Adjusting to growing succulents in warmer and drier climates

Grow Succulents in Warmer and Drier Climates

Succulents will get burnt or dehydrated when they get exposed to hot and dry weather conditions. So, you need to know how to adjust your succulents to grow in warmer and drier climates. We will share with you some tips on how to grow succulents in a hot environment.

Adjusting to growing succulents in warmer and drier climates

Tips for Growing Succulents in Warmer and Drier Climates

If you want your succulents to thrive in a warm and dry environment, follow the tips below:

Watering Schedule

When growing your succulents in a hot and dry area, you have to adjust the watering schedule. Since there is not enough rainfall, you have to ensure your succulents do not lack water. The best method to do this is by adopting the soak and dry method.

This method involves soaking the soil and allowing the soil to dry out totally before you start watering again. For the soak and dry method to be effective, you need well-draining soil and a pot with a good drainage system.

When watering indoor succulents, ensure the water does not reach the leaf’s top. If water stays on the leaf for more than three or four days, it will lead to rot. Use a squeeze bottle or a watering can to water your indoor succulents.

For outdoor succulents, you do not have to bother about drying because there is considerably more airflow, allowing the water to dry out quickly. Keep on watering the soil around the succulents until it is soaked. That is, But remember, you have to wait until the soil is totally dried out before you water it again.

The truth is, there is no rigid watering schedule formula when it comes to dry and hot climates. Some succulents demand more water than others, so ensure you do not under-water or overwater your succulents. Generally, most succulents growers have discovered that following a 2-3 week watering schedule is enough to keep your succulents alive in the hottest climate. You can take this watering schedule as your starting guide and adjust as necessary.

What is more, you need to water your succulents in the morning during the summer. This way, the roots will be cool, and the succulents will remain fresh, even during the hottest hours of the day. Watering twice a day can also be helpful. But ensure you only water again after the soil is totally dried out.

Adjusting to growing succulents in warmer and drier climates

Shade

You will need to provide more shade for your plants as the temperature rises in the summer. There are several ways to provide more shade for succulents, and one of such is to plant large plants close to your succulents. These large plants will provide shade for your succulents. If these plants grow out of proportion, you may need to trim them, so they do not completely shield your succulents from sunlight.

You can use a shade cloth to cover your succulents in the summer. Shade cloth is particularly suitable for covering young plants that can get destroyed by exposure to direct sunlight. Shade clothes come in different densities ranging from 5% to 95%, depending on the intensity of sunlight you want to block out. The great thing about a shade cloth is that water-permeable polyester makes it, so rainfall, irrigation systems, and sprinklers can water your succulents.

If you cannot afford to get a shade cloth, a beach umbrella can come in handy. Shading your succulents is quite easier if you grow them in pots. You can easily move the pot to any appropriate location around your house to shade your plants from direct sunlight.

Planting

You need to adjust your planting during the summer. If you planted the succulents in pots, you could move them to a shady area with carts or plant trolleys during the hottest period of the year.
If you are planting new succulents in a dry and hot climate, it would be best to use larger specimens. It is because smaller plants will require more watering and will not withstand too much sunlight. On the other hand, larger plants are naturally equipped to withstand sunlight and heat and require less watering.
Generally, larger succulents can adjust to the climate and environmental changes better than smaller succulents. So, suppose you are in a region where the adverse effect of climate change is pretty drastic. In that case, we recommend that you plant larger succulents.

You have to choose whether to plant your succulents in the ground or a pot in the summer. If you decide to plant the succulents in the ground, they are less susceptible to sunburns. They remain cooler during the day because their heat will not necessarily get to their roots. On the other hand, your succulents will dry out quicker than succulents planted in the ground if you plant them in a pot. You can also move your pots as much as you want.

Types of Plants

As a succulent grower, you have to understand that not all succulents are suitable for shade.
For instance, cacti plants can survive in the heat. Some cactus can even withstand direct sunlight because of their long spines that provide shade for them and help them stay cool in hot climates. Also, the needles of cactus help them retain more water during rainfall or water them.

Agaves can also survive in a hot environment because of their deep roots, which help them absorb as much water as possible. If you are looking for plants to grow during a drought, Agaves are your best choice.

