Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off? Succulent Care tips

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off

It’s easy to tell when your succulent is in distress. When it starts doing things like dropping leaves left and right, you know it’s not healthy or happy. But figuring out why your succulents babies are in trouble is really hard!

There are so many factors that affect plant health. Water, sunlight, temperature, the soil you use, and even the pot you’ve put your plant in can affect its health. With so many variables, how are you supposed to care & figure out why the leaves of your succulents are dropping like flies?

That’s what we’re here to help you with today! Unfortunately, we can’t come to your house and diagnose your plant in person, but we can give you the info you need to figure out what’s wrong on your own. By the end of this post, you’ll be an expert plant doctor!

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Why are my succulents leaves falling off? @mijardin.pe

Low Light Succulents

Succulents can start to drop their leaves if they’re kept in low light conditions for too long. You’ll know that your plant has this issue if it looks tall and stretched out. Sun-starved succulents will also start growing towards a light source. So if your plant seems to be growing sideways to get closer to a window, that’s another sign that lack of light is the problem.

Luckily, this issue is really easy to fix! All you have to do is put your plant someplace sunnier, or put it under a grow light like this one— and for additional grow lights we recommend, check out our article, here! But before you put it outside and expose it to the sun’s blistering rays, make sure that you acclimate it first!

Plants get sunspots / burn too!

Acclimate Your Plant for the Outdoors

To start, you should only give your plant about an hour of sunlight or artificial light each day. Anything more and you’ll risk sunburning it. You can slowly increase the length of sun exposure over a period of a few weeks until your succulent is getting around six hours of bright sunlight each day, or around 12 hours of artificial light.

Your succulents should stop dropping leaves after soaking up some much-needed sun. But unfortunately, you can’t reverse some of the damage that’s been done, like your succulent’s stretched-out appearance. You can propagate your original plant and grow brand new plants from it that won’t look stretched out. But giving your original plant more sun won’t make it look as compact as it was on the day you bought it. Bummer, right?

Check out our full article about the importance of sunlight for succulents!

Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off
Low Light Succulents @howorthia

Overwatering Your Succulents

Overwatering can have some serious consequences for your plant! It can cause root rot, make your succulent leaves falling off, and can even cause total plant death. Yikes!

Overwatering is one of the easiest ways to kill your succulent, so it’s something you definitely want to avoid. If you notice that your succulent leaves are mushy, soggy, and falling off on the regular, you need to cool it with the watering can!

You should only water your succulent when the soil it’s planted in is completely dry to the touch. You’ll probably end up watering your succulents once every week or two.

If you tweak your watering schedule, your succulent leaves should make a full recovery in no time!

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Overwatering your succulents @momsgarden_la

Will too Much Fertilizer Hurt My Succulents?

If you put too much fertilizer on your succulent, it could actually have the opposite effect and stunt its growth! It can also cause some of its leaves to drop off, discolor the remaining leaves, and burn its root system.

If your houseplant is showing some or all these signs, it’s time to take action! If you see any white crust on the surface of the soil, grab your succulent tools and make sure you remove it all carefully. This is excess salt from the fertilizer—it can damage your plant and burn it if you leave it on there.

How to Remove Excess Fertilizer

Now, if you’re going to try to flush the excess fertilizer out of the soil by watering your succulent. Let the water drain completely, and then repeat the process once or twice to make sure there aren’t any traces of fertilizer left.

Then, make sure you remove any leaves that are damaged or dying. This will prevent your plant from using up its precious resources to try to repair damaged leaves. Your succulent will grow new leaves to replace them, so don’t worry about removing them!

If you follow these steps, we think your succulent leaves will make it! But remember in the future to only fertilize your succulents with a water-soluble fertilizer, like this one we use from Miracle-Gro, that’s been diluted to half-strength. You should only ever use diluted fertilizer on your plant babies to avoid chemical burns. You should also fertilize them sparingly—no more than once a month during their active growing season. That way they won’t get overloaded with salt or nutrients and start losing their leaves.

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Can too much fertilizer hurt my succulents @olorfulife.photography

Can Succulents Survive Extreme Temperatures?

