Keeping Happy, Healthy Succulents

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They are starting to feature in more and more crafty projects, from DIY plant pots to beautiful terrariums, so we thought it was time to give everyone a quick and easy guide to keeping happy and healthy succulents. Below are 5 basic tips that have always helped me, if anyone has any other tips on keeping succulents then please let us know in the comments – I’m sure this is not a definitive guide!

1 – WATER

Too much and your succulents might not make it, too little and they will stop growing, so how much water is just enough to keep a succulent going and growing? On a very basic level; the thicker the leaves, the less water your succulent is going to need. You have to experiment a little to get it right but as a rule I water my succulents every 3 – 4 days, I tend to water just the soil, making sure that the soil soaks up all of the water and then lightly mist the leaves.

2 – SOIL

Succulents don’t need to be watered as frequently as other plants (which makes them a favourite amongst those of us who are less ‘green thumbed’) but it is also important that the soil dries out in between watering. In order to do that you’ll need to make sure that your succulents are potted in well draining soil. The best way to do this is to mix something light and porous into regular soil to increase the drainage. I tend to do this on a 1:1 ratio but, like with the water, experiment to find what works best for you and your plants.

3 – SUN

Succulents need a lot of sunlight to grow happy and healthy (don’t we all?!) but they are prone to sunburn if they are in direct sunlight so it’s best to keep them inside but in bright light for as much of the day as possible. If your plant starts stretching (getting very tall with a lot of space between leaves) then it needs more sunlight so try to pop it in a sunnier spot.

4 – PROPOGATE

Possibly the best thing about succulents is how easily they propagate! Just take the leaves from other plants and putting them on to damp soil will make teeny tiny baby succulents grow at the base of the leaves. This is a brilliant thing to do with younger kids and if you are propagating your own succulents you can start giving them away as gifts and save the pennies!

5 – EXPERIMENT

It may be frustrating at times but the best way to grow a happy, healthy succulent is to experiment with them as much as possible. Water a little more or less for a fortnight, pop them in a warmer or sunnier spot for a while, change up the soil mix with different plants and just see what works for you and your plants.

It would be brilliant to hear how everyone is getting on with their own succulents. Please don’t forget to use the hashtag simplestylishmakers in social media so that we can check out your simple stylish succulents!!

Alice

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