Caring for Succulents in the Spring/Don’t Miss the Care Tips

Caring for Succulents in the Spring

What makes succulents plants so interesting during the Spring? This is the season to enjoy all the colors and shapes of many succulents plants, 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 plants are showcasing their intensity and majestic colors.

Here’s something we could learn from our succulents plants, stress is not always a bad thing. It brings beauty and joy! (At least for succulents plants it does). The reason we’re calling it stress is simple. It is common in the succulents’ world that the exposure to more sunlight, fluctuations in the weather and changes in watering habits encourage great change in our succulents plants.

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 light and seasonal changes in climate help bring the best-looking succulents plants to life.

Green succulent plant
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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 the 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.

Delosperma Congestum Gold Nugget
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Drosanthemum speciosum— “Rosea”

With purple flowers blooming during the springtime, its nickname Rosea couldn’t be any more fitting. Growing low to the ground and quite durable in poor soil mixes, this succulent can survive what most can’t.

Drosanthemum Speciosum Rosea
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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 superhero type of nickname).

Sedum Adolphi Firestorm plant
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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?

Aloe Maculata Soap Aloe plant
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Gardenia

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.

White gardenia succulent plant
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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, a master gardener in 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.

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Also, the 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. 

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, especially 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 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!

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Remember, succulents are drought-tolerant plants, they don’t need as much watering as other garden plant 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 losing 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 allows them to keep growing healthy and strong.

 

Hens and chicks succulent plant
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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 an eye for, such as snails and aphids. If you notice them, here are 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 nocturnal 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 a 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!)
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  • Diatomaceous earth – Also known as D.E. (found in gardening supplier stores), mix in with your soil or add some in the top near the stems of your succulents. 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 this product before using them. 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!)
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  • 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!
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That’s it! Not many 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.

Also if you are succulent obsessed & are on Facebook, would you mind joining our Facebook Group “Succulent City’s Plant Lounge

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 Best Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth or even The Correct Way to Water Succulents today!

Best Grow Lights Reviewed by Succulent Lovers

Top Grow Lights for Succulents

Welcome back, friends! Before we get started, we’re super excited to share with you this awesome collaboration we have with Amazon! Since our audience is super die-hard fans of succulents, Amazon wanted to provide you with a 30 day free trial to Prime so that you can get all the succulent goodies with 2 day free shipping! (We’ve taken advantage of this already with one of our new planters, we were so excited!)

Let us know if you get a new planter too!

Some succulents like snake plants can thrive in low light conditions, but others? Not so much! It can be hard to provide most succulents with the amount of sunlight they need, especially if you’re growing them indoors. They need between 4 and 6 hours of bright, direct sunlight per day. That can be hard to provide, even in the sunniest home!

If your succulents are looking a little pale or aren’t growing as fast as you’d like, you might want to supplement the natural light they’re getting with a grow light. Artificial grow light won’t hurt your succulents—it will actually make them healthier overall and prevent etiolation. They’ll grow a lot quicker and have a better chance of blooming, too! If you need some tips on growing your succulents indoors, head over to our article about indoor succulent care!

Take a look at this list of the best grow lights—you’ll be able to find one both you and your succulents love!

Plant LED Light Kit with Timer Function 

If you want a modern grow light that will fit right in with your contemporary furnishings, this LED grow light kit is the one! It has a white shelf that holds your plants, so it looks more like a piece of home decor than a grow light. It has white LED lights, not red and blue, so it won’t give off that distracting purple glow that some other grow lights do.

It looks a little small from the outside, but one reviewer who keeps her cacti and lithops in it said that the inside space is pretty big. She shared some pictures of her set up and had a large dish garden and two medium-sized plants in there, so it can actually fit a pretty big portion of your succulent collection!

One of the main reasons this LED grow light is going on our wishlist is the timer function. It automatically turns off after 16 hours, giving your plants the perfect amount of artificial light each day. This grow light is just as low maintenance as our succulents because it turns itself on and off, which is a feature we really love!

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GrowLED Plant Grow Light
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Grow LED Mini Garden is designed for indoor planting, it simulates sunlight to supply plants the useful light they need for growing. Full-spectrum comfort human's eyes. Automatically 16hrs on and 8hrs off, the timer function enables it to supply proper light.


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Clip-on LED Desk Grow Light

This little LED grow light is perfect for small apartments! It easy to install, doesn’t take up a lot of space. Another thing that we love about this LED grow light is that it has an adjustable gooseneck, which is perfect for when it’s time to water your plants!

It allows you to change the angle of the light or move it closer to or further away from your succulent. This is a great feature to have because you can adjust the position of the grow light based on the height of your plant. No more dealing with tall, sunburned succulents that were too close to the light!

