How to Keep Your Succulent Alive

succulent plant at home

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I am a huge failure when it comes to keeping plants alive. Several years ago I made the impromptu decision to purchase an orchid while trolling the Ikea Marketplace and killed it within several weeks. Thankfully, I didn’t spend top dollar on my floral purchase and since then I have stayed clear of purchasing delicate plants for my apartment. In more recent years I have smartened up and opted for lower maintenance plants that require little-to-no green thumb and have become particularly fond of succulents (just like everyone else it seems!). You can imagine my disappointment when my so-called easiest plant to keep alive died right before my eyes. The horror…the horror! Since then, I have enlisted the advice from a co-worker who studied Horticulture and am currently enjoying two healthy and thriving succulents. Here’s how I did it:

Sunlight 

Your plants don’t need to be in direct sunlight all day (I am pretty sure mine were literally getting sunburnt), but allow your succulents 5-6 hours of sunlight per day.


Watering

Don’t stick to a firm watering schedule. Instead, check the soil on a regular basis and water only when the soil is completely dry. For some, you may only need to water your plants every other week, while I found that my succulents needed more frequent watering due to the dry air in my apartment.


Potting

I learned the hard way that using a pot without drainage is a sure way to slowly kill your plant. Make sure to pot your plant in a pot with drainage in the bottom.

Do you have any tips that I have left out? If so, leave a comment below!

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  1. Heather | Gold Dipped Chaos November 10, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Cannot for the LIFE OF ME keep any plants alive! Love this! I think my succulents die because they don’t get enough sunlight.

    ♥ Heather

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