If your succulent gets too hot, its leaves will actually start dropping off. It’s a normal response to the stress caused by heat and drought. Isn’t that weird? It seems strange, but it won’t actually hurt your plant and it’s not something to worry over too much.

Still, you should try to throw some shade cloth or a plant cover over your succulent or move it to a less sunny area of your garden to try to prevent this from happening. After all, who likes to see their succulent baby stressed?

If your plants get too cold, though, that can spell disaster. A lot of succulents can’t handle freezing temperatures, and if they’re exposed to them for too long, the cells inside their leaf tissue can freeze and burst, causing irreparable damage.

If your succulent has frozen in the cold, some of its leaves will look brown or black and kind of mushy. If the damage is really bad, the whole plant will look like it’s rotting. In that case, it’s pretty much unsalvageable. For a proper guide on how to care for succulents in the winter, dormant months, check out this article.

But if the damage has only affected a few leaves here or there, your succulent leaves will be ok. Leave the damaged leaves on your plant. When your plant grows, those leaves will fall right off on their own and be replaced by healthy ones.

For cacti-specific tips, click here to see our guide on determining if your cactus is dying.

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Beautiful spiral succulents! @akadamatsuchi

Those are some of the potential causes of leaf-loss and how to treat them! Did this post help you figure out what’s going on with your succulent leaves? Let us know in the comments section below!

Learn about some further ways to ensure your succulents and cacti are as healthy as can be! Check out What to Do When My Succulent Leaves are Splitting, How to Get Rid of Mealybugs, or Repotting Succulents the Right Way.

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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 Best Soil Recommendations for Your Succulent today!

Happy planting! 💚💚

Echeveria Afterglow

Introduction

Taking good care of plants is one of the simple joys of life. Aside from the beauty, it brings to our home, it also aids in the self-care process of its owner. Ironic as it may sound, but taking good care of plants also benefited us. It allows the plant parent to have a sense of routine and responsibility. Am I watering my plant enough? Have I exposed them to enough sunlight? Some of us might even allow our plants to listen to music and might develop the habit of taking kindly to our plants.

Therefore all these plant care tips enhance and develop our ability to relate and have empathy. Having said that, it is no wonder why many of us are starting to love and appreciate plants again. Being a plant parent nowadays is very popular, people are going out into nature and re-discovering different plants. In this article, we’ll discuss another type of succulent that you might consider adding in your little plant collection. 

Origin and appearance

Echeveria Afterglow is a result of a hybrid of two (2) other type of echeveria succulents, which are Echeveria Cante (or also known as White Cloud Echeveria) and Echeveria Shaviana (or also known as the Mexican Hen). This hybrid experiment was said to be conducted by Don Worth, a professional photographer and succulent grower located in San Francisco. The origin of the echeveria plants can be traced from the mountainous region of northern Mexico and South America. 

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Echeveria Afterglow @Amazon

Physically, it is said that Echeveria Afterglow mimics a rose. It has a blue or lavender rosette with bright pink coloring around the edges of the leaves. During the summer season, orange-red colored flowers can bloom from its lower leaves. The bright edges of the flower gives it an ethereal look. The flower stalk must be removed as it may interfere on the growth of your Echeveria Afterglow. It can grow up to 24 inches or 61cm. It is also known as “Mexican Hen and Chicks” as it produces offset at the mother plant’s base.

Echeveria Afterglow is highly recognized for its beauty and amazing colors. It is something pleasing to the eyes and usually displayed for aesthetic purposes. Echeveria Afterglow was often placed in rock gardens or Mediterranean gardens and even in floral arrangements. 

Echeveria Plant Care Tips

Tip 1

In order for Echeveria Afterglow to bloom fully, it is recommended that it receives full sunlight to partial shade only. If planted outdoors, 6 hours of direct sunlight is advisable, and if indoor, better to place it by the window for it to have access to sunlight.

Tip 2

In terms of the water requirement, the best way to check when to water the plant is by checking the soil’s moisture. Touch the soil, see if it feels dry. You may also try poking a stick into the soil at around 2 inches deep to see if the soil is dry. Add water into the soil as needed. All plant parents must ensure that they are not overwatering Echeveria Afterglow as it may lead for the roots to rot.

