Important factors for growing succulents

Important factors for growing succulents

The two most important things about succulents are: Direct sunlight—succulents must have several hours per day of direct sunlight. Indirect light, even bright light, just doesn’t do the job. Certain genera, such as Haworthia (photo, above, at Malone’s Greenhouse, Charlotte NC) and Gasteria, do pretty well with 3 or 4 hours of direct midday sun, and bright light the rest of […]

Are succulents ideal for indoor growing?

Are succulents ideal for indoor growing?

Succulent plants are not ideal for indoor growing, especially at desks. Unless you have a sophisticated LED lighting setup, it is not recommended. Succulents need a lot of natural sunlight, ventilation and in some species even a differential in outdoor temps to ensure that they flower or produce more pups for the next season. A […]

How can succulents change color?

How can succulents change color?

Today succulents come with as many color as there are in nature, thanks to biotechnology and hybridization. There are succulents from the whitest white to almost black and every spectrum in between. However, what comes naturally in wild species is much more limited. This depends on the type of succulents, but the most commonly and ideally found color in nature are : Brown. Brown color is […]

How To Grow Cactus Well

How To Grow Cactus Well

If your cactus do not have mealybugs, you can use horticultural oil sprayed in a strong squirt to get through the “cotton” to the insect below. Keep an eye on it, because mealybugs love succulents. Inspect the roots very carefully before potting up. Pots for cactus Have clean pots and dry cactus potting soil handy. Clay […]

Do succulents like to be fertilized?

Do succulents like to be fertilized

“Succulents grow thick fleshy leaves and stems that store moisture and nutrients. This ability allows the plants to thrive in dry conditions. Potted succulents often require less watering and fertilizer than other houseplant varieties, but the irrigation they do require flushes nutrients out of the soil, so they need periodic feeding. Too much fertilizer, especially high-nitrogen blends, increase […]