The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice or sap. They are plants with thick fleshy leaves and/or stems and trunks that are adapted to storing water. This is the main reason why succulents do not need to be watered very often. They have their own internal water supply.
Not all succulents are cacti – but all cacti are succulents.
Most succulents only need to be watered about once every two weeks and cacti about once every 3-4 weeks. The timing will vary based on the condition it is in. If it is getting some sun or is near a heating/AC vent with dry air blowing on it, it is likely to need to be watered a bit more often. If it is in a humid area, it may not need to be watered as often.
CAUTION – The most common reason a succulent dies is that it is over watered. If the roots are sitting in water or constantly wet/moist soil, it WILL kill the roots and the plant will die.
IMPORTANT – If you only remember one thing about a succulent it is to let the dirt dry out in between watering!
You can bring a succulent back from under-watering but not from over-watering.
Most succulents do not want to be “baked” in the sun for long periods of time (with cacti being an exception). Of course there are exceptions to this, but if you’re not sure do not put it in an area it will get sun all day.
If outside, it should get filtered light. This would be under a tree where the sun shines through the leaves periodically or on a porch that only gets sun for a small amount of time each day.
Inside near a window, or under bright indoor lights is usually all they need. Since windows usually face in one direction, they only get sun for part of the day. Sun through a window is considered filter light. You can also use a grow light if you do not have great lighting for your succulents.
There are basically three types of containers.
Glass containers allows you to see the dirt. When it is light brown the soil is dry. When you water it the soil will darken. You can also see if the water is puddling in the bottom so it is easy to avoid this. Do not panic when the dirt dries out. Let it be dry for a few days before water again.
Containers with holes in them sometimes give a false sense of security. The hole will let the excess water drain out but if you are watering it so much that a lot drains out, it is probably too much. You can water the plant lightly so no water drains out but if you do that too often, the soil may be constantly wet and thus the roots will rot. Again, let the soil dry between watering.
When using solid containers (without holes), keep track of your watering with a calendar. Set your calendar for watering every 2 weeks to ensure you don’t over or under water!
It is called the farina. It is a white waxy substance which protects the succulents from sunburns. Once disturbed, it is unlikely to grow back. It is common on broad leaf plants such as Echevarias.
Sun stressing is used to make colors more vibrant. Sunlight brings out colors in the plant. They need to be acclimated for the stressing to be effective. Not all succulents are affected this way.
Most succulents by nature are slow growing and will not grow as fast as common houseplants. Many succulents have dormant periods where the watering need is less. Some are dormant in the summer and some in the winter. Indoor succulents may not go dormant as they do not experience seasonal changes.
Succulents have shallow root systems. This is because in their natural habitat most grow in arid climates. With the roots close to the ground level, they are able to get moisture from dew dropping off the plant as well as light rain. They are happy being root bound and you will often see succulent arrangements that look like they are crowded together. They are not! They are just having a party and love to be close together.
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We make your succulent gifts to order. To ensure proper shipping, we use water soluble glue with small polished pebbles and gem stones to hold the succulents in place. This can take 1-2 days to fully dry.
Once we ship the order, we will send another email with the tracking info. Be sure to check your SPAM box in case our emails were routed improperly.
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We don’t sell succulents. We sell gifts with succulents in them! We use attractive containers with beautifully polished pebbles and gem stones for a sparkly finish.
We also have many succulents that are hard to find elsewhere. We have a vast network of superior growers who specialize in rare succulents that you won’t find on the shelves of your local box store.
We also care about succulents! This is all we do so you can be sure your succulent has been well cared for and made to order especially for you or your loved ones.