Once the root starts to rot, it may develop fungus on the other parts of the plant. Observe any blackened part of the plant as it may be a sign of overwatering. In case you suspect that you are overwatering your plant, immediately restrict the frequency of watering and cut off the infected part of the plant using a garden shear. It is also best if you’ll just re-pot the said plant in order to ensure proper drainage. 

Tip 3

Like all succulent plants, drainage is very important. Every plant parent must ensure that the pot has a proper drainage hole, allowing the excess water to flow out. The pot must also be large enough to grow roots, as Echeveria Afterglow must grow freely without compromising the airflow.

Tip 4

In order to make sure that Echeveria Afterglow grows healthy, one must check the composition of the soil. It is advisable to add 50% to 70% mineral grit into the soil in order to improve drainage. During summer, using fertilizer is also encouraged. Dilute the fertilizer into the water in order to improve its strength. When the temperature starts to get cold, stop giving fertilizer to your Echeveria Afterglow. 

Tip 5

Unfortunately, Echeveria Afterglow tends to attract pests such as mealybugs and aphids. This type of pests drink the sap of the plant, which prevents them from getting enough nutrition and hydration. In order to avoid this scenario, it is always recommended to remove any dead leaves, and you may also wipe your plants, especially if any white cotton-like substances are starting to appear on them.  

Tip 6

Echeveria Afterglow thrives in heat and can actually tolerate drought if it is established. 

Propagation

According to plant enthusiasts, Echeveria Afterglow is very easy to propagate. It can be done in three (3) manners, propagation by offsets, stem cuttings, and leaves. The kinds of propagation just vary from which part of the plant you will use, but the steps are basically just the same. One must remove the offsets, stem, or leaves using a sharpened and sterilized garden shear. Allow the removed offset, stem, or leaves to harden and develop calluses by placing them in a dry and warm place. Once that calluses developed already, approximately after 2 – 3 days, you may now place the offset into a pot with well-drained soil. 

Another advantage of Echeveria Afterglow is that it is not toxic for cats and dogs. So for all plant parents and fur parents out there, this might be the perfect plant for you. Add Echeveria Afterglow into your garden without having to worry about your pets getting intoxicated. It will definitely leave you stress-free and allow you to dedicate more time to relaxing and admiring your plants and pets together. 

Conclusion

After reading through this article about Echeveria Afterglow, we hope that you found a new plant to love and nurture. Keep planting and giving back to nature! 

Old man cactus

Old man cactus quick fact sheet

GENUSCephalocereus
FAMILYCactaceae
OTHER NAMESOld man cactus, Bunny cactus, White Persian cat cactus  
SUNLIGHTFull Sun
TEMPERATURE-1F Minimum
CLIMATEShrub-land Arid Tropical Dry
PROPAGATIONSeed propagated
HEIGHT15 meters
WATERStandard succulent watering schedule
OTHERSGrows well in spring/fall Non-toxic Prefers outdoors

What is old man cactus?

The Cephalocereus senilis is a succulent lover’s dream and a fan-favorite among the varied population of succulents.

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Cephalocereus senilis @Amazon

Native to the arid regions of Mexico, the old man cactus is a spiky, tall, cylindrical cactus that can reach incredible heights of 10 to 15 meters or more. 

A statement succulent, the Cephalocereus senilis is unmistakable with its shaggy coat of long silver hair, which serves as the source of its nickname – old man cactus. It is reminiscent of an older man’s long unkempt hair.

Apart from giving the old man cactus its unique name and appearance, the long strands of “hair” serve another more critical, less superficial purpose – keeping the plant cool by providing shade from the sweltering sun.

These hairs are not just for decoration. They are a modified form of spines (thorns), and while they may not be sharp enough or hard enough to prick you, they hide a sinister secret.

Concealed below the layer of flowing white hairs are formidable yellow thorns (or spines), and these are sharp enough to draw blood.

Who would have guessed this harmless-looking old man succulent was capable of such trickery and defense?

The bunny cactus is a slow-growing succulent that grows well in pretty hot and arid locations. It is native to Mexico, after all, and last time we checked, Mexico isn’t known for its chilly winters.

Growth

When we say slow-growing, we mean just that. The old man cactus has lovely flowers that will take anywhere between 10 to 20 years to bloom.