We also like that this grow light was designed for and tested on succulents! The manufacturer put pictures from their four- week- test at the bottom of the Amazon listing. The succulents had a nice, healthy blush at the end of the four weeks, so if you have colored succulents that are starting to lose their vibrancy, give this grow light a try!

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GHodec LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants
$16.99

Full Spectrum Dual Head Desk Clip Plant Light for Seedling Blooming, Adjustable Gooseneck & Timer Setting 3H/9H/12H,3 Color Modes

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Red and Blue Spectrum Dimmable Grow Light

We’ll admit it—red and blue spectrum grow lights give off a purple glow that can be a little distracting. But we use them because they’re the absolute best lights for our succulents. Your succulents require red and blue light to both grow and flower, so this light will give them exactly what they require. One reviewer said that her string of hearts plant grew significantly after being under this grow light for just one month, so red and blue light really works!

Another feature that we like is this light’s programmable timer. It will turn the light off after 3, 6, or 12 hours. You can also dim this grow light, so if your succulents don’t respond well to a strong light setting and start to get a little sunburned, you can turn down the intensity really easily. It also has an adjustable gooseneck that allows you to position the light closer or further away from your succulents, which ensures that they’re the perfect distance away from the light (which is usually 18 to 24 inches).

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Full Spectrum LED Grow Light for Plants
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Four Heads Plant Light 96W 176 LEDs Lamps Red/Blue/Yellow Spectrum, 3/6/12H Timer, 6 Dimmable Level, 4 Switch Modes, Adjustable Gooseneck for Indoor Plants.

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LED Grow Light Bulb Full Spectrum 

This grow light bulb is full-spectrum, so it’s just about the closest thing you can get to natural sunlight. It will support your plant’s growth and make its colors more vibrant, which is what one succulent lover experienced when he started using this grow light.

He uses this light as a supplement to the natural light he gives his plant babies each day. He said that his plants are growing faster and looking more vibrant than they did with natural sunlight alone. Aren’t those awesome results!

One of the other things we love about this grow light is that you can install it into a lamp. Some grow lights are kind of big and bulky and don’t fit in with the design of your home. But this light can be hidden away inside your favorite lamp, like this light, so no one will even know it’s there!

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SANSI 15W LED Grow Light Bulb
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Full Spectrum Grow Lights for Indoor Plants, Plant Grow Light for Hydroponic Indoor Garden Succulent Veg Flower, E26 Plant Light Bulb Sunlight White, Full Cycle, 120V

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Large Fluorescent Grow Lamp 

If you have a big succulent collection, then this is the lamp you wanna get! It’s 2 whole feet long, so you can fit lots of plants underneath it. It uses fluorescent lightbulbs, which are less energy efficient than LED lights, so it costs a little more money to run. But some succulent lovers swear by fluorescent lights and say they’re better for your plants than LEDs. So the extra costs may be worth it!

One succulent lover said that setting up this grow light was super easy and that her entire cacti collection fits underneath it. She liked it so much that she’s buying another one for the rest of her plant collection. That’s quite the endorsement!

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DuroLux T5 Grow Light
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Plugin and go with this beautiful light. Perfect for indoor gardens, greenhouses, almost anywhere. If you buy multiple, you will be able to connect them together with daisy-chaining.

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We highly recommend getting yourself one of these artificial lights before the cold weather rolls around so you and your succulent babies can stay toasty warm together in the winter! Aside from getting a good artificial light, check here for our article about care of succulents in the winter.

Now that you know some of the benefits of artificial light and what the best grow lights for succulents are, which one will you choose? You can also share any alternative finds you dig up so we can check those out as well. Let us know in the comments section below!

Share your experience of grow lights in our Facebook Group! Other fellow succulent- lovers would sure love the advice and insight you can provide!

If you liked this read you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read.

Thanks for reading and happy planting! 

5 Succulents You can Grow in a Coffee Mug

Succulents you can grow in a coffee mug

Did you know that you can grow succulents in coffee mugs? (How cute!)

Coffee mugs are actually one of our favorite DIY planters! They’re super easy to make —all you need is a coffee mug and a drill to make a small drainage hole in the bottom of the mug.

Coffee mugs aren’t as big as other planters, but they’re great for small succulents. We’ve compiled this list of mini succulents to help you pick a plant that won’t outgrow its adorable coffee mug container anytime soon!

Let’s dive into the mini succulents below!

1. Haworthia Fasciata— the Zebra Plant

Haworthia fasciata the zebra plant
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Zebra plants usually stay between three and five inches tall, so they’re the perfect succulent for small, delicate teacups! We love how distinctive their leaves are—they’re pointy, green, and covered with white dots or bands.

