Succulents make wonderfully low-maintenance indoor house plants. A few tips on caring for your new succulent arrangement:
Water your succulents at the base of the plant about once a week, even less in the winter – allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. If you are unsure, stick your finger into the soil about an inch down to check that it is dry before watering again. If your arrangement is very small, such as a teacup, be sure not to over-water. Instead of pouring water on, use a spray bottle to moisten the top layer of soil. In the heat of the summer, particularly if you move your arrangements outdoors, you can water every 2 to 3 days. Still be sure to let the soil dry out in between. Less is more when it comes to watering succulents and too much moisture can lead to root rot.
Succulents rooted into moss such as driftwood pieces, cork magnets, living frames, gourds or wreaths should be sprayed once a week. Feel free to mist the plant and leaves, but try to focus the spray on the moss where the plants’ roots are located. Again, be sure the moss has dried completely in between waterings. If you do not have a spray bottle at your disposal, simply place in a sink and water sparingly. Living wreaths can be submerged in water once a week, or laid out on your lawn and sprayed with a sprinkler or hose once a week.
Succulents prefer having bright light, try to give your indoor succulents as much natural light as possible. Rosette and coloured varieties may stretch (called etiolation) or bend in one direction searching for more light. You will noticed widely spaced leaves if sunlight is not sufficient. To remedy this, try to give your plant more natural light. You can also cut off the top part of the plant and remove the bottom leaves on the cut portion. Allow the cutting to ‘callous’ for one to two days before replanting back into soil or moss.