How Do You Keep Succulents Alive? My Green Thumb Secrets

I love plants and I especially love succulents. I post photos & insta-stories of my plant friends frequently on the @house_fur instagram account and frequently get asked about plant care and how I keep my succulents alive. This post contains affiliate links.

Currently in our home, we have over 10 of succulents. Our succulents are not only incredibly beautiful, but are also very sentimental because they were used as the table decorations at our wedding. With Caleb’s parents help, we successfully transported over 20 baby succulents to  and from Davis, West Virginia to use as the part of the table decorations at our wedding reception at the Canaan Valley Resort.Since our wedding in July of 2016, our succulents have been re-potted in ceramic planters that I painted glossy white or matte black. They are all doing extremely well and today, I am sharing my green thumb secrets for keeping our succulents alive and well!

“How Do You Keep Succulents Alive?” My Green Thumb Secrets

Let There Be Light! – We are lucky enough to have plenty of windows in our home which gives our plants plenty of varying degrees of light. Some succulents love direct light, causing them to flower or change brilliant colors. Other types of succulents will burn in direct sunlight. Typically, most succulents will be satisfied with at least 6 hours of sunlight every day.

Use Quality Soil  The soil that I have had great success is one that is a blend of organic material, sand, and Perlite. Perlite is sometimes overlooked as styrofoam but it actually serves an important job to keep the soil fluffy for adequate air flow and keeping the soil from staying to wet. If the soil stays to wet it will get moldy and/or drown the plant. I use Organic Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix for planting my succulents.

Easy on the H20 – Succulents are not very needy and only require water once every two weeks or so. They require more water in the summer when they are in the sunlight for extended periods of time and less water in the winter. In the winter since it is cooler and there is less daylight the soil will stay damper longer Be careful not to over-water your plant because you could drown it or cause the roots to rot. If you are concerned about over-watering your plant you can fill a water bottleand spritz your plants once a week.**When transplanting your succulent it is important to make sure your soil is damp.

Home Sweet Home – You need to choose a planter that has proper drainage and allows your succulent to breath. A closed terrarium is not a good idea because although it allows light it does not allow the plant to breath. Terra cotta pots have worked really well for me because they have drainage holes (most come with a saucer), they are inexpensive, and allow for proper airflow for both the plant and soil.

Plants Like Supplements, Too! – I take vitamins to ensure I am getting all the nutrients I need, and just like us, your succulents can benefit from supplements too. Succulents can get majority of the nutrients they need directly from the soil, but feeding them can help them grow stronger, faster, and change brilliant colors. Be careful that you use a fertilizer or “plant food” specifically for succulents otherwise you can burn and/or kill them. I only feed my succulents once a month with EarthPods Organic Cactus, Succulent, Aloe, & Jade Fertilizer. I love that it is all natural and is pet safe, too!

Do you have succulents? Which are you favorite? Have you had success in keeping your plants alive?

Listed below I are all of the products that keep my succulents alive. Happy Planting!! 

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Looking for a stylish planter for your home? You might be interested in: 4 Must Have Modern Planters. 

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