Tips for Growing Succulents Anywhere

Succulents come in different lovely shapes and colors, so you might be tempted to grow them anywhere to complement the ambiance of your environment. But merely planting succulents in any location without taking the right soil, water, light, and pottery into consideration will be an exercise in futility. The succulents may suffer from frostbite, stunted growth, discoloration, and lots more.

In this post, we will furnish you with some useful tips for growing succulents anywhere. Let us dive right in

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Growing Succulents

Select the Right Plants

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Growing Crassulas Indoors: IG@plantsoffice

While some succulents thrive indoors, others grow better outdoors. For instance, tender succulents like Crassulas will find it very difficult to survive in USDA Zone 5. But if you move this same plant indoors, you will marvel at its success in a properly lit room.

If you plan on growing succulents indoors, it is essential to know the amount of sunlight they need. Although most succulents fall into the category of “full sun,” it is a bad idea to keep them under direct sunlight throughout the day. But even if the succulents can adjust to full sun, they will need some time to do that.
During the winter, it is best to go for frost-tolerant succulents like stonecrop Sedums and Sempervivums.

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Haworthia magnifica Indoor: IG@livingdesertplants

Outdoor & Indoor Succulents

These outdoor succulents can survive severe frostbite and maintain their fresh appearance.
If you live in USDA Zone 8 and above, you can settle for just about any succulents for the outdoors.
You can go for Gasterias and Haworthias if you want indoor succulents that do not require natural light. However, do not opt for Echeverias if you do not have an adequate supply of sunlight. They will stretch out as they search for more light.
If you need succulent that requires a minimal amount of light and water, do not consider going for Sansevierias.

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Sedum Nussbaumerianum Outdoor: IG@solnechnyi_dvorik

Generally, colorful succulents such as Sedum nussbaumerianum require lots of light to keep their color from fading. Also, green succulents are ideal for indoors.
If you do not have a watering schedule, the chances are high that you will overwater or under-water your succulents. It will be best to go for succulents that are not too sensitive to overwatering. For under-watering, you can go for succulents such as Portulacaria Afra, Aeonium zwartkop, and Crassula arborescens undulatifolia.
On the flip side, you can go for Pachyveria glauca, Aloe brevifolia, and Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ if you tend to overwater.

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Pot with a drainage hole: IG@ourbloomstory

Choose the Right Pot

The pot you place your succulents plays a significant role in their chances of survival. You can opt for terra cotta because of its good porosity. The pot allows air to flow to the succulents’ roots, making the soil dry out rapidly.
However, we do not recommend terra cotta if you live in a dry, hot environment. A ceramic pot would be a better choice for such a climate.
That said, ensure your pot has a drainage hole at the bottom to allow water to drain quickly and facilitate air circulation to your succulents. Block the drainage hole using pebbles or a piece of paper before you plant.
If you have some years of experience growing succulents, you can grow them in a glass bowl, which does not have drainage.
Regardless of the pot you choose, ensure that there is enough space for the succulents’ roots. If the seeds can no longer contain the pot, you should consider repotting the succulents.

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Pumice for soil formation: IG@natural.gas

Tweak the Soil Materials

Successfully growing succulents in a humid or dry environment largely depends on the soil formation.
In a humid environment, soil can help to prevent rot. On the other hand, the right soil can help to prevent dehydration in a dry climate.
You can either prepare your soil or get one online.
If you tend to overwater your succulents or live in a humid area, you need only pumice to make your soil. The great thing about pumice is that it retains water and dries out pretty rapidly.
Coconut coir is an excellent soil option to consider if you live in a hot area or need soil that does not dry out too quickly. Its water retention capacity is high, so the soil does not get soggy, unlike the traditional peat-based soil.

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Phosphorus fertilizer for Succulent: IG@nabsjungle

Feed the Succulents for Growing

Watering succulents is not enough for them to bloom. It would be best if you still fed your succulents. During the summer, the best fertilizer to feed your succulents is the one with a high phosphorus concentration. If you cannot get phosphorus fertilizer, you can settle for compost tea.

The general spring feeding most people usually do is not sufficient because they lack accurate information. Some persons even go as far as applying fertilizers every month, and that encourages etiolation

It is best to fertilize your succulents just before and during every growing season. It should be from early spring to late summer. If your succulents grow in the winter, feed them during that period.
Succulent fertilizers are available insoluble powder and granular form.

Experiment with Growing Succulents

As a succulent grower, do not forget the place of experiments. Investigations discovered most of the tips we shared in this article. There is no laid down a formula to follow when it comes to growing succulents, as what works for you might not work for the next person.

You can start by doing some research to know what works for your succulents and what does not. The more you know about your succulents, the better you can care for them and the healthier they will be.
If you want to see, your succulents thrive, even in the most severe weather conditions, taking a course would help. There are both free and paid online lessons on succulents for beginners and experts.

Every growing environment is quite different, so you have to consider water, soil, light, pottery, and lots more when growing succulents in an environment. For instance, in Sub-Saharan Africa, succulent growers will not follow the same planting and caring guidelines as growers in the United States.
So, there you have it! We hope that you can now grow your succulents anywhere you live.

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