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Taking Care of Succulents: A Black Thumb’s Dream

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a plant killer AKA you have a black thumb. I take care of animals for a living, and somehow, I cannot keep plants alive. That is, until I found succulents. These desert plants rarely need water, so you can plant them and forget about them (as I tend to do very often). But they still need some care! Here’s how to properly care for these hardy plants.

Sunlight/Temperature

I try to always keep them in direct sunlight for at least 6 hours and keep them in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees. If you have colder winters like where I live, I take my plants inside when the temperatures start to go down. When they are inside, I find a window where they can still get direct sunlight for a few hours a day.

Water

I’m not going to lie, I forget to water these succulents all of the time. But I have yet to have a succulent die on me. When they are outside, I normally let the rain take care of watering, but if it’s dry, then I water them once a week. Once I bring them in, I water them a lot less. Water your succulents depending on their soil. You want to get the soil wet, and then let it completely dry out before you water again.

Potting

When potting a new succulent, try to get a pot with a hole at the bottom so water can drain out. But sometimes, you want to put your new plant in a cute container that happens to not have a hole at the bottom. That’s okay! Just make sure to water your succulents less if that is the case. Below I show you how I plant all of my succulents in pots.

If your pot does not have a drainage hole, make sure to put a layer of rocks or pebbles at the bottom. This provides your succulents with some sort of drainage. I use these rocks, and they have yet to let me down!

I recommend using soil that is specially made for succulents. It provides better drainage so that your plants don’t sit in moisture for too long. Overwatering is the number one killer for succulents!

After your layer of rocks, I fill the pot less than halfway with the succulent soil, and then add your succulent!

Succulents are one of the easiest plants to take care of, which almost ensures that you will not kill it, even if you don’t have a green thumb.They brighten up any room and can be addictive once you know just how simple their care is and how pretty they are!