Hello again! Staying cool lately? It’s great for us, here, in the shop…but, our delivery driver has a few other feelings about this weather. 😉 Did you catch our last blog? The one about the floral jobs we’re hiring for? Well, we’re still looking for the perfect folks for those positions, so we encourage you to apply if you think you’d be a good fit! As for today’s blog though, well…we just have to share the fact that we just got in the most adorable trays of Succulents! We have two price points–5.95 and 9.95, depending on the size you’d like. It’s amazing how quickly they fly out of our doors when we get them it. (Okay. Not gonna lie. A small chunk of them are bought by our employees. We’re not kidding when we say we love Succulents around here. 🙂 ) They’re easy enough for beginners to grow–yet, trendy, and cute enough for a master gardener to get, and put together. We also thought that since Succulents are so popular at this moment, that it might be helpful if we re-share a few of our care tips for them. As always though, if you have more specific questions–don’t hesitate to stop in, or give us a call. We always love to help if we can.
I bought a Succulent! Now, I’d like to try to keep it alive…
First of all…they need to be placed in a bright place. A south facing window is always a good bet. Succulents are very similar to cacti and love their sun; however, they can’t handle being in hot, direct, rays–as it can actually burn their leaves.
As far as watering them…despite their big, plush, leaves looking like they would love a lot of water, they actually don’t. A small bit of water each week, to ten days, is really all they need to thrive. If you notice their leaves turning brown, and shriveling, it may mean that you’re over watering. They make special Succulent plant foods that you can use to fertilize monthly, if you wish.
In the winter months, you can switch to watering Succulents much less frequently, as this is their naturally dormant time of the year.
Another thing that Succulents need is a good, well-draining, soil. We have good luck with mixing a bit of potting soil, with a bit of sand, with a bit of perlite–it drains great and our Succulents seem to love it.
Along with the soil being well-draining–succulents like their air dry(ish) too. Placing them in a closed container, and/or, misting them with water will keep them a bit too moist for their liking and can end up killing them. Keep them in an open, shallow, dish for best results.
So…let’s say you accidentally break off a part of your Succulent, or would like to take some cuttings either to start your plant over, or to help it grow a bit healthier–here’s how you can do that:
First of all–let the cuttings dry for a few days. Place them on a windowsill, or someplace that they won’t get bumped around. This allows them to dry out a bit so they won’t rot after being placed on the soil.
When the cuttings are ready, place them on a shallow tray of well-draining soil. Water sparingly. After a few weeks, you should see tiny roots sprouting from the leaf. Water only when the soil is dry.
Once the plantlets appear, let them grow until the mother leaf starts to wither. From here, you can either separate the new growth from the old, or move the entire plantlet to a new container to continue growing.
Here’s a link with some good info on this process: