What makes succulents so interesting during the Spring? This is the season to enjoy all the color and shapes of many succulents, while other plant types try to show-off, succulent plants are the masters at it. (Prove us wrong)!
Blooms will begin to pop-up and with a little help from our great friend, the sun, succulents are showcasing their intensity and majestic colors.
Here’s something we could learn from our succulents, stress is not always a bad thing. It brings beauty and joy! (At least for succulents it does). The reason we’re calling it stress is simple. It is common in the succulents’ world that the exposure to more sun light, fluctuations in the weather and changes in watering habits encourages great change in our succulents.
When they’re exposed to bright and constant light (about 4 – 6 hours per day) all kind of shades starts to appear in the most wonderful way. The sun light and seasonal changes in climate help bring the best looking succulents to life.
Beautiful changes are very prominent succulent plants like the Pachyveria Bluepearl succulent plant. The succulent’s leaves change from silky blue tones to vibrant red tones. Another succulent plant that experiences incredible appearance changes is the Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi, its pinkish and purple tones are so majestic!
It’s truly amazing what succulents can do when exposed to more light, but keep in mind that majority of succulents such as many echeverias thrive when they’re planted in pots with some protection from direct light. (Which is why a lot of care guides suggest that succulents get indirect sunlight rather than direct).
During the Spring, be conscious of where the sun hits your succulents. Be sure to still be mindful of how and where your succulent is placed. If the light is too harsh, re-position your succulent so that there are no direct hotspots on the precious succulent. (We don’t want our babies to dry out).
Popular Spring Succulents
Delosperma Congestum— “Gold Nugget”
It’s easy to understand why this succulent plant gets the nickname Gold Nugget. Its vibrancy and bright yellow flowers are hard to miss. During the winter months the leaves of the Delosperma Congestum succulent turns more of a maroon color.
Drosanthemum Speciosum— “Rosea”
With purple flowers blooming during the spring time, its nickname Rosea couldn’t be anymore fitting. Growing low to the ground and quite durable in poor soil mixes, this succulent can survive what most can’t.
Sedum Adolphi— “Firestorm “
This golden sedum speaks for itself. With the bright oranges and yellows it produces as it grows, it’s definitely quite the eye catcher. Its nickname is even Firestorm! (Talk about a super hero type of nickname).
Aloe Maculata— “Soap Aloe”
Are you mesmerized yet? Known as the Soap Aloe, this succulent has quite the structure and shape. The bluish green tints as you get closer to the center of the succulent plant absolutely beautiful! Don’t you agree?
This is as pure as it gets, just look at the hue in that white pigment! Delicate and soft, the gardenia plant takes a lot of maintenance in order to stay healthy and growing. Be sure you are prepared to get your hands full when taking care of this beautiful plant.
Why Caring for Succulents in Spring can be Different
We are in the growing season for most of the succulents species, many are “waking up”, meaning they grow again and start developing new pups, talk about more succulents! Aloes and Echeverias are just some of the spring loving plants.
According to Anne Lowings, master gardener in the Sonoma County at the University of California, to grow really big and showy succulents, apply small doses of a balanced liquid fertilizer to help them. We highly recommend this liquid fertilizer for succulents & cacti by Cute Farms. It’s super gentle on your plant babies & its a monthly use formula. We highly recommend checking it out here.
Also weather condition is a big difference, leaving behind the chill breeze, welcoming a loving bright sun and occasional blissful rain, enhance the beauty of each species, wherever they are planted in. Have you seen the 12 minimalist planters we recommended, they’re simple but aesthetically pleasing.
Grow your Succulents to Success
In order for succulent success, search for the needs of each cultivation in order to apply their specific water needs, specially if you plant them between other non-succulents plants. (You can also check out our article on when you should water your succulents, it has more than 2000 shares)!
Be sure to avoid water hogs by planting them in mounts with great soil draining practices. But, before adding the the soil, make room where you can place a good layer of rocks for an even better drainage system, then add the soil. If you are looking for soil recommendations. We use this fast draining + zero root rot succulent soil by Bonsai Jack in our office & we can’t say enough good things about it!
Remember, succulents are drought tolerant plants, they don’t need as much watering as other garden plants types. With this in mind, use the rule of thumb, which is the easiest way to know when they need water. Soil should be at least two inches deep dry before you water them. When leaves pucker or are loosing their gloss it is also an indicator that they are not receiving enough water.
When our beauties are growing in the garden, rainfall is a great blessing for them. This provides soil enriching minerals and washes away any dirt or dust in their leaves, helping them to absorb nutrients and generate oxygen which allow them to keep growing healthy and strong.
Controlling those Pests during Spring
The best thing you can do to help your succulent is to avoid their sitting in water, overwatering our succulents we could cause rot and welcome many pests, like mealybugs. They are tissue sucking insects and hard to see at the beginning. Usually they lodge deep in the layers of echeverias, sempervivums and other rosettes shape. (Check out the other ways in why your succulents are dying here).
Besides mealybugs, there are other kinds of pests to keep and eye for, such as snails and aphids. If you notice them, here’s some things you can do to get rid of them…
- Remove snails by hand – Eww gross! It’s okay to be hands on sometimes. They are night creatures so wait for the dusk or early morning hours to eliminate the threat while it is active. These creatures leave a slimy trail after them, so that’s an easy way to discover where they are. If you really don’t want to get your hands dirty though, just use a pair of succulent tweezers, make sure they are sterile too! Don’t have pair of succulent tweezers? This succulent tool kit by Ginsco has them and it’s super affordable. (you can use that scooper for easy soil distribution on your tiny planters too!)
- Diatomaceous earth – Also known as D.E. (found in gardening supplier stores), mix in with you soil or add some in the top near your succulents stems. This contains about 80%-90% silica, which helps kill insects by dehydrating them, but while capturing unwanted material allows liquid to flow through. Take precautions if you are using this product, diatomaceous earth in large amounts can be a health risk for humans. Avoid skin contact. We recommend reading more about these product before using it. If your local gardening store doesn’t have Diatomaceous Earth Powder, we recommend this one by Harris Co. It’s food grade safe & includes a free powder duster so you don’t have to worry about skin contract. (win win for everyone!)
- Organic pesticides – Follow the label instructions and protect the succulents from the sun while you treat them with the pesticide.
- Insecticidal soap – Spray it on affected succulents both stems and leaves, keep using every 3 – 7 days (according to the brand instructions) to eliminate bugs. We have a small outdoor succulent garden at our office & we have used this insect soap by Safer Brand in the past. Sometimes they have a sale on their 2 packs, so we always recommend waiting & stocking up because, who doesn’t love a good sale!
That’s it! Not much differences in taking care of succulents in spring as much as you would’ve thought right? It’s fairly simple and similar to how you’d care for succulents from other seasons.
Enjoy the beauty of each succulent species, help them grow healthy and watch how much of a presence they’ll bring to your home this Spring! Also here are 16 more succulent types in case you’re interested.
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