6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents (Review)

6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents

Thick, supple and firm leaves are the ultimate features of a healthy succulent. Sure, watering your succulent and keeping it out of too much sun will enhance its growth. Keeping it thriving, that is the ultimate goal. To achieve that, it helps if you feed your succulent with excellent fertilizer.

The key is to get the right balance between the fertilizer for your succulents, and the water you are feeding it. Excessive watering, all the nutrients within the fertilizer will be flushed out. Too little water, and you may end up creating problems with the roots and leaves from the fertilizer. Here are the 6 best fertilizers for succulents— meeting a wide variety of needs.

 

6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents
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Dr. Earth Premium Gold Pure & Natural Fertilizer

This is the ideal fertilizer to use for your plants when you notice it changing color by turning pale or going yellow. This fertilizer has nitrogen and also adds potassium and phosphorous to the soil. It has a concentration of 10-10-10, meaning 10% nitrogen, 10% potassium, and 10% phosphorus. The nitrogen works wonders on the leaves, the potassium is excellent to help succulent fight disease, and the phosphorus helps with healthy root growth and will help flowers bloom. 

You need to be careful when mixing this fertilizer though, to make sure that it is not too concentrated. If it is, it could burn up the roots and destroy them, killing off your plants. Ideally, you should take about one teaspoon of this fertilizer and then mix it in with a gallon of water. Use this fertilizer when you are watering your plants, instead of plain water. Make sure it is nice and hot so that the roots can absorb their nutrients.


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Organic Worms

If you are interested in a fertilizer that is totally organic, then get yourself a few wiggly worms. Worms release worm castings, which is their nutrient-rich waste. You can have the worms growing in a small container and feed them on small vegetable wastes to get them to release the castings. In fact, these have more than 60 different nutrients including carbon, calcium, nitrogen, magnesium and more.

Use worm castings to balance the pH of the soil for your succulents, making it easier for them to soak up all those delightful nutrients. When potting your succulent, all you need to do is mix in the worm castings with your soil.

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Red Wiggler Earthworms
$32.99

Live, healthy red wiggler earthworms. Grown in Sustainable Conditions. Great for composting and producing quality castings for fertilizer.


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Grow Better Organic Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer

To give your succulents food for an extended period of time, you need a slow-release fertilizer and the offering from Grow Better is an excellent choice. Once you have applied it, it takes at least two months to release all the nutrients into the soil. This means that it will be feeding your succulents for a long time, keeping the roots healthy and helping it thrive through the growing season. It is ideal for using on succulents indoors as well as outdoors and works well with a variety of different soils. You can choose how you want to use it— either by mixing it in with potting soil or adding it to your top dressing.

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GrowBetter Organic Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer
$8.89

Great slow-release for indoor & outdoor cacti and succulents. Can be pre-mixed with potting soils or top-dressed. OMRI Listed.


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Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food

Liquid fertilizer is an excellent option for giving your succulents a health boost. It seeps deep into the soil, offering lasting nourishment to thirsty roots. Miracle-Gro succulent plant food is the best option if you have succulents that are looking a little bit under the weather. It offers an instant boost to them, restoring them back to health in record time. This succulent fertilizer comes concentrated, so you would need to read the directions carefully to make sure you get your mix right for your soil.


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Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food
$9.16

Made for all cacti, jade, aloe, and other popular succulents.

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Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea

You might be tempted to create your own manure tea, however, choosing a quality one will be so much better for your plants. Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea has been perfectly balanced to ensure there is nothing within it that will burn your plants. You prepare it just as you would a cup of tea – steep into some water so that the nutrients go out. It needs to sit in the water for at least 24 hours, though a little more would be better. The color of the water will be brown. Then, when the soil is dry on your plants, use this solution to water them.

Just like a tea bag, you can use this twice, though the second time around, you need to let it steep for twice the time.

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Manuretea Horse Manure Tea
$12.95

Your house plants, container plants, vegetable garden, shrubs, lawns will thrive when you condition the soil with Haven’s Natural Brew Tea.

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When you are planning to fertilize your succulents, there is one thing that you should keep in mind— the weather. In the winter, you will be giving your plants a break from the water, so it makes sense to give them a break from fertilizer too. Check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” for a more detailed explanation. Make sure that you fertilize your plants when you know they’re growing actively. This will prevent harmful salts from building up in the soil. This would ideally be in the summer when they thrive through the heat. Feeding your succulents with fertilizer three times a year is more than enough to ensure they remain healthy.

Choose the succulent of your choice and ensure that your succulents have all the right nutrients to help them grow. It is rumored that these plants do not need any fertilizers added to the soil. No doubt, they may survive without them, but survival is not enough. Give them the best possible chance to thrive with and of these six amazing fertilizers.

Thank you for reading! Make sure to leave a comment telling us which fertilizer works best in your experience. You should join us in our exclusive Facebook Group, Succulent City Plant Lounge, where succulent enthusiasts, like yourself, share experiences, tips, and photos to help inspire your inner- gardener!

