Planting Succulents

Are you  adding new succulent plants to your indoor collection and are curious about when is the best succulent planting time. We’ll answer your question of “when do I plant succulents” and add some tips on keeping your new plantings healthy and happy!

Nevertheless of the suitable planting time for your area, never leave a just purchased succulent in a pot of soggy soil. Home improvement and big box stores often soak containers to this point, and it can be deadly for the succulent plant. If this happens to you, un pot and gently remove all the wet soil you can and then let the roots dry out for a few days. Repot the plant into dry cactus soil and wait a week or two before watering.

Never plant succulents on hot, sunny days. Do it in the evening and, when possible, wait for a cool overcast day to do your outdoor planting. Even though succulents can live in the hot sun and extreme heat, they prefer being planted in gentler weather. If you’re in an area with warm temperatures year round and sizzling heat in the summer, plant succulents in late winter to early spring. Make sure you plant into soil with modified drainage. If you will be growing succulents in different climates, such as those with below freezing winters, make sure nighttime temps are above the 45 degrees F. (7 C.) range before planting outside. Many of these plants are cold hardy, such as sempervivums and sedums, (types of succulents)  and can exist in much lower temperatures. However, they will establish a good, healthy root system more quickly when planted in warmer temps.

Definitely look at the plant tag that is usually provided with your succulent to see what your succulent needs. Also by researching your plants and pay attention to the area where you plant your succulent or cactus, making sure it is close to what your plant needs.

Succulents can thrive indoors year-round and can live outdoors in most climates. The easiest way to grow and propagate these plants isn’t through planting seeds, but by taking cuttings from established plants. Planting them yourself gives you better creative control over how your arrangement looks, and is an inexpensive introduction to gardening.  You can also start your new succulent from Succulent cuttings or leaves. If you don’t have them from a cutting you took, you can get them from Amazon and several sellers on Etsy. Preparing your succulents is the most important part of this process. You want to make sure that you have enough of the stem to plant beneath the soil to support the plant. Remove any extra leaves from the bottom of the stem. For larger cuttings, about an inch of bare stem is fine, and you can use less for smaller cuttings.

Next, look at the bottom of your cutting. The plants should have a “callous” on them, meaning that the bottom of the plant has dried out. This forms a few days after cutting the succulent, so you should wait a few days before planting freshly cut succulents. You can speed up this process by leaving the cutting on a paper towel or paper bag for the end to dry faster. The great thing about succulents is that you can plant their leaves, too, so save the leaves you removed from the stem. Make a small hole in the soil, about an inch deep. Place your cutting into the depression, and cover with soil. Succulents don’t usually need a lot of water, but while they are establishing their roots, you’ll need to water them every 2-4 days, depending on how dry the soil gets. Don’t be surprised if you see the leaves start to look a little dried out at first, this is the plant using it’s stored energy resources while it builds new roots. In about four weeks you’ll start to see new growth. Once the plants have established their roots and begin to grow, switch to weekly watering or only when the soil is dry!

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