TIPS TO KEEP YOUR SUCCULENTS & CACTI HAPPY INDOORS
The unexpectedly beautiful blooms, unique shapes, and textures have made cacti & succulents a horticultural favorite. Most cacti and succulents like to grow in deserts, where they get plenty of light, good drainage, high temperatures, and low moisture. Therefore, to keep cacti and succulents healthy, it is best to recreate their natural environment. Below are some points to keep in mind when caring for your cacti and succulents to keep them happy indoors.
Water Them, But Sparingly
Succulents and cacti are well-adapted to dry environments where they can tolerate full sun. Like camels, cacti and succulents can conserve water by storing it in their bodies. For this reason, it is not a problem if you skip watering, which makes these plants somewhat "undemanding" They also like to dry out completely between watering's, so they can go a little longer than your moisture-loving plants. If you don't provide your plants with enough water, they will start drawing on their reserves to survive. If your succulents and cacti start looking droopy, this is why!
Light Is Their #BFF
Cacti and succulents do well with bright light sources due to which it’s best to place them in a bright place indoors. However, be careful not to place the plants in direct sunlight, as the intense light can cause them to turn yellow. If you don’t have access to natural light, artificial lighting can help make up for it.
Extreme Temperatures = Bad News
They like average temperatures much more than the extremes. Cold temperatures can cause frost damage, while hot temperatures can cause burning and atrophy. It’s recommended to try and keep your succulent & cacti within a more reasonable temperature range, such as one that occurs naturally indoors (18-24° C).
Don’t Forget to Rotate Your Pots
Regardless of where you place your succulents, chances are one side of the plants will not receive the same amount of light as the other. Over time, this can cause your succulents to grow and "lean" towards the sun. Preventing this is simple: turn the plant over from time to time to give some sun to the other side. This will make them more beautiful and better support their growth.
Check Them Regularly for Pests
It is important to clip off any wilted or dead leaves from your succulent plants, as these leaves attract pests and insects. If small white spots begin to appear on the leaves of the plant, this may be due to a mealybug infestation. Don't worry, these pests are easy to remove from the plant - rubbing alcohol & water in a spray bottle or on a cotton swab will do the trick without hurting the plant. In addition to this, air circulation is also one of the factors to control pests & prevent them.
Keep Your Plants Clean
Indoor plants tend to pick up dust on their surfaces which tend to affect their growth. Because of this, it’s important to clean the leaves and spines using a damp cloth, and if you have difficulties reaching some areas you can use a soft paintbrush.
To help summarize, green thumb or not succulents & cacti are fun and easy to grow if they are cared for properly. With the right balance of soil, water, and sunlight, succulent plants can thrive without much effort. If you want to grow your succulent & cacti collection, check out our varieties by clicking here.