However, if you’re patient enough and tend your Cephalocereus senilis for 10+ years, the succulent gods will reward you with beautiful deep red, brilliant white, or sunny yellow flowers that bloom fully at night.

Not many people get to see the Cephalocereus senilis flowers in full bloom, so count yourself blessed should you happen to be part of the lucky few.

Propagation

The old man cactus is a pretty easy succulent to propagate from seeds – a fact that saved it from extinction a few decades back.

Its ease of propagation and increase in cultivation by succulent lovers supplemented the otherwise depleted Cephalocereus senilis that had been growing(dying really) in the wild.

You can gather seeds from its fruit; however, it’s simpler and faster to buy the seeds from your local gardening store or a reputable online vendor due to this succulent’s slow rate of growth.

Soil

Like most succulents, Cephalocereus senilis will do well in a quick-drain soil mix with significant aeration and drainage properties.

Check your local gardening store for pre-mixed cactus or succulent soil; the cactus mix boasts excellent porous and drainage capabilities.

If you’re more of a “hands-on” kind of guy, you can make your soil mix from home, as detailed in this article by Succulent City’s in-house botanical experts:

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home:

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home

Just like any other succulent, the old man cactus isn’t too fond of over-watering. After all, it is endemic to Mexico, and last we checked, Mexico doesn’t make the news for its lush green, rain-soaked plains.

Beginners usually make the mistake of watering their succulents daily. The result is always the same – over-watering leads to the dreaded root-rot, which ends up killing the poor succulent.

Read more about root-rot in this informative article by Succulent City:

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Just like any other succulent, wait until the soil completely dries out before watering it through and through. When you finally water the old man cactus, soak it through but do not drown the poor guy or leave it sitting in stagnant water.

Succulent cultivation 101: Succulents despise stagnant water.

Learn more about watering your succulents:

Complete Guide to Watering Succulents

Cephalocereus senilis will appreciate growing in a region with full direct sunlight, similar to its native country of Mexico.

The old man cactus is an outdoor growing succulent.

Do not leave the old man cactus outside during winter as this particular cactus does not adapt well to freezing temperatures and tends to go dormant in the winter.

Planting and potting

Most succulent growers plant the old man cactus in a pot (preferably terracotta) and leave it outside during the summer and spring seasons where it can soak up its fill of sun.

When winter rolls back around, they carry the pot indoors and place the succulent under grow lights as a substitute for sunlight.

Sunlight stimulates the growth of Cephalocereus senilis’ long silver hair. The more sun it soaks up, the thicker and longer its silver hair gets.

Pests

The old man cactus is prone to the occasional nasty critter here and there because its long shaggy strands of white hair provide a perfect environment for these pests to hide and nestle in.

Something similar to how lice love to hide in long unkempt hair.

Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.

Re-potting

Re-potting this particular cactus shouldn’t be a concern, especially when you factor in its slow growth rate – the  Cephalocereus senilis grows even slower when potted indoors compared to out in the wild.

Common practice is to gently loosen the soil around the roots and slowly work the cactus out of the pot.

Inspect the root system – when you notice the roots wrapping themselves around the bottom of the root ball, then it is about time to move this succulent to a new, slightly larger pot.

Where to find Cephalocereus senilis ?

Ask the supervisor down at your local gardening store whether they stock  Cephalocereus senilis seeds.

Home Depot and Lowe’s pack an extensive range of succulents and cacti for sale.

Swap meets and flea markets remain our favorite places to go succulent shopping.

We highly recommend you visit these open-air markets. They are the perfect place to source obscure succulents of all kinds at pocket-friendly prices.

If you’re unable to leave the house for whatever reason (ahem, coronavirus, ahem), then you can opt for online shopping:

  • Buy the Cephalocereus senilis from Etsy for $22.36

or

Check out our Succulent City Facebook page and share pictures of your old man cactus with fellow succulent lovers from across the globe!

Succulent garden designs

Introduction

Due to their nature, sufferers are plants that do not require as much care as other types of plants since they are quite resistant to pests and diseases. These take very varied and striking shapes: oval, round, bushy, arboreal, with long or short spiny leaves. Given such a wide variety of specimens, it is relatively easy to get a suitable desert space in our home. In several sections, we will give you the necessary measures to design, care for and properly choose your garden for succulents.