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6 Best Indoor Succulents And Everything You Need To Know

6 Best Succulents for Indoor Gardens

When it comes to being a plant parent, succulents are easy fan favorites. Most types of succulents are easy to take care of, requiring relatively little attention compared to flowers and other houseplants.

And though succulents are a great, low-maintenance way to bring some green life into your home, some species of succulents are rather fussy when it comes to the amount of sunlight and temperatures they need to survive, while others can’t deal with the dry air that comes with being indoors.

Worse, some succulents are even known to be toxic to animals, so even though they might thrive in indoor environments, they might not be the best roommates for your furry friends.

Luckily, some succulents were seemingly made to sit atop your mantle without posing any threats to your animals or needing much effort when it comes to their watering schedules and positioning in the sun. Check out the best indoor succulents to add to your collection.

1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

Hanging Burros Tail Succulent Plant
Burro’s Tail Succulent Image: @plant.heart.city

The Burro’s Tail succulent is unlike the short, stubby plants you might picture when you hear the word “succulent.” As it ages, it gets pretty leggy, making it a great hanging plant as opposed to one you might place on a table or mantle. Even so, the Burro’s Tail thrives indoors where temperatures remain around the 70s. According to Nell at Joy Us Garden, a Burro’s Tail does need at least 4 hours of sun a day, but a bright shade or a partial sun will do. Plus, the ASPCA reports that this succulent won’t do your pets any harm.

We have an article you can check out here all about Burro’s Tail.

2. Haworthia

Potted Haworthia Succulent Plant in Bucket Planter
Haworthia Image: @hinterland_plants

According to Baylor Chapman, author and founder of florist company Lila B. Design, Haworthias are “tough, tough, tough” — in a good way, of course. According to Our House Plants, Haworthias can survive through just about anything, and even tolerate periods of neglect pretty well (meaning you can go on vacation without checking in to make sure your friends remember to come over and care for it). They do best without a lot of direct sunlight and are perfectly fine in average temperatures.

At only around three to five inches tall, the small plant can pretty much go anywhere in your house without having to be repotted. And though its relative, Aloe Vera, is very poisonous to both humans and animals if ingested, the Haworthia is a safe indoor companion.

Check out our article about this interesting Zebra Plant – Haworthia Fasciata!

3. Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis)

Copper Spoons Succulent Plant
Copper Spoons Succulent Image: @ecophilia

What sets this taller, tree-like plant apart from other succulents is its velvety copper leaves. It has a high heat-tolerance, so you can place it in those full-sun spots in your house that many other plants can’t handle. Plus, “it’s indestructible!” Flora Grubb Gardens garden designer Daniel Nolan told Sunset. “You can go on vacation for a month and not kill it.” Though Copper Spoons can apparently get up to a meter tall, they’re slow growers and when grown indoors, remain relatively small.

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4. Echeveria

Echeveria Succulent Plant Close Up
Echeveria Succulent Plant Image: @erikassucculents

According to Certified Urban Agriculturalist Bonnie L. Grant, “Echeveria care is practically foolproof.” It doesn’t get much better than that! Youngs Garden Shop explains that these succulents prefer placement in bright filtered light, such as natural sunlight through a window, and urges keeping it in that same spot as “dramatic changes in lighting can stress plants out.” They don’t need any fertilizer and you only have to water them once the soil is dry, so your life with an Echeveria will be pretty stress-free!

5. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Ponytail Palm Succulent Plant
Ponytail Palm Image: @jensjunglelife

If you love the look of palm trees but don’t live in the right climate, consider a Ponytail Palm. Though they are a type of succulent, their long leaves and thin trunk are deceiving! Like palm trees, Ponytails do best in full sun but are capable of surviving in lower light as well — it just might not get as large. Though Ponytails can reach about eight feet tall fully grown, they don’t need to be repotted and don’t require much watering.

6. Air Plant

Hanging Air Succulent Plant
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For those who can’t stand the thought of having to clean up any stray clumps of dirt in the house, you’re gonna love this: Air Plants can grow without soil. Seriously! According to Nell at Joy Us Garden, these special succulents grow by attaching themselves to other plants (but don’t worry — they’re not parasitic). They thrive in bright, indirect light, and as for temps, they like it pretty close to the same way we all do — below 90 and above freezing. Simple.

When it comes to watering, Air Plants do differ a bit from your typical succulents. You can easily spray them with water from a spray bottle, which you should do about one to two times a week, depending on how dry or humid the air in your house is. “But what they really like is to be soaked,” according to Nell from Joy Us Garden, a process that will keep your Air Plant happy for as long as two weeks. “The best way to water an air plant is to submerge it in a dish of water for 12 hours,” according to HGTV. “Air plants only take up as much water as they need, so you won’t overwater by doing this.”


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Choosing the Right Pot for Succulents (Guide)

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents

Choosing the right pot for your succulents is not an easy task! With so many adorable planters in all shapes and sizes out there, how do you know which one to pick?

