How to Grow Succulent Plants

Succulent plants add a fun and refreshing element to any garden. Whether it be an exotic cactus or colorful Aeonium, these plants are fairly easy to grow and maintain in your home garden.

It's always important to research specific care tips on the species you are growing, but here are a few tips on how to care for succulent plants to help you get started.

Light

As most species of succulents originate in the desert, they thrive in bright areas. A well-lit spot that also receives shade is ideal for these plants that tend to scorch when exposed to too much sun. If you notice that your succulent is stretching or bending toward the light, move it slightly toward the sun for more exposure.

Water

It is a common misconception that succulents do not need to be watered regularly. While they can survive with less attention, they still need a little TLC to thrive and flourish. In warmer months, you should water your succulent at least once a week, soaking the plant with water when the soil is completely dry. In the cooler seasons, your succulent will go into a dormant phase and need less care.

Temperature

Succulents grow best in warm temperatures, as the ideal every day temp is between 70 and 85 degrees. However, they can also survive cool temps that reach low as 40 degrees.

Soil

Succulents need well-drained soil to grow and flourish. With the increasing popularity of household succulent and cacti plants, you should be able to find an appropriate soil at your gardening store. Otherwise, a combination of regular soil, gravel and coarse sand will work fine.

Fertilizer

It is not essential to fertilize succulents, but if you feel the need, keep it minimal, since overfertilization can kill the plant. It is recommended to use a low nitrogen fertilizer on succulents, and use one-fourth to one-half the suggested amount.