Succulent and Cacti Stores Near Me

Succulent and Cacti Stores Near Me

Finally got bitten by the succulent bug? That’s great! Welcome! It was only a matter of time. With just how popular these beauties have become, it’s impossible not to get sucked into their world.

This (popularity) also means that owning one isn’t so hard. There are stores near you with these succulent and cacti. Curious as to how to go about this?

It’s an easy fete: typing something like “succulent and cacti stores near me” is sure to give you more than enough options in or near your area.

But as you probably already know, the wide variety of succulents can be a bit of a bother trying to settle on a few. Of course, that’s assuming you don’t have any particular types in mind. Even then, a couple of do’s and don’ts can help you in making an informed decision.

First, the dos.

Succulent and Cacti Stores Near Me
Assorted succulent displayed in a store @costarorchidstropicals

Your Checklist When Hunting for New Succulents

1. Multiple plants

Not always possible, but why not try.

You may be lucky to land a single container with several plants in it. This is a steal because it means you’ll get a few more additional plants for the price of one. You can always plant them in separate pots once you’re home.

2. Healthy plants only

It seems like a no-brainer, but then it’s just as important to point out. Avoid plants that show any signs of disease or pest attack – or just general unhealthy growth.

Discoloration and mushy leaves and stems are just some of the indicators of a succulent you should avoid. Also, skip plants with broken leaves or stems.

3. New to the game? Go for larger plants

It’s generally accepted that succulents are easy to nurture. But that doesn’t mean they lack their own set of demands.

And when you’re working with smaller, less developed ones, it’s possible to err, especially for a green thumb. Solution?

Get sizeable plants. These a bit more developed and will, therefore, withstand a few caring slip-ups.

4. Hard or soft succulents

Ask if the succulent you’re purchasing is hard or soft. This will help you’ll handle it later on during winter, and whether to plant it indoors or outdoors. The easiest way of determining whether a succulent is hard or soft is by knowing your USDA hardiness zone.


Succulent and Cacti Stores Near Me
Different succulent plants on a table @cacti.cacti

What to Avoid

Steer clear of the following if you wish to start your baby on good ground.

1. Regular potting soil

Regular potting soil has poor drainage. Succulents don’t enjoy this. Use a commercial cacti/succulent mix instead. It drains faster, allowing your plants to enjoy the dry medium they’ve adapted to.

2. Overcrowding

If you get your babies in clusters, be sure to break them up – gently. Leaving them in the crowded state is not a good idea at all. That’s because of the following:

  • Some of them will not get enough light
  • There will be unhealthy competition for nutrients which means some plants will not thrive as they should
  • Crowding provides perfect hideouts for pests

3. Growing an outdoor succulent indoors and vice versa

This all comes down to knowing your USDA hardiness zone and comparing it to that of the plant. If your zone is higher than that of the plant, you can grow the succulent outside. It means it can handle the low temperatures in your area come winter.

Anything contrary to this and you’ll end up with a rotting mass of tissue once winter wraps up – for soft succulents grown outdoors.

4. Placing your indoor succulent just about anywhere you please

It’s understandable: you’re looking to achieve a certain appeal to your room. And placing the succulent in that spot will give you just that.

But will the succulent be getting enough light? You might have to re-think your decision if you answered no.

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