Some succulents you can shade in the summer include

  • Jade plant (Crassula)
  • Aloe Vera
  • Devil’s backbone (Pedilanthus)
  • Sansevierias
  • burrow tail (Sedum)
  • Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera)
  • night-blooming cereus (Epiphyllum)
  • rosary vine (Ceropegia).

Final Words – Choosing the ideal succulents

Not all succulents can grow in warmer and drier climates. You can check out the USDA Hardiness Zone Map to know the plants that are ideally suited for specific hot regions in the United States. Be sure to follow this guide when adjusting your succulents to bloom in a dry climate.

Adjusting to growing succulents in warmer and drier climates

Succulent soil types

To grow succulents’ plants, you need different soil from other plants. Several variables decide the right soil for safe, beautiful plants indoors or out. Using the wrong soil form, and you will find yourself endlessly solving problems with care.

Succulents are pretty and lively, but often they can be very picky. Succulents are very selective with their soil, unlike your typical indoor vine, and that’s possibly what makes them so unique.

If you’re an old succulent veteran or a new kid on the succulent block, it will take a long way to get the preliminaries right the first time in your succulent adventures. And nothing more than the form of soil used affects growing succulents.

Succulents, these beautiful, lush, little aliens, don’t get along with the mundane, traditional soil of gardening too well. It’s overrated and a little dull, they think, at least in its pure form.

What type of soil do succulents need?

Succulent is a plant that mostly has dense, fleshy stems and leaves. It tends to store water as an adaptation. In other words, succulents are desert-denizens. Therefore, they have recently been tamed by their peculiar yet stunning looks to spice up the living room décor, using minimalistic planters.

These plants are native to Africa, Central America, Mexico, and some of Europe’s desert regions. They have lived all their lives in the hot and dry desert and thus have a few survival hacks to fight a desert life. Their ability to store water is one of these special adaptations.

You see, in the mountains, it rarely rains. And it pours as it does, very literally. In the subsequent weeks, succulents store this water in their leaves and stem for use until it rains again. So their roots don’t suck up water all the time for succulents since they’ve always got plenty tucked away in their leaves. 

This backs up the type of soil found in the desert. It is sandy, and the hot weather helps drain the water quickly, so with excessive water, succulents do not stay on the soil.

Not only is damp, unnecessary soil is also harmful because it can lead to root rot and a host of pests, not to mention the fungal diseases that follow wet soil.

So what kind of succulent soil is cool?

Succulent Soil should be Well-Draining

It sure had to be at the top of the list. (We discuss this lot because of how important it is if you’ve been reading our recent articles). There is just a catastrophic mixture of succulents and moist soil.

You want to end up with soil that will drain well and rapidly while creating your succulent potting mix. The best substrate for growing succulents is loose and grainy soil.

Your Succulent Soil Needs to Have Good Aeration

It is necessary to have some room for the roots to breathe. Not only would this make the absorption of soil and nutrients easier, but it will also create a sustainable atmosphere for beneficial soil microorganisms.

Non-Compacting and Breathable Succulent Soil

Sticky and compact soil for succulents is awful. The roots dislike it because it holds moisture for long periods and makes it impossible for the plant to breathe.

Excessive Nutrients in Succulent Soil

It sounds pretty crazy, but it’s real. Soil that contains too many nutrients, especially nitrogen, can lead to skinny, frail, and nasty plants. No one ever likes goofy-looking plants of this kind, do they?

What makes a good soil for succulents?

When we choose the best soil for succulents, our primary objective is to ensure that it has good drainage. That means we’re based on the ‘humidity’ portion of the above list.

What is soil drainage, first of all? Simply put, that’s how easily water leaves the ground. Some of the water should come out of the bottom of the pot. This should be after you water a plant, but most of it will remain in the soil. The water must either be taken up or evaporated into the air by the plant.

Succulents and cacti, as it turns out, need different soil than ordinary houseplants. Many houseplants are tropical plants. They’re originally from a region with a lot of rain and humidity in the atmosphere, presumably. Their soil is often naturally rich in nutrients.

Succulents, on the other hand, are known to be from deserts. They grow in dry regions with low rain and poor soil quality. The soil is possibly coarse and rough there and lacks nutrients.

