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Follow these tips for all succulents, cacti and air plants.
Succulents & Cacti
- Water succulents only when the soil is completely dry
- Drench soil thoroughly, do not use a spray bottle
- Avoid water on leaves, use a straw to blow any excess water off
- Over-watering will lead to root rot and kill your succulent quickly
- Under-watered succulents will have wrinkled leaves and be limp
- Most succulents prefer full or partial sun
- When indoors place them by a bright window or under grow lights
- If you see stretching, greening or fading, your succulents need more light
- Protect from heavy rain and extreme temperatures in full sun areas during the summer.
- If placing your pot outside in full sun, start in filtered sun and transition over the course of two weeks to prevent sunburn and damage to plants.
Dry or Broken Leaves
- As succulents grow, old foliage near the base of the plant will naturally wilt and die. You can remove these dry leaves without harming the plant.
- If a healthy leaf is broken off a new leaf will replace it.
- For many succulents a mature, healthy leaf can be removed from the plant to propagate into new succulents. Simply place the leaf on a plate and wait for roots to grow. Then move to dirt and let them set on top of soil until a baby plant sprouts from the end for the leaf. Wait until the mother leaf is completely dried up then plant the new plant in soil and begin to water every couple days until the plant establishes healthy roots, then water only when completely dry.
- Air plants are unique plants that will not survive in dirt.
- They absorb water through their leaves.
- They require a sunny spot and air flow.
- Water with a spray bottle 2 or 3 times a week or soak for 4 – 8 hours every 1-2 weeks.
Here are some tips for the type of water to use when watering air plants.
- Do not use softened water as the salt present in it can build up in the plant leaves.
- Do not use distilled water.
- If using tap water, allow it to sit at room temperature for 24 hours for the chlorine to dissipate.
- Rain water is a great option.