New to the world of succulents? Well this is the article for you. Welcome to succulents for newbies, an easy no frills guide on how to take care of your Happy Little Succulent and what to do when it’s ready to be relocated to a new pot.
Happy Little Succulents are easy to care for and hard to kill. Stick to our two simple rules and your succulent is sure to thrive. With that said, there is a way you can harm them – with too much water! That’s right, you can drown your plant with the love you have for watering. So, rule number one:
- Do not over water your succulent - Your succulents require little water and should only be watered once a week. They love to have a good drenching and to completely dry out before their next drink.
- Plenty of sunlight – Succulents are sun worshippers. Keep your succulents happy by keeping them in a warm well-lit spot providing a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight each day. Without enough light your succulent’s colour will begin to fade and your plant will start to stretch.
Bonus Tip: Although your succulent looks great in the bathroom, large, regular changes in humidity makes it hard for it to thrive.
There you have it – how to look after a succulent growing in a pot. Next, we need to discuss when it’s time to transplant your succulent into a larger pot. Some tell-tale signs it’s time to repot your favourite plant;
- Roots growing out the of the draining hole at the bottom of the pot
- A slight upwards tug on your plant, fully lifts the plant including, soil and roots out of the pot a.k.a. root ball or pot bound
Like everything in life there’s a lot of advice on the best way to repot your succulent when it comes to type of soil and pot size. In the 19 years of growing these little darlings, I’ve come to realise:
- Succulents require well-draining soil. Many videos on YouTube say to put them in succulent soil. Yes, you can do this, but it’s not necessary. One of the great things about succulents is that they don’t require nutrient rich soil - any reputable potting mix is suitable for repotting.
- Choose a pot that is 5% to 10% larger than the plant and with a hole in the bottom to drain excess water.
Once you have decided on the latest and greatest trendy pot to display your Happy Little Succulent, simply:
- Fill about two thirds of the pot with soil
- Make a well in the centre for your succulent’s roots. If its pot bound, then give the root ball a light massage to loosen it up
- Place your little darling’s roots into the well and even out the soil. Add more soil if necessary
- Give it a good drenching
It’s that simple – no need to scrub the pot beforehand or add fancy fertilisers. I’ve asked many ‘plant doctors’ a.k.a. horticulturists what to feed my succulents and the answer is always the same – nothing. When repotting succulents, you are replacing worn out dirt with fresh soil and providing more space for new growth.
So, there you have it, how to take care of your Happy Little Succulent. They’re easy, low maintenance plants and very trendy. If you have questions I haven’t answered or any concerns about your succulents, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or ping me a message on social media.
Ciao for now…