Undoubtedly, recreating their natural situations as closely as possible is typically best. However, you might be shocked that an essential thing to copy is not the number of nutrients they receive; it’s the water amount.

Criteria for choosing the best succulent soil

In the succulent soil, let’s start by talking about what you should be looking for.

The best soil in pots for succulents can retain ample water to absorb what they need, but it also dries out quickly so that the roots do not rot.

Water from the air around them is absorbed by succulents, not by direct touch.

Sitting in moist soil continuously causes their roots to rot because they get too much water. The cells in the roots and leaves gradually break apart, allowing the plant to die.

Soil may be dried out by many environmental factors, so different soil types would be better suited for different growing areas.

In deciding what kind of soil your succulents’ need, the region where you live, as well as the place where you hold your succulents, will play a role.

How do you know if the drainage of the soil is adequate?

Since we understand that soil drainage is an essential aspect of succulents, we know how to make it happen. But how much drainage is sufficient?

Your succulent soil needs to be dry in a day or two after irrigation as a rule of thumb. And I’m staying dry—dry bone.

There is an easy way of measuring how dry the soil is. Stick your finger one or two inches into the soil in the cup. Not only does it feel dry but warm as well. If it feels “cool,” it is probably merely slightly damp, and you misunderstand the feeling. If the pot has been filled out by your succulent, it can be challenging to verify soil dampness and could use more space for the mass of roots. You would have to consider repotting the succulent one.

Choosing the right soil for succulents

That might sound awful, but it isn’t that difficult to select the right soil for the succulents. Only decrease the quantity of organic matter and use the effective watering techniques that we discussed.

Each succulent species seems to have its own unique needs and wants, but 99 percent of them are cool with almost the same soil. To be sure, after being placed into the new soil, watch how a plant responds and change your treatment accordingly.

It can be challenging to grow unique succulent plants, but the Fat Plants can be magical if you get the best soil type. 

A well-drained and nutrient-rich eco-system that succulents need to grow and thrive is all a succulent plant need. You will be proud of growing sound root systems, healthy fleshy green stems, and lovely colorful blooms for your succulents when you choose your soil wisely.

Full Guide to Watering Succulents – When, How & Why

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Succulents can survive in arid regions because of their ability to store water in their roots, stems, and leaves.

For this reason, many persons tend to overlook the fact that they need to water their succulents when planted in their homes. That said, to keep your succulents blooming, it is best to water them regularly.

In this article, you will learn how to water succulents plants indoors or outdoors, as well as how you can see if you are overwatering your succulents.

How to Water Succulents Indoors

Instead of just spritzing your indoor succulents, soak them to the extent that water gushes out from the drainage holes beneath the pot. Before watering your succulents again, ensure that the soil is parched.

According to Bryce Lane, a horticulturist from North Carolina State University, check the soil after a week of watering to see if it is dry. If it is not, wait one or two more weeks. When watering indoor succulents, ensure that water does not get on top of the leaves to prevent rot.

Another thing to note about watering succulents planted indoors is that they need the most amount of water during the spring when they are still growing. You can reduce the amount of water during the summer and even more during the winter. During the winter, succulents are in dormancy and do not get plenty of light, and so, their water requirement reduces.

How to Water Succulents in Outdoor Containers

During the summer, you can place your potted succulents outdoors. Give your succulents the chance to adjust to varying temperature levels by placing them in a shaded environment before moving to a brighter area, this required to ensure your succulents are not exposed to direct sunlight.

The best kits for watering outdoor succulents are squeeze bottles and spout watering cans. Use any of these kits to pour water onto the soil until it is properly soaked—from the top of the pot to the bottom. After that, wait until the soil dries out completely before watering the succulents again.

How to Water Succulents in the Ground

Succulents such as Opuntia, Sedum, and Agave can survive harsh weather conditions, especially the fully grown ones with stronger roots. Both hardy and annual succulents need to be planted in well-drained soil. According to Lane, planting succulents in stagnant water is an exercise in futility.

Creating a 2-foot mound of organic-based compost with a mixture of PermaTill will allow your succulents to flourish even if they find themselves somewhere different from their native environment. A good soaking, good soil, and good drainage are essential for growing healthy succulents.

How Often Should I Water My Succulents?

