A succulent plant is a cute decorative piece inside our home. It is not just great to look at, it has a host of health benefits too. It allows the occupants of the home a good breathing environment. Succulents, after all, produce more oxygen than carbon dioxide.
But when it comes to taking care of a succulent plant, we are all often in limbo. How do you water it? Since it’s basically cactus, does it need water? Doesn’t it thrive in dry and hot places like the desert? Many problems arise when it comes to taking care of succulents because people are less informed than they should be.
If you want to start collecting or even using succulents as decorative pieces, you need to make sure you know the ins and outs of properly watering these plants.
1. Use a pot with a drainage hole.
Sure, a globe-like glass pot maybe cute to look at and we’re sure the succulents like CAL Farms 20 of 2” Beautiful Rosettes Succulents will make stunning décor whether outside your homes or inside of it. But you need also to realize that what succulents need is the proper pot where there’s a drainage hole that could drain the water well once you start watering the succulents.
2. Buy a well-draining soil.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important proper draining is to a succulent plant. A big part of the success of growing these plants is when they are using the right soil. Succulents don’t like to sit in wet soil for a long time, so a good-draining soil is really, really important. Make sure the pot you’re transferring the succulents to have proper holes at the bottom.
3. Soaked and not spritzed.
Contrary to popular belief, succulent plants like to be soaked rather than spritzed. Many people use a spray bottle for their succulents, thinking that this somehow made them geniuses or that their plants will thrive under their care. Instead, you can use a small watering can to soak the succulents in water (though only for a short time).
4. Water by schedule.
Unlike ordinary plants that you can water every day, succulents rarely need water (though it’s important to note that succulents can and will die with too much or too little water). To water the succulents, you need to water the soil and let it be absorbed. This process tells the succulents to “drink” up because drought is coming. Let the water stay in the roots for a couple of days, then you’ll see that the plant has already dried up. This is a good indication that you can water the succulents again.
If you don’t have the time to schedule each watering of the succulents, you can leave the plants in totally dry soil. This is especially true if you are dealing with bigger succulents because they have better established roots. They will only use this time to put off new roots that are thick and healthy, so they can absorb more water once the gush of water comes in again.