“I Will Survive” — THE BEST TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR SUCCULENTS
Keeping a plant alive is no easy task. Just like you feed, water, nurture, and tend to your children or pets—plants need that same love. But how do I ensure my succulents stay healthy and strong? How long should I leave my succulents in the sun? When should I water my succulents? So many questions and so many answers!
Take a deep breath, grab a pen and paper, and take note as we try to answer all of your questions below. If you still don't see your answer, email us and one of our team members will do our best to put your mind at ease.
SOIL OPTIONS FOR CONTAINER (NON-DRAINING) SUCCULENTS
- Whether you purchase our Haus Collection or our Luxe Collection (both sold in non-draining planters) you should only use cactus or succulent soil to ensure that your succulents stay alive.
- When using non-draining planters, it is best to put a layer or gravel or small rocks at the bottom of the container before pouring in your cactus soil. This creates somewhat of a drainage system for your plants.
- While most store-bought succulent and cacti soil mixes are great, creating your own soil mixture usually produces the best combination. Although it is not necessary, we like to create a gritty soil mixture for non-draining planters, the best ratio we have discovered is about 1/3 sand or fine-grained material, plus 2/3 cactus soil.
WATERING YOUR SUCCULENT
- After planting your succulent in your Botanicool Planter, we recommend that you water your plant immediately after opening. Remember to water thouroughly.
- We like to use a small watering can with a long spout to water our succulents, the long spout makes it easier to water directly into the soil, rather than on the top.
- Succulents only need to be watered when their soil is completely dry. When watering, ensure that the soil is soaked, succulents need enough water to keep their leaves, stem and roots full to withstand any dry periods.
SUNLIGHT AND YOUR SUCCULENT
- Succulents are naturally desert plants but try not to over expose them to the sun. Most indoor succulents will do great with a half-day (6-8 hours) of sunlight and a half day in shaded areas.
- Colorful succulents tend to do best with at least 6 hours of bright sunlight each day. If colorful succulents are not in the sunlight as much, they can revert to a green color.