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Posted by Kiersten Schulte on July 11, 2014 | Last Updated: August 7, 2014 Flowers Succulents

Succulent Care Tips: 3 Things You Should Know!

Have you received a beautiful succulent planter as a gift, or would you like to start growing succulent plants for fun? Succulents make excellent, low-maintenance houseplants. Eastern Floral would like to show you the best ways to care for your succulents so that you can enjoy them for years to come!

Provide Plenty of Light

To grow your succulents successfully, you will need to be able to provide plenty of light. Outdoors, choose a location that receives sun at least six hours of the day. Inside, a bright southern window works best. An easy way to tell if your succulents aren’t getting enough light is if they start getting “leggy.” Instead of growing in tight, full clusters, your plants will stretch towards the nearest light source.

You will also need to be careful about providing too much light too quickly. If your succulents have been growing in a shaded area, don’t move them into a full sun spot all at once. When you move them suddenly, the leaves will bleach or turn brown – it’s the succulent equivalent of a sunburn. If you need to provide more light, do it gradually, moving your planter a little closer to a bright light source each day.

Getting the Water Requirements Right

Many people are intimidated by succulents and their water requirements, but you will find that a succulent planter is very easy to care for. Make sure your plants are in a soil that drains well – it should never be allowed to puddle in the pot. Too much water that doesn’t drain away can result in soft succulents that will eventually start to rot. Give your succulents a thorough soaking to get the soil evenly moist. Between waterings, the soil should be allowed to dry out. However, you don’t want the soil to be dry for days or weeks on end – your succulent will stop growing, and it may even start to lose its leaves.

The Perfect Temperature

If you plan to keep a terrarium of succulents indoors, temperature isn’t likely to become a problem. Growing them outside requires a little more attention to the weather. Since these are desert plants, most succulents can handle a wide variance in temperatures. They like to be kept between 70 and 80 degrees in the daytime and around 50 degrees at night. However, most succulents can handle temperatures down to 40 degrees or up to 100 degrees. If temperatures are likely to exceed that range, you should consider moving your succulents indoors or to a more appropriate location so they stay healthy.

Caring for succulents is easy! That’s why Eastern Floral highly recommends these adorable little plants as a gift. Send a planter to your loved one today, and they will have something that they can enjoy for years to come!