While picking a planter with a design you love is important, today we’re going to talk about the more practical things you have to consider when buying a succulent pot, like drainage and size.

Choosing a pot with proper drainage and sizing will ensure the health of your plant babies for years to come… so don’t just pick the prettiest planter on the shelf! (Although it’s fun to do this sometimes!) Make sure it fits these parameters too so it won’t damage your succulents.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
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Drainage for Your Succulent Plants

Drainage is the most important thing to consider when choosing the right pot for succulents. If your pot doesn’t have good drainage, your succulents are at risk of root rot and other symptoms of overwatering, like mushy, yellow leaves.

Your succulent can even die if it sits in too much water, so you have to give any excess water in the pot a place to go. Enter drainage holes! They’ll allow water to drain from your pot quickly so that your succulents don’t get waterlogged.

There are plenty of adorable pots with drainage holes, like this aqua sunburst planter. But if you have your heart set on a trendy planter without good drainage like a glass terrarium, you can make it work with some careful planning and skill, it might just take more work on your end.

If you want to plant your succulents in a glass terrarium, or any other succulent planter without drainage holes, you’ll have to water them sparingly. You want to pour enough water into the container to wet the soil, but not so much that it will pool in the bottom. If you do create a little puddle of water in the bottom of the container, your succulents could end up dying of root rot because there’s nowhere for the water to go.

So when you’re using a container without proper drainage, always steer on the side of under-watering. And make sure to plant your succulents in a porous succulent soil similar to this so that doesn’t retain too much water—it’ll help prevent your plants from rotting!

Check out our full article if you would like some tips on watering your succulents.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Best Materials Used for Succulent Planters

The best pot for succulents is one made out of terracotta (clay) or ceramic. Both of these materials are nice and breathable, so they’ll work in indoor areas that might not get a lot of airflow. Since they allow air to flow and water to escape, terracotta and ceramic pots reduce the chances of your succulents dying from overwatering or root rot. That’s why they’re such a great choice for new succulent owners and people with brown thumbs—they make hardy little succulents even harder to kill!

There’s plenty of beautiful ceramic and terracotta pots out there, so you should be able to find one that you love! We have very cute and tiny terracotta pots on one of the office window sills, if you want to check them out here’s where we got them.

For planters a little more on the rustic side, check out our article on how to make driftwood planters for your succulents!

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Size of Your Pot Matters

When it comes to the right pot size, you may think bigger is better. You want to give your succulents plenty of room to grow, so planting them in a big pot is the way to do that… right?

Well actually, planting your succulents in a pot that’s too big for them can be detrimental to their growth and overall health! Planting your succulent in a properly sized pot, which should only have an inch or two of extra room around the sides at most, actually encourages it to grow. When your succulent’s roots reach the bottom and sides of the pot and don’t have a lot more room to spread out, your plant will produce new top growth above the soil instead, which is what you want to see! 

Putting your succulents in the right containers also has another positive effect—it reduces their chances of dying from root rot. Soil retains moisture, so big pots that have more of it will retain more moisture. This puts your succulents at risk of water damage and root rot. Bigger is not always better, so plant your succulents in a small enough pot to keep them healthy!

If you’re ever concerned about if your succulent’s health, take a look at our articles Why Your Succulents are Dying or How to Tell if Your Cactus is Dying. We’ve helped thousands of plant lovers save their succulents and cacti.

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Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Repotting Succulents

OK, I know we were just talking about how pots that are too big are bad for your succulents. But on the flip side, pots that are too small aren’t good for your plant babies either. 

After a few years of living in the same pot, your succulent might outgrow it. It might become top heavy and start falling over in its container, or shooting out roots through the drainage holes of the pot because it’s trying to grow, but has no more room. In those situations, it’s a good idea to repot your succulent into a slightly larger container, because the small pot is likely stunting its growth. Here’s the best soil to use for your succulents for optimal growth in your favorite planter.

Succulents should be transplanted into containers that are an inch or two larger than their original container about once every two or three years. The beginning of your succulent’s growing season is the best time to repot. After transplanting your plant baby into a cute new container, wait a few days before you water it to give it a chance to root and acclimate to its new surroundings.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents
Choosing the right pot for your succulents

Now that you know how to choose the right pot for your succulents, are you going to repot some of your plant babies? Let us know in the comments section below! For some inspiration on how to design your own succulent garden, check out our Pinterest and Instagram for daily content! Or swing on over to our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City Plant Lounge, where you can learn additional tips and tricks from fellow succulent lovers.

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Continue expanding your succulent knowledge! Take a look at some additional Succulent City articles like Top 5 Hanging Succulent Planters Worth Having, 10 Beginner Mistakes When Growing Succulents, and Sedum Morganianum— The Burro’s Tail Plant.

Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If not, no worries. Succulent City is devoted to aiding all succulent lovers, and that’s why we created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on Different Types of Planters or even Succulent Drainage Requirements today!

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