Now that you know how to water indoor and outdoor succulents, the next question on your mind will be how often you should water your succulents? Well, to answer your question, first, note that there is no rigid watering schedule for you to follow.

The watering frequency depends on the type of succulent, the size of your pot, and the weather conditions in your area. The smaller the pot, the less moisture it can accommodate. Hence, the more frequently it needs to be watered.

A good watering frequency that most indoor succulent growers adopt is watering 14 – 21 days at the early stage. Ensure that you do not overwater your succulents to avoid rot.

You can use a tool called Succulent Tracker App (only iOS version available currently). This app are useful to remind your watering schedule, as well as to avoid under-watering and overwatering, .

Signs Your Succulent is Thirsty

Even though succulents are recommended to be dry before watering, ensure that you do not dehydrate them in the process. Once you notice any wrinkles and shriveled leaves, it is a sign that you need to water your succulents.

As the cells of your succulents try to transfer their stored moisture to other parts, they also try to accumulate more water to make up for the amount they have lost. But then, if the water is not available to replace what was lost, the cells begin to contract gradually, making the leaves that used to flourish shrivel.

Signs Your Succulent Has Been Overwatered

The danger of overwatering succulents is that it damages the cell structure, roots, and leaves.

The first and most common sign of overwatering to take note of is discoloration. Once you notice the leaves are becoming soft, translucent, and squishy, know that you have been overwatering the succulents. Unlike under-watered succulents, leaves that contract overwatered succulents leaves will be dropped.

While succulents can recover from overwatering, it is not all that easy. A great way to save overwatered succulents is to plant a new one with the cuttings to root and leaves.

Signs of a Healthy Succulent

First off, plants will always tell you when they are in need of something. But sadly, not everyone knows how to read the signs.

While squishy leaves discoloration tells you that you are overwatering your succulents, shriveled leaves show that you are under-watering your succulents.

Hens and Chicks plants tend to shut down older, lower leaves as they grow. While this is a natural phenomenon that is part of the growth process, the leaves do not wither. They just become very thin, papery, and brownish. Prone these leaves to keep your succulents looking fresh.

All in all, when watering your succulents, you have to consider the soil and the environment. Follow the watering guidelines we mentioned in this article, and your succulents will keep blooming even under the most adverse conditions.

How To Prune Succulents

How To Prune Succulents

Succulents are popularly known for their great exotic selection of different shapes, sizes, and colors. That is to say, most are green, some are purple, and others are blue. Some have hanging foliage; others grow upright, others trail and others remain dwarf plants. Some species produce flowers and fruits, while, others don’t. Each species is different from the next, each unique to the other! The whole succulent family is favored by both home and office owners, certainly for their decorative features, in addition to their other apparent benefits of freshening the air and creating a serene environment altogether.

The best thing about succulents is that they do not need around the clock care that most plants require. Well, besides having a working watering schedule once or twice a week, and providing the succulent grown in the right fertilized soil mix with the proper light requirements. Overall, succulents will survive if exposed to these few factors in the best ways possible.

The placement of succulents within our work and living quarters is also quite impressive. They do blend in and fit very well among most spaces of bookshelves, tables, and windowsills that would have otherwise been left bare. As a result, A bright-colored succulent plant would most definitely give your reception the welcoming ambiance that you just may require. Do you like the idea of bright-colored succulents? 

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Plush and Healthy

With that said, it is, therefore, every succulent grower’s wish to have their succulent plants looking plush and healthy all year round. Even in their dormant seasons, when the growth is experienced the least, a healthy-looking succulent garden sounds like a pretty good idea. The aesthetics need to be kept at par, mostly if the succulents main job is ornamental. Further, pruning is one of the practices necessary to establish a fit-looking plant around the clock. All plants, including succulents, need to be pruned. In other words, think of it as a succulent-face-lift. 

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Reasons To Prune Succulents

Blooming succulents over some time tend to grow wild, twisted and sprawl outwards and overgrow their container or garden space. This, in turn, makes them appear unruly, shapeless, and quite untidy. Therefore, the need for pruning arises! Pruning of your succulent garden plants is carried out for a number of reasons. Firstly, it facilitates size control, reshaping, or the propagation of some parts of the plant in the breeding of new baby succulents.