Design a succulent garden

Designing a succulent garden is quite possible in warm, temperate, and moderate cold climates. However, if the location where you are located has a temperature where winter predominates most of the time, you can assemble it in pots to move it indoors or a greenhouse during the winter. Suppose you are not so ambitious or have few resources. In that case, you can opt for a smaller-scale garden inside your home. Here, we will talk about designing and caring for a succulent garden outdoors that allows us to play with the shapes, colors, and textures of these plants and thus make our garden a more pleasant landscape for our eyes.

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Create your own great succulent garden

In the design of a succulent garden, we consider the location, the type of soil, the level of humidity that it has, and the types of plants that we will use for the design itself. Remember that some succulents are more resistant than others. We must take this into account compared to the time with the time you can have to dedicate to the garden. You should always plan your succulent garden design, considering each one’s space to grow and develop.

Choice of terrain

The choice of soil is very important, as it always happens when you are about to start growing a new plant. The best soil for succulents is rich, full-bodied soil that is rich in nutrients and capable of absorbing excess water. Succulents require well-draining soil. Compo’s substrate for cacti and succulents has been used for a long time, and it works very well. However, in summer and in such dry climates, it can be too loose and dries too quickly. To increase water retention, the ideal would be to mix it with a universal substrate. But this is a factor that depends on the climate, and in each geographical area, this can vary. It is best to always start with a sandy substrate, with a tendency to dry quickly. Now we will mention some tips on how to choose the ideal soil for your succulents:

  • Choose a place that is sunny and that it traces the space you want to fill.
  • Verify that the soil and drainage conditions make a hole at least 12 inches deep and fill it with water. If the water manages to be drained in 30 minutes, the soil is porous and efficient enough for cacti and succulents. Otherwise, you will need to add at least 3 inches of sand to fix the drainage and texture.
  • Cover the area with a layer of pebbles so that these act as mulch that prevents any type of weeds.
  • Try to be very attentive to insect pests and combat them with garden soap and water.

How to use the right soil

Succulents are the plants for gardeners who have neither the time nor the experience to devote themselves thoroughly to the more conventional gardens since they grow in sandy and rocky soils. Also, an essential factor is that they grow better with less water than many flowers, grasses, and shrubs. They do not need as much care. What they need is the correct soil mixture. Regular garden or potting mixes often won’t cut it. The best way to ensure happy plants is to make your own mix with a few easy-to-find gardening staples.

Soil properties

Succulent soil mixes should be fast-draining. When these soil mixes do not drain quickly, this means that they hold too much water near the roots. It also makes them heavy and compact, restricting airflow to the roots. Excess water and packed soil don’t take long to rot the succulent plant’s delicate root system. To solve this problem, you must change the succulent’s soil with sand, gravel, or other materials to speed up drainage and create a more porous soil mix.

Soil nutrients

The best succulent mixes have enough nutrients to support healthy growth. As the plants consume these nutrients, they must be replaced by others of higher quality. It is recommended to use a fairly balanced plant fertilizer that contains a high amount of nutrients that can help the soil, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, preferably in a ratio of 10-10-10. Dilute the fertilizer to 1/4 of its normal strength and apply it when watering. Fertilize at least once in the spring and again in the summer when your succulents are growing the most.

Sand and gravel

In addition to the occasional fertilization, the soil mixes you create are all you need to grow healthy succulents. There are other tips you can take into account to give your soil even more improvement. A few other gardeners add a layer of gravel or sand to the top of the soil, which serves two purposes. First of all, you cleanly finish your planter. Second, it helps decrease the rate of evaporation of water from the soil, which lengthens the time between waterings.

Mix minerals

There is no one succulent confection that works best for all plants and gardeners. In fact, creating soil mixtures is an art form that gardeners often perfect over time. Gardeners use a mixture of 1/2 part compost, 1 part pumice stone or sharp builder’s sand, and 2 parts wood bark or coir-based potting soil. You can also try gravel, volcanic rock, or crushed granite in your mix.

