Succulent Care

Choose plants for your desk at work, a window sill or centerpiece for your table.  In the summer in Oklahoma, your patio or a shaded spot outdoors works beautifully.  Bring the plants indoor before frost date.  Don’t have window space?  A garage with some light will work if it doesn’t freeze.  

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Light: Bright filtered light; avoid direct sunlight during summer months. Too much light causes leaves to turn brown or white. Too little light causes plants to stretch out and look spindly. However there are varieties that do well in low light situations. Succulents and most plants have the natural tendency to grow towards light. If your potted plant receives sun on one side, rotate to insure even exposure to light and balanced growth.

Water when soil is dry to the touch, which is approximately every 7 - 10 days, indoors. Size of pot also influences water needs.   Water less frequently during winter months, as this is the natural dormancy period of many plants.

Fertilizer should be used sparingly, if at all. If you do, use standard houseplant fertilizer, diluted to 1/4 recommended strength.

Potting Soil:  Regular potting soil generally works well for cacti and succulents.  Most succulents form a dense mat of roots just under the soil surface.  Shallow containers usually work well with succulents.

Appropriate containers are an endless variety, from tea cups to wash tubs.  Rusted metal bowls, ceramic containers, enameled bowls, bird baths, glass bowls, old children’s wagons, etc.  Match the size of container to the mature size of the plant.

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