I love succulents; they are the little soldiers of the plant world.
If you’re like me, a plant murderer and crap at remembering to water, succulents are perfect. These hardy little troopers are almost impossible to kill.
Succulents grow slowly, are cultivated quickly and develop in anything that can hold a bit of compost. Most definitely the Ideal indoor plant choice for anyone with limited space.
Houston I have a problem!
I have been busy re-homing, ah-hem, several of my succulents which I have collected over the past few months (addict). I have an army of these little dudes now. If plants we ever to decide they were waging war against us human-kind, I’d be totally buggered!
I made sure I had everything I needed beforehand to be sure I didn’t upset my babies too much shifting them around. I bought this Cactus & Succulent focus repotting mix which contains a carefully balanced range of nutrients. Shortly after various new pots made their way into my basket, I’m not even sure how that happened! Pfffft. Amazon is a dangerous place for someone with no self-control.
101 of Repotting
Repotting your succulents is relatively easy providing you take care and follow these simple golden rules.
Carefully ease the plant form the old container
Loosen root ball- Breaking away any loose soil
Cut away any dead roots
Add a layer of moist (urghh I hate that word) mix to the bottom of the new container. Hold the plant in place and work mix well in between the roots. Add Cactus & Succulent focus repotting mix until it fills the container, just below the rim.
Water well from the top then keep your plants in the shade for around three weeks to allow new roots to grow.
I added vermiculite to the potting soil as it increases water and nutrient retention and aerates the soil, resulting in healthier, more robust plants.
Read more at Gardening Know How: What Is Vermiculite: Tips On Using Vermiculite Growing Medium https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/vermiculite-growing-medium.htm
My recent buying spree and new additions to the family include:
I loooooove this cute cup & saucer planter.
I picked up this cup and saucer combo in Home Bargains for 99p, definitely a great buy.
Pretty glass bowl planter.
This arrangement is one of my favourites; it looks uber stylish in the window. With a bit of luck, this one will act as a distraction when people stare through my window so that they won’t notice the mess that lies beyond.
The lasted addition to the bunch. They called out to me to rescue them as I walked past while doing some shopping! Tesco seems to have a smashing range of potted succulents in lately.
Secondary to my buying addiction is the fact succulents are super easy to cultivate. I have eight on the go to date.You can do this by carefully removing leaves, making sure you get the whole leaf so it can grow roots of its own.
Once you have your amputees, you’re in for a wait. The leaf will dry out, and a callus will develop. It’s best to leave them to dry for about week.
Once the callus has developed, place the leaves on top of the soil, not in just on top. Now find a lovely bright and warm spot then wait again, wait for what seems like ever!
Eventually, you will notice teeny tiny little succulent cousins developing, at this stage you will need to be sure to keep the soil moist, so the babies get fed.
Succulents make fantastic gifts for any occasion and imagine the gloating when you can say you grew them yourself. Bonus.
Caring for your succulents
- Ideally, you should use tepid water when watering
- Dust your plants with a soft paintbrush
- From April to December water your plants freely soaking the soil
- Allow compost to dry out thoroughly before watering again
- Most succulents are suited to a warm, bright window ledge
- Use an oven glove to handle spiny varieties
Succulents are good for your health!
I have to admit I think I may have developed a new hobby; these little plants are addictive! Cultivating and growing these tiny plants has become a way of regulating my emotions during stressful times. They brighten my day when I’m feeling sad.
In an article from Psychology Today I read; If you can designate an hour a day or even a few hours a week for something you feel truly inspired and enlivened by, don’t be surprised if some of that newfound zest carries over into your work and family life! Read the full post here.
Get creative and let us know if you too become a succulent obsessed addict in the comments.