Place the plants according to the needs of water and light

Ideally, when designing this type of garden, you place the plants due to their basic needs. As succulents are plants that need a lot of lighting, we must place them in a place where sunlight is almost always full. But do not overdo it. It would be best to find an intermediate point for these and thus avoid any type of problems with the plants. It is also recommended that plants with similar types of care are chosen to monitor our succulents is more simple. If you do not have enough resources, this measure can help you spend much less on material and money.

Succulents with matching colors and patterns

First, a small list of the colorful succulents will be released. Then they will be announced on how to do so that they can combine not only with themselves but also with their environment.

Truncated Haworthia (Haworthia truncata)

Hailing from South Africa, they have fleshy, bluish-green leaves that can turn orange, yellow, or coppery if they get a lot of sun. Some have small white flowers and can be placed in pots and planters in the living room or bedroom.

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Haworthia Truncata @Pinterest

Red flames (Crassula capitella)

Originally from southern Africa, they have green and red leaves ending in a point. Being more intense, the more sun there is. In summer, slightly aromatic white flowers sprout. They are ideal for pots on balconies and the hall of your house.

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Crassula Capitella @Pinterest

Stone cactus (Lithops)

They are small, very fleshy plants from South Africa. Two leaves form them joined in their length with textures on their surface. Yellow or white flowers appear between the leaves and are used in pots in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom. However, they can also be used outdoors and look just as beautiful outdoors.

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Lithops @Pinterest

Senecio seperns (Kleinia repens)

This South African species has thin, elongated bluish-green leaves with pointed ends, with small cream-colored flowers. They are usually placed in hanging pots in the living room or dining room and in the kitchen or hall.

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Kleinia Repens @Pinterest

Lavender pebbles (Graptopetalum amethystinum)

Native to Jalisco, they have thick leaves that form gray or gray-green rosettes, although some varieties turn purple and pink. They present white flowers in spring and are placed in combination with other succulents by the window, in the living room, kitchen or bedroom.

graptopetalum amethystinum
Graptopetalum amethystinum @Pinterest

Other succulents

A few Echinocactusgrussonii, Agaves, maybe a Yucca. All these plants are very compatible, requiring the same care, this being sun and regular watering 2 or 3 times a week. Of course, we must make sure that those that grow the most, like Columnar cacti, Yuca, Dracaena, and Agave, have the optimal space to be able to develop more naturally.

Take advantage of the stones and rocks to offer better contrast. Succulents don’t really need a lot of soil to grow and can even thrive on stones. So if you have very rocky terrain, don’t worry. Put a few succulents or cacti, and you will see it takes a very rustic and desert tone, quite good. As touch is significant and interesting enough, it is highly recommended to cover the ground with decorative sand so that the plants feel as if they were in their place of origin.

You can take advantage of the succulents’ colorful details to form a great contrast in your garden and make it look more striking. You can combine the plants, take advantage of the spaces in your garden, make the most of the rocks, stones, and even the own details of your home. And if you are looking for a more arid and dry style that is more like a desert, the best thing you can do is follow the recommendations above, so you have a good reference for it.

Conclusion

Finally, it is hoped that thanks to this knowledge, we can have more information when preparing our succulent garden, design it and also learn about how we should make it look aesthetic and neat. It also explains how we should choose the right soil and what to do so that this soil is not suitable if it is not the perfect one to grow our succulents.

Succulent nursery

What is a succulent nursery?

What is a succulent nursery? A nursery is a closed space accessible on foot that is intended for the cultivation of plants, both decorative and horticultural, in order to carry out a process of protection from excess cold at certain times of the year. Normally, it is composed of translucent glass or plastic outer cover, which allows total control of temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors that may affect our plants’ development. Besides, this also provides much favor to the development of the plants.

succulent nursery
Succulent nursery

What do I need to set up a nursery?

Apart from being your main source of income, plants are above all living beings. You must provide them with land, air, water, and light. In that order of ideas, the site you choose must have to supply these elements through an excellently ventilated environment, illuminated and above all free of chemical contamination. In addition, good irrigation and drainage systems. If you find yourself short of funds, the latter can be homemade. The most important thing is that they can be safe and efficient. Taking these characteristics into account, to start with a retail nursery, you can start by growing in your own garden. If not, you have this space at your disposal. You can explore other alternatives such as vertical gardens, wooden drawers, or flowerpots.

