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How to care for succulents at home

How to care for succulents at home

I think one of the reasons that I didn’t have houseplants before, is that I was convinced I would kill them because I am not particularly green-fingered. The great thing about succulents in particular is they are perfect for beginners. They’re really really hard to kill and I wanted to share some that with you with my pick of my three favorite easy succulents. So if you don’t have a single plant in your house, try one of these I bet you can keep it alive.

  • How to care for money plant

First up is what I know as a money plant. It’s also known as a jade plant. I can remember these clearly from my childhood now. Some people do accuse the money plant of being a bit old-fashioned, but I think that’s unfair now these plants live for years. These are literally plants that will accompany us into our old age. The money plant really likes a sunny spot but they are okay in spots that don’t get direct sunlight too. The secret to looking after succulents is don’t overwater. This is absolutely key and it goes for all and that is why they are great for people like me. I have a tendency to forget to water their plants. You just have to stick your finger into the soil. Dig an inch down if it’s really dried out then give it water, just want to keep the soil reasonably moist but not sort of saturated with water.

Next up the Echeveria is like the trendiest of succulents. These are what you see in the photographs, by the most style conscious bloggers in Instagramers. There are loads and loads of different varieties of Echeveria around. It sort of grows in this lovely rosette shape. They like a sunny window spot. Like all succulents, you don’t want to overwater these and you want a soil that is going to drain quickly. There are special succulent soil mixes, that you can buy at the garden center or a cacti mix is fine so that it will drain quickly basically you also want to have a flower pot that has a hole in the bottom. I use old sources or side plates to pop these on so that the water doesn’t go everywhere when you water them.

The other thing about the Echeveria is that you don’t want to water their leaves. You want to water the soil underneath. Water it until water starts coming out of the bottom. Do that a couple of times and then it’s good until the soil is dried out again.

  • How to care for aloe vera

Aloe vera was one of the first house plants that I got. There are tough species that are really easy to care for now. The aloe vera loves bright conditions but not really direct sunlight. If the leaves are growing upwards then that’s perfect. If they are growing outwards then that probably means it’s not getting enough light. When aloe vera are 2 inches high, they’re big enough to take out and plant on their own as a separate plant. The aloe vera’s root system is quite shallow so a wide planter is better than a sort-of taller planter. One thing I didn’t like about houseplants as I thought, they would really collect the dust. what I do if they get dusty and they do get dusty is I give them a little shower I try to make sure that not too much water goes into the pot so I just tilt the pot slightly, shower off the leaves and then they look good as new again.

Tara Joy
A plant lover who loves nature and likes to share gardening tips.
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