Additionally, pruning is an exercise used as a damage control remedy for diseased succulents. It is perhaps the cheapest and most sensible way to save your plant. The branches and leaves of insect or disease-infested crops are pruned off in the effort to liberate the plant or generate a new one.

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Best Times To Prune Succulents

Sprucing up your in-ground, outdoor succulents is best during the early spring, just before new growth commences. At the same time, the year-round tropical species can be trimmed off any time when the outdoor climate or indoor temperature is warm. The flowering species are instead thinned out in their dormant stage during the winter or soon after their blooming phase.

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Tools Needed To Prune

The tools used for this project are chosen solely dependent on the size of the succulent, the vegetating nature of the plant; upright, trailing, or hanging. As well as the location it is planted; garden or container.

For the larger more extensive succulent plants, grown in landscapes such as Agave types, that are quite large, string trimmers or sharp, sterile large garden shears are appropriate. Other tools may be used to remove the spent flowers from low-lying Sedums and different ground cover succulents. Such devices include clean clippers, a sharp knife or a pruning saw with fine teeth. We are fond of this pruning saw.

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For the smaller, more delicate species you need tweezers, which are used to prune off small dead or dying leaves. Furthermore, the tweezers can be used to pull out the weeds and tuck in the exposed roots back into the soil.

Hand trowels with serrated edges are suitable for cutting through old webbed roots that are growing above ground or out from baskets. For instance, this will create more space a new succulent may occupy or simply contain the plant within the basket.

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Safety

When pruning succulents with spines or ones with milky saps, one should wear waterproof protective gloves. Their usage is to make the activity more manageable and also acts as protection such that the spikes don’t prickle the gardener’s hand. They also protect against the milky sap, which, in most cases, is an irritant that will cause some inflammation or rash to the handler’s skin.

You may also need a water-based marker, that would help you mark the stems or leaves you would wish to trim off. It is an optional apparatus if you are pruning a small number of plants. But if you are pruning a whole garden, this marker will make it easier and faster for one to mark the ones they need to get rid off.

All tools used have to be clean and sterilized— especially when being used to prune off diseased leaves, branches and roots. That is to say, the sharpness is to facilitate clean cuts, as inconsistent cuts may lead to an entry point of bacteria, fungi, or virus that may kill the plant.

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How To Prune Succulents

Before you start on the trimming off, first you need to gather all the necessary tools required for the project. Keep in mind that all the tools needed have to be sterilized and sharpened beforehand. Also, pick the size of the tools conceding to the size of the succulent.

Firstly, you have the tools at hand, secondly is to determine which of the succulent plants you wish to trim off. This will depend on the reason you are trimming off the plant.

Size Control

Above all, if you are pruning as size control, pick out the leaves, stems or branches that seem to be very close to each other. Mark the ones you wish to cut off, pick up your cutting apparatus, and carefully cut off the marked sections. The slash is made at a 45-degree angle.

Reshaping

If you are pruning to reshape the succulent, consider making the cut ½ inch above the nodes and the ones that face the side you wish the new stem to emerge. You can also train some to grow in different directions by cutting just above a small branch pointing the desired direction. When pruning trailing species vary the lengths of each pruned stems for a more appealing visual appearance.

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For Propagation

If you are trimming off a succulent for the purpose of propagation, you should pick up the plump, healthy-looking leaves. And in the case of stems, the best candidates are the stems that are taking up a woody look and feel to them. The leaves are simply twisted off or clean cut using a sterile sharp knife. The stem cuttings are cut using a clean, razor-sharp apparatus as well, and the leaves are attached to it are removed carefully not to damage the nodes.

For Health

For the pruning of the ailing succulents, you first identify the parts of the crop you wish to cut off. These parts should be the ones that exhibit any form of abnormal appearance or feel. If the leaves or stem look shriveled, seem mushy, or discolored, then those are the ones to prune off. Lastly, use a sharp, sterilized knife to cut them off. In cases where the majority of the plant is damaged consider cutting off the healthy unaffected parts to use for replanting. We found the perfect garden knife to assist you out there.

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Just Prune it!

Now that you have the complete guide as to how to prune succulents, it’s time to get your gear and get to work. Give those succulents the face-lift they deserve so that they look bright and healthy all year round. Now you do not have to replace your plants every time it overgrows or takes up the shape you don’t fancy. Even for the ailing ones.

