When it comes to you successfully growing succulent plants then there are a number of rather useful tips that you might want to take on board that should really make sure that you are quite content with the end results that you can achieve. Now, it is going to be some trial and error as to the tips that you prefer, but it is worth noting that they can all make a difference to the future success of your plants.
· 1. Make sure you use good cultivating methods.
The first tip that we have to mention is the importance of using good cultivating methods and even just being aware of what they are before you even think about starting to grow succulents. These plants need different care from some other kinds of plants so if you think that everything can be treated the same, then you could be on the road to disaster.
· 2. Consider setting new plants aside in quarantine.
Succulents can be affected by disease and if you have just brought in a brand new plant then our advice is to effectively place it into quarantine. This allows you to spend time identifying if there are any pests or diseases on the plant that could, in theory, jump to other plants in your collection. It also gives you the chance to then treat them because most of the diseases that can affect them will find it very easy to spread if they are given even just half a chance to do so.
· 3. Pay close attention to them.
Here is the thing, people are guilty of believing that they can just pot their plants and as they are used to dry and arid conditions that they can be left alone. Well, that is not actually the case. Instead, you need to pay close attention to them as they do need fed, they do need water, light, the correct temperature and so much more. You have to provide them with more upkeep than you are perhaps aware and they are certainly more time consuming than people give them credit for if you are serious about getting them to grow and to be healthy.
· 4. Keep the air circulating.
One thing that succulents hate is stagnant air. They need things to move as this helps to reduce potential moisture build up so we do mean to their roots as well as the leaves. Consider using an electric fan to help with this and you will reduce the chances of fungus and mildew as both of these issues can be very damaging to the plant over an extended period of time.
· 5. Keep the plants dry.
This is obviously something else that is important but you cannot soak the plants and then leave them like that as there is a greater chance of them then picking up diseases and rotting. When you water them only water the soil rather than the foliage just to make life easier. In other words, do not just believe that you can splash the water on and be done with it as that is not the case. Be careful, water gently and your plants will then stand a better chance of being healthier.
· 6. Keep them clean.
Yet another important point is that these plants have to be kept clean. This means you have to avoid splashing them with soil or anything else as the leaves will become damaged and it opens up the possibility of all kinds of diseases and pests to move on in and damage the plants. These pests do not require a lot of persuasion to take hold so if there is mud then remove it and if there are any damaged parts, then remove them as well.
· 7. Be careful with the fertilizer.
Succulents do need to be fed from time to time, but they are not heavy feeders by any means. However, the most important thing is that you use a balanced and mild fertilizer as too much of anything is going to be a huge problem for your succulents. They like balance and they like things to just be perfect if you are going to have them growing.
· 8. Always remove any leaves that are dead.
This is very important, but if you see any leaves that are dead then it is essential that you remove them from the plant as quickly as possible. It does not even matter the reason as to why they did not survive but having dead leaves on there is only going to increase the chances of the plant developing mold and this is going to be a killer.
· 9. Avoid second-hand soil.
If you thought that you would be able to use soil time and time again for different plants, then think again. Instead, soil should never be re-used and there are some very good reasons for that. First, the previous succulent is going to have used up all of the goodness that was initially in the soil but that is not even the primary reason. The main reason is because soil can contain various microbes so you are increasing the chances of you then picking up all kinds of pests and diseases that can damage the new plant.
· 10. Keep affected leaves away from compost.
Here is something that is going to be key to the future success of your succulents if you are making your own compost, if you have dead or diseased leaves then never put them on the pile. You will find that it is all too easy for you to forget that they are there and then you will be introducing those diseases to the new plants leading to them being damaged and becoming rather ill.
· 11. Consider using a perfectly natural pesticide.
If you thought that you were going to have to use all kinds of chemicals to protect your succulents, then think again. Instead, there are completely natural forms out there that can help a huge amount and one of the main things is going to include neem oil. Apparently, so many pests hate neem oil either because of the smell, taste, and the consistency of it so if you cover your plants in this natural product then there is less chance of them being affected.
· 12. Think about using diatomaceous earth as an option.
Now, if you have never heard of diatomaceous earth then it is perhaps a good idea to change that. Basically, this is a type of earth that is very good at draining as it is soft, crumbly, and porous. For succulents, this is going to provide them with the perfect soil conditions as it means that the moisture will get to the roots and then flow out rather than them becoming saturated.
· 13. Look at yellow sticky traps for insects.
Yellow sticky traps are perfect for helping to draw in insects and have them stuck there rather than annoying your succulents. Now, this is going to help with the likes of aphids and whitefly and as long as you have it near then the scent of the trap will draw them in and they will then leave your plants alone.
· 14. Do not forget about insecticidal soap.
This might be completely new to you, but insecticidal soap can be one of your best friends. Basically, this is a special soap that can be sprayed on your plants without harming them and yet it will be a fantastic way at killing off the insects that are on there. This is generally using natural products but at the same time the fact that it does not damage the plant itself is a huge bonus.
· 15. Do not avoid insecticides
Even though you are growing your succulents indoors, it does not mean that your plants are going to be immune to insects. In actual fact, it is going to make virtually no difference whatsoever to the insects and they are still going to find their way there. Now, you do have the option of just leaving it alone but that is not going to be good for the health of your plant, so it is best that you get your head around the fact that you need to use insecticides. They will help you to keep on top of the problem and stop it getting out of hand or your plants that you have lovingly cared for can be destroyed in next to no time.
So, the tips that we have mentioned above are all rather easy to implement and the best part is that they do actually make a difference and you are going to stand a better chance of having happy and healthy succulents. However, do just take your time in following the advice that has been given or you may be slightly disappointed in what you are able to achieve.