I always kill my succulents...
I literally have no idea why. What is strange is that they are advertised as a low maintenance plant and yet, for some reason, I always kill them.
Over watering, under watering, not enough light, aphids, I have experienced it all. But like all relationships you always learn a thing or two, here is what I learned in my rocky relationships..
1. COP A FEEL... from time to time.
Lets face it we all love affection. Succulents store their water in their leaves, which is why they require very minimal water. I've learned that if you feel the leaves you can tell when they are a bit thirsty. You want to ensure your succulent leaves feel very firm and full of water. Sometimes the leaves on your succulent will begin to wrinkle, which is an indication that they need water...desperately.
2. SPRINKLE WITH LOVE
For the longest time I thought I knew it all and that succulents do not drink from their leaves. I was WRONG! Succulents, due to their natural environment, which is arid, hot and minimal rainfall, can retain water from mist or dew, so spray away... but not too much.
3. HIT IT AND QUIT IT...
Not the best relationship advice if you are looking for a partner, but a succulent? It works like a charm. If your pot has drainage it will almost always dry out quicker than plants without, but when its watering time, you want to give it a full watering, then leave it alone. I recommend watering once a month in the spring and summer, and not at all in the winter months.
In conclusion, with succulents it is OK to be a part-time lover...
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