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Cutest Succulents: Living Stones (Lithops)

Cutest Succulents Living Stones Lithops

A touch of character with an element of surprise is what you can expect from living stones. These little succulents known as Lithops plants are small and absolutely adorable. Lithops is both a singular and a plural, so don’t go searching for a Lithop if you want one.

Typically, they grow to about an inch above the surface of the soil. The rest of the plant is underground. They appear unassuming, often split into a cloven shape. In fact, if you do not know what to look for, they will be easy to miss. Living stones have two leaves that are thick and padded. They are the masters of camouflage which is how they have earned their name. Numerous colors, spots, and little stripes can be found on the upper surface of the leaves. There are at least 145 different types to choose from. Their resemblance to stones is uncanny.

These cute succulents originate from South African deserts, where they can easily grow amidst sand and rocks. They do best in areas where the weather is exceptionally hot and needs very little water.

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Unique Features of The Living Stones

It would be a challenge for anyone to kill this plant, even if one does not have a green thumb. It all comes down to nutrients and water, which this plant barely requires. Very little is lost from the surface area of this succulent as most of it is underground. Having only two leaves also minimizes the surface area of the plant. In fact, some Lithops can grow and stay alive with fog or mist being the primary source of moisture.

The Lithops have no stem, and the leaves are like storage tanks for the plant. It is the leaves that ensure that the plant can stay without water for months. When experiencing a drought, these plants are able to stay alive by shriveling and shrinking below the soil level. When the succulent seeds, these seeds can remain viable for months since they need minimal moisture.

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Growing Your Cute Succulents

The sandier the soil, the better if you want your Lithops to thrive. These plants are light lovers. Bright sunlight is ideal. Full-on exposure won’t damage them, though a little shade in the afternoon is advised. If you want to keep them indoors, you should make sure they are close to a south-facing window so that they can get the most light. Four to five hours of direct sunlight is what they need each day.

If you start out with your Living Stone succulent indoors, you should not transplant it to grow outdoors later. This is because being indoors makes them lose resistance to bright light. If you move them outdoors, the leaves of these cute succulents will burn, and they will die. During the winter, ensuring that these plants have adequate access to light should be a priority.

Check out this guide on “How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents” for a guide on growing your Living Stones indoors.

The most surprising and endearing feature of this plant is its flower. Flowering happens in autumn or in early winter. The flowers are in various colors including pale orange, yellow and white. They resemble daisies, looking like small clusters of perfect bouquets on the ground. The unique feature of these flowers, they are only open in the afternoon when it is sunny and hot. When it gets cooler, towards the late afternoon going into the evening, the flowers close up. With some varieties of these cute succulents, the flowers are scented. They come out from the space between the two leaves.

Once flowering has completed, a new phase of life begins for these succulents. They go through dormancy, where the old leaves are reabsorbed, and new leaves develop. In some cases, a new cluster will appear.

Enjoying learning about the Living Stones succulent? Be sure to also check out “7 Succulent Bouquets You Wish You Knew About” for a look at succulents you can use at your wedding! Check it out!

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Keeping Living Stones

When keeping them, ensuring that the conditions are as close as possible to their natural environment is what you should aim for.

Succulents typically require minimal watering, and only when their soil has dried out. These succulents require even less water. Between the fall and spring, they should not be watered at all as this is when they are dormant. They have a yearly cycle of growth.

This is one succulent that can stay within a family for generations, living up to 50 years if they are grown outdoors in ideal conditions. When indoors, they can be grown in the same pot for up to 20 years.

Thinking of using grow lights for your succulents? Be sure to check out “Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents” and see if it’s safe to continue using these lights.

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Some Interesting Facts On the Living Stones Succulent

Here are a few interesting facts about this plant.

  • When looking to purchase these plants, there are several names they go by. Look for flowering stones, mimicry plants or even pebble plants too.
  • There is a theory that they look like stones to protect themselves from being eaten by grazing animals in the wild.
  • They grow best in groups and surrounded by small pebbles.
  • Roots need room for growth, so pots should be at least five inches deep.
  • These plants are non-toxic, ideal to have around children and pets.
  • It can grow well without any fertilizer.
Cutest Succulents Living Stones Lithops
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