Tips on how to care for your succulents

  • Too much water is not good for succulents, this is a crucial part of succulent care - succulents will rot and die if they are over watered;

  • Succulents like to have their soil soaked and then dry out before watering again. So, soak the soil and then let it dry completely, use your finger to feel the wetness of the soil before soaking again;

  • The thicker the leaves on a succulent the less water it needs. Succulents with thinner leaves will go slightly droopy when they need water, plants like the aeonium will perk up as soon as you give them a drink;

  • Succulents need a lot of sunlight to grow happy and healthy, however they don’t like direct sunlight in the heat of the summer when they are outside - they are very prone to sunburn;

  • If you keep your succulents outside put them somewhere they will receive some shade and stay relatively cool. Morning light is good with a bright shade in the afternoon;

  • If your succulents are inside, put them somewhere they’ll receive bright light for most of the day. They are less likely to get sunburned inside, but it can still happen. Usually a south facing window sill will provide enough light but if you notice signs of sunburn (brown/black spots on the leaves) move it somewhere that the light is not quite as direct;

  • A sign that your succulent isn’t getting enough light is “stretching”. If your plant starts to get really tall with a lot of space between leaves it is stretching out trying to find more light. If you notice this, try to move your plant where it will get more light throughout the day.

Did you know that you can propagate succulents from their leaves?! Many succs will drop leaves, or you can remove them yourself - make sure the whole leaf is removed or it won't root. Place the leaves in a dry area away from direct sunlight (I place mine on a bed of dry soil) and you will see each leaf sprout roots. Once the roots grow you can plant and water as per normal.