We’d put our Zebra Plant in an equally spotty teacup, like this black and white polka-dotted one. Wouldn’t that look adorable?!

We think having a set up like this on your window sill but with 3 coffee mugs will look super cute! Just be careful the pets or small children don’t knock it over, we don’t need that to happen.

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Being super cute isn’t the only thing this succulent has going for it! It’s easy to care for and can tolerate some shade, so it makes a great houseplant. To keep it healthy and happy, put it in a spot where it gets bright, indirect sunlight for a few hours a day and water it about once a week.

You can buy a Zebra plant from Etsy here.

2. Crassula Ovata— the ‘Hobbit’ Jade Plant

Crassula ovata the hobbit jade plant
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With a nickname like ‘Hobbit’, not to be confused with this hobbit, it’s no surprise that this succulent is small!

This Jade Plant grows slowly and stays pretty small, especially if you keep it indoors. It has woody branches that can be pruned just like a bonsai to keep its growth in check.

This plant may be tiny, but it’s supposed to bring big riches to its owners. People in China keep this plant in the entrances of their shops and restaurants in the hopes that it will attract customers and good fortune to their businesses.

We’d keep this plant around just because it’s pretty, but it’s a definite bonus that it may grant us luck and prosperity!

This Jade can tolerate low light conditions, but we like to keep ours in a sunny part of our home. Its leaves develop a beautiful red tinge when exposed to direct sunlight that you won’t want to miss.

If you’re having trouble finding a good source of light inside your home you might have to get a grow light. We recommend using grow lights that have flexible arms like this so you can have control over the lighting.

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As for water, this plant doesn’t need much. Water it every one to two weeks and plant it in a soil with good drainage so that it doesn’t develop root rot.

You can buy this fantastic succulent here!

3. Echeveria— ‘Princess Blue’

Echeveria in coffee mug
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We love Echeverias because they have stunning rosettes! Echeverias don’t grow larger than about twelve inches, so they’ll fit in most coffee mugs. We think a white mug kind of like those latte mugs will suit match wonderfully with this echeveria above.

We chose this Echeveria cultivar because it has absolutely beautiful blue-green leaves. The leaves stay a pretty pale blue color if they don’t get a lot of sunlight, but turn a deeper blue with more sun exposure.

We’d also plant our ‘Princess Blue’ in a blue floral mug and set it on a bright, sunny windowsill. The blue tones in the mug and all of the sunshine would really bring out this succulent’s gorgeous coloring!

Get this succulent now from Etsy!

4. Astrophytum Asteria— ‘Star Cactus’

Star cactus succulent
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The Star Cactus has a cute round body that would look great peeking out of a coffee mug! It only grows to be about two to six inches in diameter, so it will fit in coffee mugs from large to small.

We think it would look especially great with our cactus themed coffee mug, though. Can you imagine anything cuter than a cactus in a cactus mug?!

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This cactus has tiny white dots all over it that contrast beautifully with its dark green body. It produces big yellow flowers in the spring that will really brighten up your home, so consider making it your next succulent purchase!

Looking for an adventure? You will love these Astrophytum Asterias seeds! 

Sempervivum— ‘Red Nails’

Sempervivums in coffee mug
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This Sempervivum has small green and burgundy rosettes that we love! This plant is small and stays between two and eight inches in diameter, so you can put it in any mug your heart desires.

You can buy it from Etsy here!

One of the things we love about this succulent is that it has light webbing. That’s something you don’t see on a lot of succulents, and we think it looks really cool!

Another unique thing about this plant is that it produces a lot of offsets, which are baby succulent plants. The offsets grow from a stem connected to the main plant called a stolon. If you buy this plant, you’ll probably get lots of offsets that you can separate and plant in another coffee mug!

To keep your Sempervivum looking healthy, bright, and colorful, give it plenty of direct sunlight. Don’t water it too often—once every week or two should be enough. Make sure to keep the soil dry in between waterings to prevent root rot. If you have trouble remembering when you should water your succulents maybe have this succulent calendar help you out.

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We hope that this post has given you some DIY inspiration and helped you plan out your next succulent purchase!

Which plant do you want to buy the most? We want to get our hands on a Star Cactus and Zebra Plant. Let us know your favorites in the comments below! Or you can let us know in our exclusive group, the Succulent Plant Lounge.

Loved learning about succulents and now inspired to add more to your collection?! (We don’t blame you) Check out Succulent City’s new line of ebooks covering topics from, “All the Types of Succulents for Indoor and Outdoor,” “Different Types of Planters,” and many more helpful in-depth ebooks. Head to this link to view our full line of ebooks and get started with our complementary guide. 

Thanks for reading our article on some of the mini succulents that are out there, happy planting!

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