The beauty of the minimal care that succulents need is that the expenses are minimal as well. Usually, when you go online, you see all these things that you can buy for your succulents. Remember that taking care of a house plant such as the succulent is not a one-week thing. It is a lifetime commitment for as long as your succulent is alive and well.
Now that you are just about to start, we will be sharing with you the six things that you need to have to grow your succulents. It is always good to start with the basics.
1. Succulent Seedling or Seeds
Obviously, the succulent seedling or the succulent seed is something you can’t miss. Most succulent grower newbies opt to buy a succulent seedling like the ones you see in the market, already a bit grown.
However, you can always choose to care for a succulent right from its origin as a seed. If you have selected to buy the succulent seedling, be sure to only get three or four succulents so that you do not have to worry about taking care of a lot of succulents. One step at a time there, future green thumb!
If you choose to buy seeds, there are a lot of markets and malls which sell succulent seeds. You may also purchase online! You can find dozens of sites on the Internet that sell succulent seeds. https://thesucculentsource.com/ is an excellent place to start checking prices for succulent seeds.
With the numerous varieties of succulents, it may be hard to pick only one. Try to go for the easiest succulents to take care of such as the Echeveria, Jade Plant, Aloe, Panda Plant, Baby Toes, and Crown of Thorns. You may also purchase more than one type and group them together in your living room. How lovely!
2. Container with Drainage Holes
If you bought the seedlings, they are usually already put in containers that have holes underneath. That means you are good to go! This is a reminder for those who are yet to propagate those beautiful succulent seeds.
Oh, sunlight! The sunlight is a succulent’s best friend. Succulents are native to areas with long dry seasons. They are accustomed to extreme heat. It is essential to know that we can’t keep them away from the sunlight for a long time.
Do you want to keep them indoors? No problem! Artificial lights also work for your succulents, but it is also best to keep them beside your windowpane where it can receive the natural light it needs. To be safe, they need about three hours of direct sun every day. That means even if you kept the near your windowpane, you need to bring them out to be exposed directly under the sun. It is like taking your dog out for their daily walk.
Be careful not to overexpose or underexpose your succulents. If they are turning brown, that means they have overexposure from the sun. On the other hand, if you find that the stems and leaves are stretching, they have low exposure to the sun.
4. Water Bottles
Unlike other house plants, succulents are more particular with the tool you use to water them. You can’t just use regular water sprays because when you use these, they just go on top of their leaves. You need water bottles or sprout cans that can directly put water on the soil that will reach the roots.
5. Good Draining Soil
Succulents are also particular with the soil you use as their growing medium. You can’t just use regular potting soil. You need a good potting soil that contains half soil and half inorganic materials, such as granite. Your succulents need these inorganic materials to make the growing medium porous. It all goes back to the succulents being able to store their own water. They do not need the soil to do it for them.
The uniqueness of succulents come from their spikes. That gives them the stunning beauty that they are known for. Handle them with gloves for extra precaution.
If you have all of these six, you are ready to keep your succulents at home. You can always use fertilizer and other plant enhancers. We plenty of resources on our website that you can refer to give you more information on additional succulent care and other specifics. For now, these six tools are all you need to get started.
There is more to know, but let us take it step by step. Check out our other succulent stories on our website or if you have your own, feel free to share it with us. Happy planting!