Hands down, the number one killer of succulent plants (and most other plants) is over watering. I have seen some succulents survive for over six months without a drop of water. Many people purchase succulents because they fall in love with the look of them, then make the mistake of caring for the succulents as if they were any other plant. In reality, succulents can be some of the easiest plants to care for, if given just a few SIMPLE things.
- Most succulents worship the sun. Find a sunny spot for your plants where they can soak up those rays.
- The majority of succulents we use in container gardening are not cold hardy. Bring your plants in the home before first frost and place them in a well lit window.
- Water management is important with succulents. During the growing season, water them thoroughly when the soil is dry. During late fall and winter, cut back watering to once every 1-2 weeks.
- Succulents need a well drained pot. Pick a pot with a drain hole of some sort.
Given the tenacious nature of succulents, they can be used in a variety of creative applications. Experiment with different mediums for a unique and artistic look. Framed panels for hanging around the home, as well as wreaths and old shoes make excellent planters for succulents. The most important thing to do with succulent container gardening is to have fun! Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to try different plants in different applications. You will quickly learn how easy it is to care for these little bullet proof plants, and I think you will love them as much as we do.