, especially on succulents whose leaves are very layered and close together. So look closely. If you do have a plant with mealybugs, it’s best to separate it from your other plants right away! Those things can spread like wildfire.

Possibly one of the most effective ways to rid your succulents of these little guys, while not harming the plant is with rubbing alcohol. Spray with 70% alcohol. If the mealy bugs die, they will turn red. Then rinse with water to wash them off. Give it some time to make sure you got them all. You may need another round of spray. If that doesn’t work for you, there are some more suggestions for getting rid of mealy bugs.

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