Say It With Succulents want to help ensure that your relationship with your new 'Sucker' is a long and fulfilling one.
To get you growing in the right direction, here are are some helpful tips for you to follow:
Firstly, have you removed the sticker from the base of the pot? Make sure you allow for complete drainage of your succulent by removing this first- it’s for transportation purposes only.
Succulents like a well-drained soil. It’s important to keep the soil moist, but not overly ‘wet’. Don’t let your soil dry out; when it starts to dehydrate, it’s time for water. You will find that your succulent will require less water in Winter than Summer, so be careful not to saturate your plant during the cooler months.
To ensure your succulent grows it will need a decent amount of light. We’ve found that a bright windowsill works wonders or leaving your succulent outside in broad daylight. If your succulent is left in the dark it will start to deteriorate, and fast…. So make sure you keep an eye on how your succulent is progressing.
Succulent leaves tell a thousand words; if you see signs of change, make sure you respond to this. Be on the lookout for the following signs of poor health and send your plant into rehab:
Succulent leaves start to spread apart
This may be a sign that your succulent is lacking light source. Move to a brighter and more well lit area. You may like to keep your succulent outdoors for a little R&R, if you’ve kept it locked up inside.
Plant stops growing
Don’t be too alarmed with the lack of growth during Winter- this is a normal process for the plant. You will find that your succulent will start to amaze you at the start of Spring. If however, your plant has lived through the warmer months and shows no sign of growth then you may want to consider some rehab- water more frequently, move to a better light source and fertilise. If you have let your plant dry out too much, you may find your soil has too. Try re-potting in a sandy-based mix for optimum results. Succulents don’t like a highly organic soil mix either. Rather, they prefer sandy environments.
Succulent leaves droop and the leaves start to fall off
Your plant needs more water! Make sure to keep on top of your watering schedule. We don’t want to dictate how often to water, the best indicator is your plant, so remember to be in tune with your little sucker.
Succulent leaves have turned black
Your plant is suffering from too much water. Have you left your plant out in the rain for a few days? If so, make sure you bring it inside or undercover to dry out. Make sure you pull off all leaves that are starting to rot as this will cause further plant rot.
Succulent starts to lose its colour
This may indicate that your succulent is lacking light. You may want to consider repositioning to a well-lit position. Succulents can be kept indoors without issue; you just need to find the right spot for it to thrive. Try a northerly aspect for optimum sun exposure.
These few tips will go a long way to help your plant recover from common problems that can occur when your succulent is neglected. Remember, every succulent is a potential life-long companion, so make sure you give it all the love and attention it deserves.