How To: Take Care of Succulents
Hi there! Welcome to our Houseplant 101 where we will share a few professional tips for keeping indoor succulents thriving and lush so you can get into your indoor jungle dreams. Today I am sharing images from a Succulent Workshop at Pottery Barn South Park Mall in Charolette, North Carolina from Mckenzie Leigh Photography while telling you what I think about succulents. Keep reading to learn how to care for these low-maintenace pretties!
Succulents are so popular right now! If you fancy yourself as a black thumb gardener, then these plants are totally for you. They play on some of the hottest trends of the moment like low maintenance, easy to grow, green, sustainable and pretty.
Some of my favorites for indoor growing are hawthorn, pachpodiums, aloe, agave, hen and chicks, sedum, echeverias, jade to name a few! Succulents come from desert-like regions around the world. They usually have thick, hefty leaves that are anything but boring. These chunky leaves store water for long periods of time in their native arid climates, which lends to the reason so many do well indoors.
These plants require such little care that they make ideal jewelry (see photos below).
It's a good rule of thumb to treat succulents like a cactus, which means water when dry. You can keep them happy and thriving indoors by allowing them to go totally dry before watering. Western and southern windows are the ideal location indoors. Some varieties can adapt to low light.
Use drainage like rocks and sand to control moisture. It's best to underwater that overwater.
Your succulent will not be cheerful indoors if it is overwatered or there is a lack of sun. You may notice rotting leaves, or little white flies. If overwatering happens you can let it dry completely over a few weeks. They are forgiving and usually recover.
I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Pottery Barn on in store Succulent Workshops. The kind crew at Pottery Barn at South Park Mall in Charolette, North Carolina was amazing. Thank you for having us!
I am grateful to Mackenzie Delappe who graciously drove over 6 hours to photograph the event. She didn't realize the event was so far from her home when she said she'd come. But, she kindly came anyway!
I am grateful to Certified American Grown Flowers and Mellano & Company who worked effortlessly to get plants to us. You can read about our collaboration here.
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