The secret to cultivating succulents successfully is to give them conditions
similar to their native habitats, which for the most part are warm, arid and
receive minimal rainfall (under 20 inches a year) costal areas is the south
west of England is ideal.
Looking after succulents in your mini gardens indoors or under cover:-
Water only during the growing season.
Donít keep the compost mix wet all the time ó you want to let the surface
dry out a little bit before you water again, conversely, you donít want it
to get bone dry or youíll stress the plant. When a plant is water-stressed,
itís going to be dull looking, soft and malleable. When itís well watered,
itís going to be plump, shiny and firm as with all gardens these need
weeding on occasions, grass often turns up along with clover and shamrock
looking plants which need careful cutting out but watch out for seeds flying
Occasionally some of the succulents do so well they outgrow their space, you
have two choices prune those around it planting the off cuts as cuttings or
dig up and re-pot in good well drained compost.
It's worth knowing that succulents have a dormant period (most of them in
the winter) and they donít need as much water then. Since they are dormant,
they arenít growing and they donít use up as much water.
Sometimes the lower leaves of succulents especially Sempervivum are going to
shrivel up and die, don't worry this is normal just pick them off.
How to care for succulents indoors!
Growing succulents indoors can be a bit tricky.
When succulents are indoors itís often hard for them to get enough sunlight.
Ideally they like 6 hours of Sunlight youíll want to keep your plants as
close to the window as you can, but be careful not to let them get sunburned
if the light from the window gets too hot.
The same applies to direct sun in green-houses
We keep our succulents in an east facing window ledge, right up against the
window, and they have done really well. If your succulents arenít getting
enough light they will start to stretch and get leggy
If there isnít anywhere that gets brighter light (or more hours of light),
donít worry! if they do get too leggy for your taste, just cut off the top
and propagate it! The bonus is that youíll also get more plants :)