At first, you can focus only on certain types of succulents. For example, if you decide on cacti, you can start with some small ones and then expand to the production of another species of succulents. But if you prefer the variety, it is recommended that you have your plants well organized by groups, separating each of the species of succulents with which you have.

Now, if you prefer, you can also stock your nursery by buying from a wholesaler. In general, large suppliers are located in market places or supply centers. This becomes an advantage because it allows you to diversify. You will have the certainty that you will have supplies constantly. At this point, you may need to think about how you are going to transport them.

How to make a succulent nursery

Suppose we want to start a nursery that is destined to the care of succulent plants. In that case, we must train and learn about horticulture and related topics about this branch. Both about pests, seed management, and the like. You have the best knowledge about life vegetables and have bases on carrying out maintenance of your own business.

Permits and authorizations

We must check what the permits or authorizations that we need are in one that other cities. In particular, opening a store is a process that can take a few weeks. In the case of a nursery, it will depend a lot on the current legislation in your place of residence. For a plant business, you may require an additional license. After processing this type of matter, we will have to determine the place to set up the nursery. Zoning ordinances can sometimes be quite complicated. A nursery is called “agriculture,” but it can also be called “agribusiness.” This will depend on whether you opt only for potted plants or if you also have a piece of land where you can plant directly into the ground.

If necessary, we will have to build greenhouses and other facilities. Nurseries require a fairly specific infrastructure, such as a space to store succulents in winter, an indoor and outdoor place, a place to water, etc. We must pay close attention to these requirements when renting or buying the place.

Regulations for succulent nursery

It is important to review the regulations. The most common is that the growers of our city must be united in an organization. You should not hesitate to join these organizations. They can be very helpful for any type of problem. One thing to keep in mind is that being “independent” is not the same as being part of a larger organization. The latter always brings greater benefits.

Local authorities may require certain permits to be able to have water to water your succulents. We must consult about it. If necessary, fix our facilities so that this work is less difficult, as is the case with automatic dispersers or drip irrigation.

Investigating the market for succulent nursery

One of the most important things we must do is investigate the market well. Informing us of the target you are dedicated to who will be your next customers. Try as much as possible to study their tastes and their demands. You can have a certain dedication to people who live in apartments. They want to decorate with a beautiful plant or offer services on how to decorate with these plants indoors and garden design for those who live in a house with a garden.

Informing us and studying never hurts. There are certain types of courses and even university careers that deal with everything related to the world of plants, crops, etc. Before opening a nursery, you should consider that it is advisable to start studying it if you have not done it before. This will not only give you greater credibility and more judgment, but it will also allow you to offer many more options and also better services to your clients.

Advertising of succulent nursery

Put together a good advertising campaign. This is not to say that you have to appear on television or in a big magazine. But, you must bear in mind that to set up a nursery project, the investment in advertising must be highly contemplated. Perhaps in the form of a pamphlet that you can hand out on public roads to make the sign at the entrance more attractive.

Look for quality raw materials, especially if we are going to have plants for the garden. Get the best plants for your nursery. If the idea is to sell indoor plants, look for a supplier that has good prices and quality in the species. Do not forget the variety, since there are as many tastes as there are people in this world. And if you are going to dedicate yourself to planting and harvesting, you must take the time necessary for this task.

What should I take into account when setting up a nursery?

On the production issue, we must see the cultivation process. It involves the choice and acquisition of inputs such as plants, soil, compost, and related materials. Regarding the process, this begins with the planting of succulents and goes through different stages such as the preparation of substrates, the transplant to other pots as the size of the plants’ increases, as well as the day-to-day care that goes from fertilization. Pruning, treatments to prevent pests, among other things that you must be aware of and therefore must handle, for plants’ care.

In case you do not grow your own plants, we must have a correct supply. You must acquire them, as mentioned before in the previous section. So you should identify what your suppliers will be, in which lines they can specialize, and the frequency with which you must supply. In either case, you must ensure that the plants get enough nutrients so that they are able to stay healthy and attractive.

Be creative in marketing. You can sell plants to relatives and acquaintances. But if you have the desire to expand, find out about events that may be held in your areas, such as fairs, gardening shows, or farmers’ markets. You can also be a small business provider or set up your own virtual store online.

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