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How do I take care of my succulent??

November 16, 2020

Me holding succulent

A lot of my friends tell me… “Gabby I love your planters, but can you make me one with a fake plant because all of my real plants die”. I can relate to this completely,  because for many years, there were not many plants that survived my care.

If you identify with any of these statements, I have great news! Succulents are one of the easiest plants to care for. 

Here are some answers to common questions many people  have about how to take care of succulent plants. 

  • How much light do they need? 

Succulents love light and need about six hours of sun per day depending on the type of succulent. Make sure you rotate them often. They normally will lean towards the sun, so rotating them will help them stand up straight. (Leaning may also be a sign that they need to be in a sunnier spot.)

  • How much water and how often?

During the spring and summer, the plants need much more water than when they're resting in the fall and winter. Make sure you let the soil dry between waterings, otherwise, your beautiful succulent will die. Please don’t use a spray bottle to water your succulent, make sure you soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes. This is the reason we make sure our players have drainage holes. If your planter doesn’t have drainage holes, simply use less water. 

  • What type of soil should I use?

Choose cactus soil or mix potting soil with sand, pumice, or perlite. Succulent roots are very fragile so be gentle when repotting.

  • What else do I need to know?  

Keep your succulents clean. You see, your indoor plants will accumulate dust over time. This dust can inhibit their growth, so make sure you use a damp cloth or soft paint brush to very gently clean them. You can also fertilize them lightly during summer, but don’t over do it because your succulent will grow too quickly and will become weak. 

Gabby Gomez - Planter Designer